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Scott and Crowe made a great movie out of Gladiator, tapping deep into the showbiz masculine bravura of ancient world Hollywood spectaculars.In Robin ..
This story is a prequel.It takes place entirely before Robin got to be a folk hero.
His fifth collaboration with director Ridley Scott isnt as excellent an epic as Gladiator, but it features some terrific performances by some of today ..
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Best of all, the film just feels huge: genuinely epic in a way few movies have since Lord of the Rings.
Scott doesnt understand that the myth of Robin Hood remains popular today because its precisely that: a story of heroism that fulfills a spiritual nee ..
The Robin Hood of myth and moviedom is for the most part AWOL. Why should we have to wait until the last five minutes to see Crowe crack a smile, let ..
But the Robin Marion romance strongly holds the movie together while Scotts muscular direction and Marc Streitenfelds brilliant score make this one of ..
The Hollywood Reporter
Scott is at his best directing the action sequences and moving the story forward but is unable to imbue the characters with any dimensionality.
It is not that taking the fun out of a Robin Hood story is a crime.
E Film Critic
Its not surprising that Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe, aiming to decant the gritty machismo of Gladiator into a medieval flagon, don their best poker ..
Simultaneously simplistic and over plotted, revisionist and predictable...
Instead of the usual romantic adventure, Scott and screenwriter Brian Helgeland offer a gritty drama, using the Robin Hood story to depict the birth p ..
San Francisco Chronicle
Now, comparing Rid n Russ bold take on the Robin Hood legend with Christopher Nolans towering crime epic is perilous; rather too much expectation infl ..
But everything about Gladiator that elevated it from cheesy potboiler to something kind of great is lost in Robin Hood, a very long, very noisy epic w ..
Heavy on grit yet light as a feather, Robin Hood avoids the gloss of Errol Flynns, Kevin Costners and Disneys 1950s versions.
Ny Daily News
...something of a misstep that sometimes borders on terrific yet mostly meanders in and out of just okay in Sherwood Forest.
Sure there are some good battle scenes but theres an awful lot of boring in between.
Until now.Damned if those dual spoilsports, the gladiatorial director Ridley Scott reteamed with his portly star Russell Crowe, havent drained every d ..
The Globe And Mail
Russell Crowe stars in Robin Hood, about the legendary figure whose exploits have endured in popular mythology.(David Appleby / Universal Studios) Rus ..
Yet, the movie feels hamstrung throughout by its transparent effort to make it relevant.
It is a time when the gap between the rich nobility and the poor commoners is wide and unsurpassable.
Spirituality And Practice
A slightly soggy popcorn adventure. Far from being a Robin for the ages, its a retelling youll hardly care about while youre watching it and barely re ..
One Guys Opinion
The directorial choices are, for the most part, so lazy, the blockbuster engineering so blatant, that Robin Hood often falls into self parody.
I give it props for being epic in scope and behind all its missteps theres still something to ponder about the Robin Hood legend thats worth pondering ..
Unfortunately, the result is more like the warmed up leftovers of Braveheart than a new approach to an old tale.
Unfortunately, Scott has failed to actually make a good movie.Whereas Costners film was laughably bad, Scotts film is just dull.
Combust Ible Celluloid
I seem to recall Robin Hood stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, but there isnt much of that in this $237 million action adventure flick.
This version of Robin Hood is a messy, unnecessary story, which has a few visceral moments in Scotts handling of medieval battles.
Mark Reviews Movies
Its a little lacking in humor and a bit in love with battle sequences, but its historical context and fine cast make it a volume worth putting on the ..
Aside from that, it is a decent action film with some history thrown in.
Ridley Scott shoots the action scenes the way he always shoots action scenes competently, energetically but without any life.
Eric Ds Nider
This one has a lot in common with Scotts equally dreadful Kingdom of Heaven, which also managed to spend a lot of money on an epic scale production wh ..
Scotts film has tremendous strengths fine battle scenes, a strongly realised interpretation of events and a commanding lead performance but the weak s ..
Theyre soon joined by fellow soldier Little John (KEVIN DURAND) in the stockade when Robin is asked to freely speak his mind about the Kings behavior.
Every element is expertly crafted, from the gritty production design to the soaring cinematography.
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Similarly, theres not enough action and the film drags horribly in the middle section.This is watchable enough but it never feels like a proper Robin ..
We never even get to see Robin steal from the rich and give to the poor. Thats because the film is a prequel in search of a sequel. With any luck, we ..
Im not sure American audiences will sufficiently embrace this gritty version to allow for the sequel promised in the final scene.
New York Post
If only the film had a dramatic pulse to complement its superb production values!
Film Journal International ..
And it definitely leaves the possibilities for a sequel, which is a real cheat.
Deseret News (Salt Lake Ci ..
Its a little too obvious and ham handed in places to be a really good movie, but any film that lasts two hours and 20 minutes without seeming like a l ..
This Robin Hood is mostly a smart, muscular entertainment; it doesnt breathe new life into a genre as did Gladiator, Scotts first pairing with Russell ..
The film moves along well enough, but it just isnt especially compelling or exciting.
Did not Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott implicitly promise me awesome with their Gladiator in Sherwood Forest movie
I dont think its too much to expect that I should fall in love with Robin and Marian as a couple, too.
The swash buckles under the weight of heavy verbiage in Robin Hood, Ridley Scotts well intended but weakly executed retelling of the ancient woodland ..
As a panel in the output of versatile helmer Scott, this prequel is detail oriented but its too serious, grim and verbose, posited between Kingdom of ..
Whether this will quite do the same for Crowe as Gladiator remains to be seen; its hard for a film that is painted in such sombre browns and dull gree ..
After watching this Ridley Scott prequel to the legendary Robin Hood exploits, my answer is a resounding YES.
Reel Talk Reviews
Given that Scotts primary imprint as a filmmaker is the visual quality of his productions, it should come as little surprise that Robin Hood looks imp ..
There are few classier directors than Scott at creating action movies on a truly epic scale.
This adaptation seems either not to understand the appeal of its source material or to reject it deliberately.
Entertaining but too complicated for its own good, this Robin Hood will doubtless make off with some good box office, but is unlikely to steal your he ..
Eye For Film
Both leads delve deep into their characters for resonant and satisfying performances.
While the lengthy, detail oriented production is visually splendid, Russell Crowe is almost devoid of charisma, barely sparking with Cate Blanchett.
I did.And its a Ridley Scott spectacle, so that means everybodys all serious, the Angelic Voice Soundtrack Lady is whoooing over the soaring music, yo ..
Such honor should please Russell Crowe, but helike the movie around himlooks distinctly underjoyed.
In a partial attempt to relive the glory of Gladiator (2000), director Scott and star Russell Crowe reunite for another go at the period action advent ..
That already sounds a little like Braveheart or Gladiator, which means Robin Hood may seem overly familiar but it is still a big, sweeping epic execut ..
A solid change of pace for those seeking something a bit more substantial amid the sound and fury norm.
Mr Brown Movies
Ridley, were there.Its been a long, torturous journey, taking twice as long as anybody ever expected it to, but the directors take on the tale looks t ..
It goes without saying that drawing comparisons to a movie called Beerfest does not bode well for a serious minded period epic.
Stars with the talent of Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett diminish their stature by appearing in unchallenging roles like these and mediocre pictures ..
But even that would leave out the films most glaring missing component, humor.
It is a long, joyless exercise in tedium that defies imagination, this new journey to Sherwood Forest an arrow to the jugular thats as lifeless as it ..
Any attempt by the makers of Prince of Persia to create a magical fun adventure instead falls flat, ultimately turning into a convoluted mess that bar ..
Bringing new ideas to an old standard is always a worthwhile cause, but that doesnt mean it will necessarily lead to anything good.
Rather, its a two and a half hour epic about sticking it to the French.
... in an age of endless prequels adding backstory no one ever asked for, the only thing this Robin Hood is stealing is the audiences time.
The pairing of Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe, and Cate Blanchett doing a new take on a classic tale sounds like a recipe for fun, but instead, Robin Hoo ..
That can be done very effectively.In the case of Ridley Scotts Robin Hood, the movie runs far too long, overstays its welcome, has murky character dev ..
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An extravagantly hollow experience that feels disconnected from the original character, and cant survive the ferocious scowl of Russell Crowe.
Film School Rejects
But on the evidence of Ridley Scotts lumbering, self important, pseudo epic Robin Hood, there clearly ought to be.
If the word prequel means that theres a sequel, Im looking forward to it.
While the origin story thats presented isnt boring by any means, its still hard not to feel a little disappointed when none of the familiar events in ..
Looking beyond the missed opportunity for social commentary, Robin Hood simply fails to hold the attention of its audience.
It isnt very often that you can be glad the film wasnt made as it was originally conceived and scripted.What did turn out under a great creative team ..
Scott delivers on spectacle, but our hero is more Mr Nice Guy than Maximus Meridius.
This isnt your fathers Robin Hood, and wont be your sons, either.
Tamp A Bay
Its rattling good entertainment, Scott and Crowes best since Gladiator.
The extras all look suitably sweaty, soiled and in need of dentistry.The film is a little long and introduces a few too many barons and Magna Carta su ..
If Ridley Scotts aim was to bewilder, then Robin Hood must be counted a storming success. From the opening scene, we are offered little idea of who is ..
Its so hammy and overwrought one cannot believe the makers thought it would be taken seriously.
Dustin Put Man
Yes, this Robin Hood: Origins tale doesnt quite follow the traditional model.
All of these parallel narratives are poorly paced and clumsily edited, so that you feel as if youre watching a condensed miniseries rather than a feat ..
Larsen On Film
Like being ordered to have long hair and smile on stage, but wondering how to smile with a trombone in your mouth.Or repeatedly told youre not good en ..
And no one wants a summer blockbuster that feels like a history lesson.
Hollywood And Fine
From the get go, this is a completely fresh take on a familiar tale so fresh, in fact, the story feels completely unfamiliar.
The story rambles from one locale to the other, failing to gain traction anywhere with its relentless flitting.
Killer Movie Reviews
Audience rousing cinema of this size and class does not come along often. A titillating conclusion leaves open the possibility of a sequel, and if Rob ..
Matts Movie Reviews
Its not a particular irritant, but the film does wander away from its core ingredients on occasion to play a few rounds of Risk, satisfying history ju ..
Brian Or Ndorf
with the snotty card And so the legend begins, just to rub it in a bit that whatever we just watched, it sure wasnt legendary. Legendarily boring, may ..
Antagony & Ecstasy
To be fair to both Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, theres no denying that both performers are the highlights of Robin Hood, a film that works infini ..
However, its enough to keep you truly and fully moved by the dramatic scenes because youll find yourself often at an emotional distance from Binew.The ..
Nyc Movie Guru
But Robin Hood is less old school than prehistoric, a primer in genre boilerplate, period generalizations and action film set pieces.
Director Ridley Scott knows how to make a movie thats beautiful to look at and sweeping in scope.
Robin Hood Synopsis Oscar winner Russell Crowe stars as the legendary figure known by generations as Robin Hood, whose exploits have endured in popula ..
Its never less than enjoyable (despite occasionally slipping to Blackadder territory) and played straight as an arrow with the Crowe/Scott partnership ..
All well and good, but theres very little emotion or suspense and the film finishes just as Robin is declared an outlaw.
You will be able to save yourself from getting disappointed of watching nothing but a lame movie.
Window To The Movies
Robin Hood 2010 should have hit the summer blockbuster bulls eye full on.Instead, it merely grazes it.
I suspect Scotts movie will make a boatload of money anyway, because audiences cant resist a good Robin Hood story and this is, indeed, a good one.
Today we have a print review from Trevan and a video review from Eric that both basically say the same thing: The Russell Crowe led Robin Hood is a bi ..
Crowes hero isnt the dispossessed nobleman of most other versions.
Surprisingly convoluted for a film that is at its finest when delivering visceral wham bam battle sequences.
Im just so sick of this. This grim, joyless, faux realist medieval world movies in this King Arthur / Kingdom of Heaven mold that seem almost entirely ..
Ridley Scotts more recent projects may not reach the heights of his early, iconic work, but the man knows how to make a solid film.Robin Hood is just ..
Its an ersatz epic about men in fights grim fights, grinding battles, clanking combats that are repetitive and, in a movie that runs 140 minutes, all ..
Despite problems, it is still worth seeing mainly because of its fascinating take on the characters.
Scott has no problem in ratcheting up action.But Scott does have a problem in ratcheting up drama.
This is just the beginning of a richly detailed movie that is at least as good as the Oscar winning Gladiator, the first collaboration between Scott a ..
Robin and Marian are played by a scowling Russell Crowe and a grim Cate Blanchett, who has the face of a wooden squaw stained by decades of cigar smok ..
Exactly the sort of sturdy, energetic pseudo historical epic that Scott can deliver in his sleep.
Robin Hood takes many liberties with history, but the story is made compelling by its all star cast.
Add on a somnambulistic pace to the proceedings and you have a film that is so unrelievedly slow and solemn throughout that it feels more like an exce ..
This may well be a truer historical depiction of the real Robin Hood, if there ever was one, but its not the stuff of enduring cinema.
Much of the film feels like its aimlessly wandering through the story hoping the legend itself will propel the action forward.
Everything about the film reflects a technical adeptness that, whilst satisfying on one level, also feels unfortunately stale.
Fan The Fire Magazine
Scott aims high, but never hits the target. His salvation is an ability to create and manage effects and name actors giving noteworthy performances.
Tri City Herald
Scotts version of the classic tale is a frightful bore from start to finish.
Scott is a master in choreographing grandeur and spectacle over a vast canvas.
A pointless, uninspired rehash, it begs contemporary relevance by making what might be half hearted gestures at Tea Party discontent with repeated bro ..
An unwavering melding of substance and style, Robin Hood is colorless through and through.
This is actually a soap opera drama about crown politics.Films like Elizabeth, and even the sequel Elizabeth: The Golden Age capture the drama of the ..
The Scorecard Review
Too bad theres still so much plot still.What makes a great Robin Hood movie
Russell Crowe, as Robin, lacks warmth and charisma and wit but at least makes up for it withnope, nothing.
If its sword on sword with arrows in the air action you want, Robin Hood delivers in a big way.
Ridley Scott has not made a Robin Hood movie.Or at least not a complete one.
Wayhomer Review #20: Robin Hood (2010) Episode #20 for Ridley Scotts Robin Hood, in which our protagonist discusses yet again the dangers of misnaming ..
A visually appealing blockbuster but one which mangles history and legend alike.
Those few lapses in judgment notwithstanding, Ridley Scott manages to inject fresh relevance into a centuries old tale.
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The film is pretty, and there are a few solid moments every hour. But considered as a work of cinema, with paid professionals involved, its an extreme ..
A beautiful bore: Robin has daddy issues and Ridley Scott pushes income redistribution
Theres legitimate poignancy in the way the characters have retained their handcrafted look even after 15 years of ruthlessly streamlined computer anim ..
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Its not really a Robin Hood story at all; a better title might have been Epic Movie.
Nice cinematography and set design aside, Robin Hood fails at its most basic level its not particularly entertaining, and as such, its not particularl ..
Week In Rewind
Scotts Robin Hood still wants to have action and adventure.It still wants to be entertaining.
The actions here, there, and everywhere... but all this to ing and fro ing fails to advance the narrative with the compelling force you crave in movie ..
The script itself has a sense of struggle behind it, with too many story lines and too little resolution.
Robin Hood is a bland film and by trying to appear so respectable it has lost most of the charm of the original folklore.
Even this would have been forgivable if not for the ending, which pushes all the wrong buttons in its attempt to be an iconic grand finale and effecti ..
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Moviegoers expecting an easy resolution will be happily disappointed.
Ridley Scott and a vast army of actors, crew and extras produce a massive new Robin Hood that stands with the veteran directors best work.
2 The Advocate
If Errol Flynns archer was a New Deal advocate of wealth redistribution, Russell Crowes dour AWOL soldier is a Robin of the Hood that Tea Partiers can ..
Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe will be better off pointing their arrows in different directions after this Dark Age howler.
Monsters And Critics
Despite some gripping battle sequences, some engaging performances and the occasional drop of humor (welcome, especially as Scott has never been anyon ..
Scotts films are all starting to bleed together. While I respect and appreciate his creative predilections, I confess I am tiring of his oeuvre. It ha ..
Its Gladiator: The Nottingham Years, explained director Ridley Scott about his epic new version of Robin Hood.
To tell a tale, of epic scale, with Ridley Scott again. And if you should moan, hell beat you with a phone. Russell Crowe. Russell Crowe. Russell Croo ..
News Of The World
Taken on its own merits, Robin Hood is a handsomely made and entertaining movie that reworks the traditional Hood characters into a Braveheart like me ..
Its all damn entertaining material. Even when youre not sure what its doing here, you cant help but enjoy it.
Between Russell Crowe (after he lightens up a bit...), Cate Blanchett and Max von Sydow, the acting chops are formidable.
Luckily, I chugged a red bull before the film started because Ridley Scotts Robin Hood was slow, boring and lifeless. The only Strong point was the fi ..
I expected Robin Hood to be Gladiator + Braveheart and I was pleased to find that it stands on its own as an entertaining movie.
Scotts straight faced approach robs the legend of its sense of fun, turning a hero of the people into a figurehead for self serious filmmaking.
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At the very least, it would have assured audiences a hero whos arresting.
There are great roaring fires and buckets of mead but none of it will ever warm you to Russell Crowe, whose charm seems to diminish by the nanosecond.
This Is London
The epitome of whats wrong with Hollywoods modern prequel mania it tells no story, offers no new insight into the characters and is all about putting ..
Instead, I was surprised to find a polished, exciting and surprisingly taut Hood, complete with an entirely acceptable performance from Russell Crowe ..
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Im thinking the title of the movie should be Ridley Scotts Robin Hood How to make the English hate the French again.
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Many of the figures in this story are well known but this movie fails to bring them to life.
As the first salvo in a hoped for franchise, this Robin Hood is pretty much a non starter. However, as a case study of the Hollwood assembly line run ..
He might be wearing chainmail, but hes no Iron Man. He might as well wear the tights and pointy shoes!
Its a resolutely grim and grubby lesson in 13th century British history filtered through all the requisite trademarks of a summer blockbuster.
At about two hours and 20 minutes, Robin Hood is heavy on exposition and dialogue and short on action. There seems to be a lot of dead space in which ..
For all its flaws, this is an entertaining romp which deserves to be seen on the big screen.
And I dont know if anyone can better direct the kind of swords and horses action on display here.
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Robin Hood was a workmanlike film with nothing special to recommend it other than the two lead actors and beautifully shot English countryside.
Dante and Beatrice Dante Alighieri is often considered the finest poet of the Middle Ages.
But where Gladiator was a rousing and exciting revenge tale that featured fully realized characters, Robin Hood collapses under the weight of a convol ..
This is not the classic 1938 The Adventures of Robin Hood, but it is an excellent tale that harks back more to Ridley Scotts Kingdom of Heaven than hi ..
Atlantic City Weekly
The irony here is between the powerful merge of cinematic storytelling, history, and the dominant role of the market, because if Sir Ridley Scotts epi ..
Ridley Scott doesnt deal in the traditional skirmishes and forest traps we associate with the tales.
Rarely has the story of an outlaw of the people been so uninspiring.
Between Scotts sense of the epic sweep, Helgelands robust script and an extremely strong ensemble, this movie, lodged well within the Middle Ages, is ..
Taking a page from so many comic book adaptations of late, the movie basically serves as an origin story/prequel to the Robin Hood who challenges corr ..
I thought was going to be the best film of the year ... never gels.
Were that many people clamoring to see whats basically X Men Origins: Robin Hood
A slog of a history lesson...despite its impressive technical aspects.
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But this is a fantasy adventure not real life.Russell Crowe is a stalwart hero and Scott backs him up with a first rate production and a fine supporti ..
Crowes accent roams the British Isles depending on who he is acting opposite, which is distracting, but Blanchett is luminous with an unshakable Notti ..
But thats not good enough, given the talent in front of and behind the camera.Robin Hood 2010 should have hit the summer blockbuster bulls eye full on ..
Contra Costa Times
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Miss Flick Chick
This looked like the airplane version of the movie and not the epic it could have been.
Crunch On This
Tea Partiers might thrill to the films message that every man should be free to fend for himself.
an early summer blockbuster that, unlike so many of its ilk, really hits the target.
You leave the movie feeling as if Robin Hood has served its purpose as an out of competition opener at Cannes; its skilfully made big budget entertain ..
Theres so much stuff crammed in here that the filmmakers forget to tell a truly engaging story.
It dabbles in the best moments of a dozen films before it, but never strikes out much more beyond this.
More serious than rollicking, more gradual than action packed, Scotts latest olde epic rarely presents compelling reasons for its deviations from the ..
Ridley Scott brings his usual keen cinematic eye and pain staking attention to period detail to Robin Hood, bringing an uninspired script to life with ..
Metaphorically, Scotts Robin Hood misses the bulls eye, but at least hits the edge of the target.
Video Review Master
Like his weapons of choice, Robin Hood needs to soar; Scott has anchored him in a needlessly self important tale that only rarely achieves the lightne ..
...the filmmakers laudably avoid a mere regurgitation of the traditional version...but theres a real down side to this as well: i.e., the film ends ju ..
For a film thats filled with CGI effects, there isnt a single shot that looks artificial, and the production design is tremendous.But its a hollow, bo ..
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Good but not great. The meatier story always follows the introduction, right
The cast, production and costumes are terrific. The story is so muddled and lousy it stains Gladiator. Crowe was right to fight %u2013 as rumored with ..
A more realistic / historical take on the legend of Robin Hood and his merry men, albeit not successful.
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It lacks the story punch of Scott and leading man Russell Crowes beloved epic Gladiator but it certainly makes up for it in style.
Its a little like making a Johnny Appleseed movie, but having him plant peach trees instead because peaches tested better with the 15 to 27 demographi ..
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