I loved the notion of the Dark Ages as the Wild West with swords. Thumbs up.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper, 2004-07-12
By going back to its origins and dusting itself off, the King Arthur story has proved itself to have a very contemporary resonance.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2004-07-09
If King Arthur is as magnificently ridiculous as any Bruckheimer picture, its thuggish charms, which owe as much to Monty Python as to Sam Peckinpah, more than pick up the slack.
Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly, 2004-07-08
It's a solid, somber, rousing piece of studio zirconium: cobbled together from Gladiator, Braveheart, Lord of the Rings, The Magnificent Seven, and five tons of Hollywood hooey.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2004-07-07
That the movie works is because of the considerable production qualities and the charisma of the actors, who bring more interest to the characters than they deserve.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2004-07-07
A fine pretender to the historical action crown Ridley Scott's Gladiator reforged.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, 2004-07-07
For all this silly spin, King Arthur is a better movie than you might have expected.
Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press, 2004-07-07
Forget all that accuracy business and just enjoy the movie for what it is: a large-scale, passably engrossing tale of valiant knights doing valiant deeds.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2004-07-07
A title card says this King Arthur, grimly directed by Antoine Fuqua, is based on the latest research into the mythic past. Maybe so. But one can't help thinking the research that really counted was that into the more recent box-office charts.
Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, 2004-07-15
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2004-07-15
If this is history demystified, give me myth.
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, 2004-07-10
It's hard to care about a valiant groping for accuracy when a story is so badly told you can't tell what the devil is going on.
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com, 2004-07-10
Profoundly stupid and inept, but it's an endless source of giggles.
David Edelstein, Slate, 2004-07-08
Though King Arthur is set in ancient times, there's not much difference between this movie and Fuqua's recent film Tears of the Sun.
Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, 2004-07-08
Most folks, when asked about the legend of King Arthur, don't immediately conjure up an image of Keira Knightley in a leather bikini.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2004-07-07
This middling King Arthur doesn't waste time developing character -- or coherence -- when a big, joyless, synthetic battle will do.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, 2004-07-07
May the gods protect us from modernists messing with our myths.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, 2004-07-07
This version has action, yes, but the love triangle among Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot is diluted, and there's nothing exuberant about a dutiful slog through the muck.
Jami Bernard, New York Daily News, 2004-07-07