Beowulf Reviews

  • Beowulf is a solemnly gorgeous, at times borderline stolid piece of Tolkien-with-a-joystick mythology.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • You don't need to wait for Angelina Jolie to rise from the vaporous depths naked to know that this Beowulf isn't your high school teacher's Old English epic poem.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • once you have acclimatised yourself to the animation style, it tells a cracking good story, and the screenplay by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary conjures a secret history of vulnerability and human weakness behind the legend.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • As envisioned by director Robert Zemeckis, Beowulf is a sight to behold: The landscape and visuals are powerfully sweeping, the action sequences exhilarating and kinetic.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • I say the story works, but I wish they'd teach these avatars to act.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • Not all of it works -- and not all of it works the way the target audience of jacked-up young males might want it to -- but the movie is hugely provocative fun, and I'm pretty sure that's on purpose.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Beowulf is as dazzling a feast for the eyes as the hungriest eyes can take.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • It's imaginative, and it has the barreling forward motion and lurching thrills of a Dark Ages theme park, even when it's exercising battle-worn cliches.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • I can't speak for the standard-issue version, but the souped-up extravaganza is one of those experiences that remind you of the magic that movies are capable of conjuring.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Am I the only one who suspects that the intention of director Robert Zemeckis and writers Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary was satirical?

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • As far as cinematic mythology goes, this film flies only so high. And call me anti-Geat, but I was rooting for Crispin Glover's Grendel all along.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Their story arc brings some legitimate dramatic interest to Beowulf's climactic battle with the dragon.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Zemeckis, who blazed trails mixing live-action with animation in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, blazes not even a footpath here.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The adaptation replaces the two-dimensional characters of the epic poem with more human, nuanced individuals.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • It's more dazzle than disaster, but the technical ambitions of Beowulf work too sporadically to be completely effective, while the screenplay adaptation of the classic story suffers from serious bouts of corn poison.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • To the shock of cynics in the audience waiting for this film fantasy to be lame, Beowulf turns out to be exciting, fun and occasionally breathtaking. No question it's a popcorn flick, but it's cheesy only when it chooses to be.

    Kerry Lengel — Arizona Republic

  • For all its visual sweep and propulsively violent action, this bloodthirsty rendition of the Old English epic can't overcome the disadvantage of being enacted by digital waxworks rather than flesh-and-blood Danes and demons.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • Beowulf can be a lot of fun to watch -- at least in the 3-D IMAX version I saw.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Zemeckis has found the dark psychological underpinnings of this Dark Ages tale, and his version of it will endure even as the technology he used to tell it is replaced by something even more stunning.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Heads roll, arteries gush and spleens spill across the IMAX screen in Beowulf, just as you'd expect in a screen adaptation of the oldest surviving epic poem in the English language.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

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