“I Am A Soldier Of Rome! I Will Not Yield!”
“No Word For This Great Movie”
“The Best Film To Have Come Out Of 2010, I Adore This Grand Epic Of A Movie, Its Just A Cult Classic”
“An Ambitious And Epic Film That Mixes Elements Of "The Lord Of The Rings" With "300" And "Gladiator." Director Neil Marshall's Visionary Eye Perfectly Sets The Tone For This Blood And Guts Fest That Features A Powerhouse Performance By Michael Fassbender.”
“This Rock-on, Graphic Epic Will Have You Craving More!”
“"The Real Tone In The Roman Days"”
When it comes to crunchy impalings and messy arterial geysers, Marshall's a maestro.
Chris Nashawaty - Entertainment Weekly
For all its analogies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, or wherever, the underlying thrust of Centurion is its celebration of bloodlust.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
This is exercise-bike cinema: energetic, relentless and tipping towards monotony.
Xan Brooks - Guardian [UK]
Centurion wraps itself in talk of duty and honor, but really it's just another cinematic death-trip.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Flaming arrows, spears, and knives have no problem finding their way to the back of a mouth. The profanity is delightful. And the general atmosphere is grim. The movie just isn't terribly inspired.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
[A] highly enjoyable action-adventure.
F.X. Feeney - Village Voice
Marshall shows off the breathtaking landscape, but with interiors, he populates the ale houses and encampments with cliches.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
There are, by my count, six standard types of violence in film these days: Tarantino, comic book, Scorsese, martial arts, horror and stupid. That's right: stupid. For an example, look no further than Centurion.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Far more entertaining, and infinitely less cumbersome, than its recent big-budget Hollywood counterparts.
Cary Darling - Dallas Morning News
The film has a resigned bitterness, hard to shake off, that feels right for the experience of tough guys, from whatever period of history, who find themselves at the tattered edge of what they take to be civilization.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
Most of the characters are so characterless that you can't tell who they are when they get impaled or beheaded, and you can't remember who they used to be after they're dispatched. Not that it matters.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Auteur cinema of a very narrow stripe, this personalizes a familiar genre to advance a singularly pessimistic view of humanity.
Ben Sachs - Chicago Reader
Bloody well done.
Rob Nelson - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Rousing if slightly predictable.
Leslie Felperin - Variety
Sack, pillage, repeat. Heads will roll. And bounce. And be stuck on pikes.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
It's a darned entertaining outing from a director who knows action, loves narration and doesn't share Hollywood's fear of period pieces that don't involve Greek gods.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
It offers riveting storytelling, gorgeous cinematography and scenery, loads of gore, and a politically complicated history lesson.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
No one can claim the bloodshed was toned down in the quest for a PG-13 -- and I consider that to be a positive quality.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Unpretentious swords-and-sandals film crafts a tight survival drama out of Roman Empire lore.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
By turns heroic, fearsome, funny, fateful and, oh, so brutal, with swords hacking off heads at every turn.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
A darned entertaining outing from a director who knows action and doesn't share Hollywood's fear of period pieces that don't involve Greek gods.
Roger Moore - Movie Nation
Michael Fassbender can carry a movie.
Dave White - Movies.com
With a raucous, gruesome tone, this Roman-era British action movie takes us back in time in such a vivid way that we often feel a bit queasy while watching. If the story were stronger, we'd be glued to the screen.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The sight of a technologically superior occupying force coming a cropper in hostile foreign territory inescapably brings modern Afghanistan to mind.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Director Neil Marshall thrills yet again setting forth his own vision of the gladiator epic that pays tribute to the classic tropes of the sub-genre, but is concurrently a revenge film and journey in to darkness...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Features a commitment to craft that helps overcome issues of storytelling by providing a visceral, violent experience designed to get you in your gut and bones more than in your heart or head.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
It's a cat and mouse game where we are stuck rooting for the cat even though it killed and raped thousands of mice.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
If I believed in the concept of "guilty pleasures," I'd classify Centurion as one, but I think I maybe just kind of enjoyed it.
Mike Russell - Oregonian
A pre-chainsaw extravaganza where the Romans talk like James Bond and the Picts have better military backgrounds than the American generals who invaded Afghanistan.
Ron Wilkinson - Monsters and Critics
The real fate of the 9th Legion may never be known, but I'm sure whatever happened to them was more interesting than this movie.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Centurion is like 'Gladiator' directed by Freddy Krueger
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Marshall's film has a good helping of subtle smarts, but he is more concerned through most of the running time with carnage and bloody thrills.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
Marshall is big on desaturated imagery, which imparts to the film's copious amounts of hemoglobin the look of squid ink.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
... fine for a midnight screening or a Saturday matinee (although it's too violent for kids) but doesn't hold up under close scrutiny.
Sarah Boslaugh - Playback:stl
Anachronistic dialogue, happenstance plot turns and characters so thinly conceived as to be interchangeable all but counteract cinematographer Sam McCurdy's otherwise stalwart Cinemascope work.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
... a bloody, gritty, simple chase film that gives Michael Fassbender a lead role that could easily turn him into a viable action hero in big Hollywood films
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Beautifully shot by Sam McCurdy ("The Descent,' "Doomsday"), "Centurion" is a throwback to the great Roman legionnaire and gladiator movies, but with prosthetics and "300"-style digital makeup effects.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Centurion treats arterial sprays like Sex and the City treats shoes.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
Centurion feels more like a video game than a movie. And it works fairly well on that sensory-overload level, except it's a video game you can't play.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Lean, riveting, and taking no prisoners.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Characters are not deep or unique, but the action is plentiful and quick-cut, realistic in overall combat chaos with individual hand-to-hand not lingered on.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
A gritty, grueling, bloody adventure, with exciting action-set pieces and a dogged refusal to assign white and black hats.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Even for the seasoned gorehound, Marshall's films hack off body parts you've never seen hacked off before -- or ever thought you'd want to.
Matt Prigge - Philadelphia Weekly
Centurion is part heroic mission film, part curious wartime picaresque. It's also a product of Marshall's idiosyncratic idea of period fidelity.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
Occasionally Marshall provides a back story to fill out a role, but too often that's how it comes off: as filler.
John Hartl - Seattle Times
Really little more than a boys' adventure tale done in a style more gruesome than most...too intense and nasty to be sheer dumb fun, and too silly and formulaic to be taken for a serious historical epic.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
It's certainly not art, and it is not for the squeamish, but at least it does what it sets out to do.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
[T]he only new thing Marshall brings to the Roman Empire subgenre is gross-out aesthetics.
Andy Klein - Brand X
My appreciation for Centurion is fairly simplistic ... and amounts to little more than its success as a bloodbath with an appropriately cynical outlook and a cornucopia of brutality displayed with skill.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Over time, Marshall's interest in period brutality becomes a grinding obsession.
Scott Tobias - AV Club