Kingdom Of Heaven Reviews

  • [A] handsome but curiously remote Crusades epic.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Ridley Scott's plaintive epic about the Crusades is an ostensibly fair-minded, even-handed account of one of the least fair-minded, even-handed chapters in human history.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Even a persuasive supporting cast gets Heaven only so far.

    Mike Clark — USA Today

  • As Balian and his people withstand the might of Saladin's fiery projectiles, siege towers and the usual computer-generated swarm of soldiers, it's hard not to think we're really watching The Lord of the Rings IV: Legolas Defends Jerusalem.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • Is Orlando Bloom enough of a star to sustain a $100 million costume drama? The answer turns out to be yes.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • A mostly lumbering, occasionally rousing epic that walks a bizarre line between historical fact and Hollywood wishful thinking.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The movie does what any self-respecting politician would do: sidestep the issues, soft-pedal mortal costs, talk a fat game, and divert your attention away from history with exercises in spectacle and power.

    Michael Atkinson — Village Voice

  • Filmed in Morocco, in Spain and in computers, Kingdom fills a vast canvas with breathtaking spectacle. In contrast, most of the performances are blandly ordinary.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • A $130 million epic with much to marvel at and great battle scenes, but it dazzles the senses while barely touching the heart.

    Eric Harrison — Houston Chronicle

  • Scott continues to be a master of chaotic mayhem.

    Philip Wuntch — Dallas Morning News

  • Never straying from issues of war and peace, organized religion and an individual's relationship to God, Kingdom of Heaven earns the right to rattle its swords.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • One imagined that a movie about the Crusades would be gallant and mad; one feared that it might stoke some antiquated prejudice. But who could have dreamed that it would produce this rambling, hollow show about a boy?

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • A spectacular battle for Jerusalem, as only Ridley Scott could direct.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Even when the drama falters, the movie shimmers with palatial splendor, explodes with adventure and reeks with bloodshed and horror.

    Michael Wilmington — Chicago Tribune

  • The cinematography, supporting performances and battle sequences are so meticulously mounted that they still compel, even when Bloom fails to.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The climax features a dandy battle, but getting to it requires sitting through nearly two hours of posturing and pontificating.

    Jeff Strickler — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Dramatically, the problem is it's a lot easier to root for someone battling tigers and gladiators than it is to cheer on a guy wondering about the meaning of life. This is why Waiting for Godot has never been made into a summer movie blockbuster.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • The biggest shortcoming of this crusader story is not that Scott twists the facts (he does), but that he can't elevate the story to something more than an alluring re-creation.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

  • The religious sentiment accumulates into a tower of politically correct Jell-O.

    Andrew Sarris — New York Observer

  • Genuinely spectacular and historically quite respectable.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

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