“A Boring Version Of Robin Hood”
“There Is No Difference Between A Knight And Any Other Man, Aside From What He Wears.”
“Rise & Rise Again...Until Lambs Become Lions!”
“Recreating Gladiator's Thunder A Decade Later”
“I Couldn't Have Fun With It...”
“What This Robin Hood Lacks In Fun It Makes Up For In Epic Sweep.”
“"Rise And Rise Again Until Lambs Become Lions."”
“Promising Start To New Robin Hood Adventure,”
“RIDLEY SCOTT TRICKED US INTO SEEING A PIECE OF CRAP FILM!”
“An Epic Movie That Is Not As Powerful As The Legendary”
“This Movie Was Pretty Good, But Not As Great As "Gladiator!"”
“A Wonderful Epic Picture.”
“Rise, And Rise Again. Until Lambs Become Lions”
“Classic- Riding The Ridley Coaster All The Way Through.”
“The Hero Rose Until He Became A Legend!”
“Solid Movie From The Ridley Scott”
“"'Robin Hood' Shoots And Hits The Target"”
“This Movie Should Never Be Siad In The Same Sentence As "Gladiator".”
“Robin Hood Or Robin Longstride?”
“This Movie I Was Expecting More , It Was Morally Disappointing I Expected Way More From The Genius's Behind Gladiator , Its Way To Long , It Drags On More Than It Should And In The End Your Leaving With A Headache .. I Actuall Fell Asleep At One Point”
“"A Cinematic Bow And Arrow Thrill"”
“This Latest Rehash Of Robin Hood Is A Prime Example Of What Happens When Big Stars Lose Respect For The Audience.”
“Robin Hood" The Latest "team-up" Between Director Ridley Scott And Russel Crowe, Has A Tremendous Production Value But The Story Is So Muddled And Convoluted That We're Left Wondering If This Is One Hollywood Character That Should Remain A Legend.”
“Well Made But Dry”
“Plenty Of Expensive Battles And A Simmering Romance In This Hodgepodge Of Legend And History.”
This latest rehash of Robin Hood is a prime example of what happens when big stars lose respect for the audience.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
I'm all for a new take on an old story. But Scott and his screenwriter, Brian Helgeland, work so mightily to turn Robin
into a stolidly noble, pre-notorious version of himself that they forget to make him at all magical. Rousing. A hero of the gle
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
There is a whole lot of meanwhile in this crowded, lumbering film.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
This is strong stuff.
Andrew Pulver - Guardian [UK]
Perhaps the worst, and most shameless, aspect of this tedious affair is that it's essentially a prequel for the Robin Hood better known for his redistribution of wealth.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
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 alone split an arrow?
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
It doesn't breathe new life into a genre as did Gladiator, Scott's first pairing with Russell Crowe, but it's a brawny reimagining of a beloved old myth, a period popcorn movie turned out with professionalism and gusto.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The directorial choices are, for the most part, so lazy, the blockbuster engineering so blatant, that Robin Hood often falls into self-parody.
Karina Longworth - Village Voice
The problem with Russell Crowe's new take on the legend is that it has one muddy boot in history and the other in fantasy. The middling result is far from a bull's-eye.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
It's 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 but endless.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
It's a resolutely grim and grubby lesson in 13th-century British history filtered through all the requisite trademarks of a summer blockbuster.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
The action's here, there, and everywhere... but all this to-ing and fro-ing fails to advance the narrative with the compelling force you crave in movies.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
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 smoke. I can't remember a more un-fun-looking couple.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
"And so the legend begins," the new movie tells us at the end. But it's too late.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
Robin Hood is a high-tech and well made violent action picture using the name of Robin Hood for no better reason than that it's an established brand not protected by copyright.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
I liked it. It's on a par with Scott's American Gangster: No revelations, but a satisfying, large-scale genre movie, toned up by its cast.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
As in so many summer behemoths, the real stars are the projectiles-in this case, arrows with their own point-of-view shots, zipping through the air and finding their targets with pinpoint accuracy.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Robin Hood boasts graphic battle scenes and ingenious intrigue, a sense of history that may not be accurate but feels authentic, and a love story that smartly plays with gender and Hollywood stereotypes.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Scott's films are usually high on technical polish but iffy in terms of emotional engagement. This one scores on all counts.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
If it's sword-on-sword with arrows-in-the-air action you want, Robin Hood delivers in a big way.
Tom Long - Detroit News
It's 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 long, hard slog can't be all bad.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
This physically imposing picture brings abundant political-historical dimensions to its epic canvas, yet often seems devoted to stifling whatever pleasure audiences may have derived from the popular legend.
Justin Chang - Variety
Robin Hood is head and shoulders above the sort of lightheaded epics Hollywood typically offers during the summer season.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
A dark and brawny version of the Robin Hood legend that anchors itself in English history and loses some of the merriment in the process.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
The swash buckles under the weight of heavy verbiage in Robin Hood, Ridley Scott's well-intended but weakly executed retelling of the ancient woodland hero legend.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
The film is pretty, and there are a few solid moments every hour. But considered as a work of cinema, with paid professionals involved, it's an extremely lackluster story.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
Its $200-million budget is on the screen. This is a big-scale ambitious period epic in the 60s grand tradition. It seeks to retell a well-worn tale, to put old wine in a shiny new bottle.
Anne Thompson - indieWIRE
The villains here chart new territory in one-dimensionality, the essential storyline is bereft of surprise and the picture ends where most Robin Hood tales -- sensibly, as it turns out -- begin.
Todd McCarthy - indieWIRE
Damned if those dual spoilsports, the gladiatorial director Ridley Scott reteamed with his portly star Russell Crowe, haven't drained every drop of merriment right out of the myth.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Despite its abundant flaws and historical howlers and generally dimwitted tone, Robin Hood is a surprisingly enjoyable work of popcorn cinema, if you're willing to take it on its own terms.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Pretty much ill-conceived from the ground up but saved by a couple of strong performances and a wealth of well-researched period detail. Not the most elegant defense, but like the movie, it'll do.
Dana Stevens - Slate
If this truly is Ridley Scott's preferred cut, he has proven unable to justify the existence of yet another Robin Hood film.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Scott has an eye -- and it's a very good one -- for sieges of castles, charging horsemen, hand-to-hand combat, glistening swords arcing through the air and deadly arrows whistling toward helpless targets.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
The world probably didn't need another version of this famous tale, even though it arrives with outstanding production values and an impeccable pedigree.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
What this Robin Hood lacks in fun it makes up for in epic sweep.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Yes, it's dour, but it's also gritty and not nearly as silly as most "Robin Hood" adaptations.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Simultaneously simplistic and over-plotted, revisionist and predictable...
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Dark and depressing, this adventure lacks all of the excitement and joy of many of Robin Hood's previous adventures.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
Despite [its] problems, it is still worth seeing mainly because of its fascinating take on the characters.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
I thought [Robin Hood] was going to be the best film of the year ... [it] never gels.
Adam Ross - The Aristocrat
There are fleeting moments when Scott's camera captures some of the mystery and magic of the greenwood, catches sunlight and shadows and glancing figures flitting through the trees - and you glimpse the enduring potency of the Robin Hood myth.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
A solid change of pace for those seeking something a bit more substantial amid the sound-and-fury norm.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Ridley Scott brings his usual keen cinematic eye and pain-staking attention to period detail to Robin Hood, bringing an uninspired script to life without a grander purpose than to just exist as a typical Summer movie.
John Gholson - Cinematical
I don't know if anyone can better direct the kind of swords-and-horses action on display here.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
If you don't want a chillier, wetter Gladiator then why are you even thinking of buying a ticket?
Dave White - Movies.com
There's so much stuff crammed in here that the filmmakers forget to tell a truly engaging story.
Mike Edwards - Obsessed With Film
Mike Edwards - What Culture