When the jokes sputter and the kingdom of Your Highness is littered with the joint carnage of broad gags, bloody violence, and dorky wizard magic, where, oh where, can a loyal subject look for fun?
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
By and large, "Your Highness" is a Cheech and Chong movie in period drag, so it's no wonder it goes up in smoke.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
This movie is so sophomoric, it makes Pineapple Express, and even Harold and Kumar, look like sophisticated wit.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
While the chemistry between characters is impressive and the comic delivery spot-on, the jokes feel unoriginal.
Stephanie Merry - Washington Post
A radioactive turd disguised as a sword-and-sorcery comedy.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The movie's improvisatory recklessness often relies on stock, fallback comedy: scenes lazily punchlined on four-letter words, pot slang, and gay jokes only offensive in their unoriginality.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
Franco truly saves the day. His hilarious deadpan in the midst of utter insanity turns a bawdy goof into a most welcome lark indeed.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
The chief problem with Your Highness is its lack of imagination -- its misuse and overuse of language and visual riffs that are only marginally amusing at best.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
The rest of the action elicited only stray chortles, a raised eyebrow, or rolled eyes.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
The screenplay by Danny McBride is so hopeless, he didn't even write himself a good role, and he plays the lead.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Unwatchable -- and, thanks to its high-decibel action sequences, barely listenable -- this misbegotten medieval fantasy/stoner comedy marks a new low for David Gordon Green, once ranked among the most promising young filmmakers in America.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
An inventory of the preoccupations of 13-year-old boys.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
It is a pox on comedy.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
This film looks like it was a lot more fun to make than it is to watch.
Tom Long - Detroit News
With this cast, as well as director David Gordon Green on board, you expect a lot more than the occasional chuckle.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
That skunky smell emanating from "Your Highness" ain't pot; it's the stink of miscalculation that surrounds an inside joke gone awry.
Peter Debruge - Variety
When somebody says, "The quest sucks," I was inclined to agree.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
In theory, I suppose it would be funny-and incongruous-if in the middle of a serious costume drama a noble action hero uttered a four-letter word. Hearing Danny McBride do just that, repeatedly, in Your Highness not only isn't funny but grows wearisome...
Leonard Maltin - indieWIRE
The weirdest aspect of "Your Highness" is seeing so many talented people in material that's beneath them.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
Basically, the script, from the title on down, feels like something sketched out on rolling papers.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
For a few hours after having seen "Your Highness," I considered the possibility that it was the worst movie ever made.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Considering the talent involved on both sides of the camera, audiences may be expecting more - a lot more.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Falls instead into a deep chasm of such comic lowness after less than five minutes that it's unable to extricate itself. Things get so bad you half expect a cameo by Nicolas Cage.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Co-writer McBride and his collaborators apparently set out on a quest to ram as much coarse language and as many adolescent sexual gags into a movie as possible, maybe to cover the fact that the movie doesn't contain much else.
David Germain - Associated Press
I feel a kind of head-swiveling awe in Your Highness's concentration of aimless inanity, in the purity of its devotion to its own louche principles.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
The comic mojo of Danny McBride can be a thing of fucked-up beauty. So I was stoked that McBride signed on as star and co-writer of Your Highness. But the air goes out of that balloon pretty damn quick.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Lots of balls. Also lots of penis jokes. But too loud and obvious.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
[Green] has an easy touch when it comes to comedy, which means you can almost sense those moments when the actors give themselves over to the silliness.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
The best way to characterize the film is to call it juvenile, although one has to wonder what juvenile could dream up something this vile and deranged.
Martin Tsai - Critic's Notebook
The only saving grace of this film is the cast, which includes some fantastic actors, slumming it for a paycheck.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
This is teenage junk trash rendered lovingly. I see no problem with that. And if I ever kill a minotaur, I know what I'm taking as a trophy.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
Your Highness never sacrifices its cheerful, one-thing-after-another absurdity, or its inability to take itself even remotely seriously.
Scott Foundas - Film Comment Magazine
Your Highness hits more than it misses but the effort is substantially lacking, which particularly unexpected considering the gifted people involved.
Benjo Colautti - We Got This Covered
Quite a comedown and a buzz kill, after "Pineapple Express."
Director David Gordon Green and writers Danny McBride and Ben Best have put together a completely unfunny film filled to the brim with non-stop sexual references and other bits of lowbrow humor.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
It's time for Green to make one of the moody, downbeat, haunting indie dramas with which he initially made a name for himself.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Leonard Maltin - ReelzChannel.com
If Green wanted to make an awesome fantasy film, he should have, and if he wanted to make a great stoner comedy, well, he already did once.
John Gholson - Cinematical
A surprisingly boring throwback to '80s fantasy, with a disgusting amount of potty humor, violence and foul language tossed in to generate the shallowest of laughs.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
There are glimmers of inspired comedy, but rather than explore the genre's stereotypes, the movie constantly falls back on smut.
Alec Worley - SFX Magazine
A spirited and (mostly) funny genre spoof from the same team responsible for Pineapple Express.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
Who could have possibly thought any of this is funny?
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Green's film is what happens when a talented director and cast indulge almost every one of their silly, sophomoric impulses; though not perfectly streamlined, the results are frequently hilarious all the same.
Michael Nordine - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Just don't expect too much from it and remember to switch off your brain.
Matt Neal - The Standard
McBride, who also created the indelible character of Kenny Powers on HBO's "Eastbound and Down," has most of the good lines and he makes the most of them
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
- National Post
In case you miss the joke, McBride helpfully arcs an eyebrow and cocks his head to signal the punchline. And with all the subtlety of Thor, he hammers most of his crude one-liners in the direction of Portman as the vengeful warrior chick Isabel.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
...boasts a pervasively absurd atmosphere that's heightened on an all-too-frequent basis by the almost uniformly over-the-top performances.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
I love McBride and Franco and will watch them in anything -- it's a bonus that there are corsets and scary labyrinths.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
I found myself laughing a lot at this rotten movie.
Dave White - Movies.com
Less of a stoner comedy than the title and marketing suggested, but still impressively committed to being as offensive as possible, I found myself appreciating the depths this was willing to plumb.
Dominic Corry - Flicks.co.nz
Obviously the makers of Your Highness are competing with Zack Snyder in the race to see who can waste money fastest and in the most outrageous manner possible.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
It's like going at the dragon with your scimitar but then rolling a 6 and accidentally cutting off your own leg.
Clem Bastow - The Vine
The movie coughs, splutters and nods off on the job repeatedly -- as if everyone hit the weed so hard they forgot there were cameras rolling.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
With the comedy proving uneven, this surprisingly works better as an epic adventure ride than a vulgar farce.
Joshua Blackman - FILMINK (Australia)
For once, the trailer for a new comedy didn't spoil the best bits. Unfortunately, that's because there aren't any.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
An irreverent romp with knights, swords and daggers fighting with valour for honour, revenge and a damsel in distress - and a horse carriage load of expletives
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
A royal flop
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
It's impossible to smoke enough weed to make this movie seem funny.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
A textbook example of ye olde two-joke movie -- and beneath those two jokes, there's precious little else to fall back on.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
It's Animal House Does The Holy Grail; the wit and antics of The Princess Bride are replaced with porn-imagery and swear words. Beyond such lazy writing, the movie can't really be bothered to spoof any elements of the fantasy genre.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
If you go along with the silliness in the film and you'll have fun, but Your Highness is still very hit and miss.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
This expensive, laugh-free sword-and-sorcery folly doesn't even deliver on the medieval stoner movie promise of its punning title...
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
More penis-in-codpiece than tongue-in-cheek.
Sitting through this crude fantasy comedy may be challenging for certain viewers, but it helps to remember that funny is in the eye of the beholder.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
God almighty, this is one awful movie.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
How the filmmakers managed to line up an A-list cast is baffling, because they've been handed the Lamest. Gags. Ever.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Dudes, we get it.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
[A] largely witless medieval farrago...
Derek Malcolm - This is London
I went in hoping for a more inventive Princess Bride, or a less uneven Monty Python And The Holy Grail. I came out wondering what drugs the cast had been ingesting.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Your Highness has been compared to such cinematic disasters as Meet The Spartans. It's far better than that but, the sad thing is, it could also have been so much more.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Suffers from a chronically lazy script, irritating characters and dirth of funny ideas.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Danny McBride leads the cast in an immature broad comedy calculated to outrage those nose-wrinklers of a peevish and fastidious disposition.
It's bad. It makes Mel Brooks's Robin Hood: Men in Tights look like a masterpiece.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
It's bawdy, profane and rampantly lecherous. It's also very funny ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Pot comedies may not be rocket science but a few more script revisions would have probably gone a long way here.
Simon Abrams - Slant Magazine
A medieval comedy that will only appeal to those with a taste for silly accents, anachronistic cursing and jokes about masturbation.
Leo Robson - Financial Times
There are too many missed opportunites and too many instances of glaring, easily-fixable problems left to creak and dangle in our faces.
Adam Lee Davies - Little White Lies
What more could you want? Answer: a script!
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
Your Highness is a tale of derring-do in the tradition of Sinbad the Sailor, complete with thrilling escapades, high jinks and some pretty exciting action sequences.
Mhairi Brennan - The Skinny
This is a surefire winner for audiences who are either stoned, aged 15, or both.
Matt Risley - Sky Movies
Less sword and sorcery than f-word and saucery, this is a frequently funny foul-mouthed fantasy adventure with a gleefully puerile script and strong comic performances from McBride and Franco.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
With McBride and Franco trying on knowingly bad Brit accents and the entire cast clearly having a whale of a time, the impression is of the world's daftest, priciest, least self-serious end-of-the-pier panto.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
There are funny lewd, crude comedies, and there are lame lewd, crude comedies. Regrettably, this is the second type.
Catherine Bray - Film4
I got the idea, because of the title, that 'Your Highness' would be a stoner comedy. It is in a couple of spots. More than that, though, it's a just-serviceable, grownups-only nod to other medieval fantasy movies.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
And the crowd roars - why, Natalie, why?
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
What if you wrote a comedy and nobody laughed?
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
People nowadays often do and say things that people in Medieval England did not do and say. Imagine if they had done and said them back then. And repeat.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
Your Highness is quite literally a hilarious, sex-obsessed adult fairy tale with a big heart...
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
Neither a wacky spoof nor an ironic comedy, this is just pointlessly goofy.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
We are not amused.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Even as an amiably stupid laid-back comedy, Your Highness is unforgivably pointless.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Sword and sorcery movies often resemble parodies of themselves even when they are intended to be taken seriously. And then there are genre spoofs like Your Highness that are meant to be funny and leave you stone-faced.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Like a joint rolled with graph paper
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
A decent, affectionate, fitfully funny take on the fantasy genre, but this could have been so much more. For fans of this sort of comedy only.
Sam Toy - Empire Magazine
Far from the frat-boys-on-a-mission jaunt it should have been, Your Highness proves that a bad fantasy film with swearing and dick jokes is still a bad fantasy film.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
There is no point to this unforgivable excuse for a comedy, except, obviously, for Danny McBride to make his buddies -- director [David Gordon] Green, costar James Franco -- chortle over pot jokes and at least pretend to get himself laid.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Fractured fairytale? Half-baked is more accurate.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
It's supposed to be a send-up of 70s fantasy films, but all it really does is recycle a bunch of crude jokes so obvious and unfunny even Cheech and Chong would have thrown them out.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Like someone bringing pot brownies to a Dungeons and Dragons game...
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
As far as stoner comedies go, Your Highness might as well be smoking schwag with the Hooters bus boy you just bought it from.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
Monsters, sword-fights, boobs AND laughter? Giveth this a ruddy Bafta.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Fails to please as a comedy, but was fine as a low-budget adventure movie.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
So monotonously repetitive that you'll forget penises were ever supposed to be funny in the first place.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Though clearly very expensive to make, it has the feel of something conceived and shot over the course of a weekend.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Let's see --- a film with crude bathroom humor, drug use, sexual innuendo and pervasive language -- and Adam Sandler is nowhere to be found?
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
The result is a seemingly endless comedic black hole that feels like a cross between one of Mel Brooks' lesser vehicles and what one might get from a bunch of frat boys with a video camera, after-hours access to the local Medieval Times
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
[T]here are echoes - on a juvenile level to be sure - of Monty Python And The Holy Grail and The Princess Bride.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
What should have been chaotic, childish, raunchy FUN is instead a shining, shrieking example of Hollywood wastefulness at its most obvious.
"Your Highness" is ... built on a flimsy house of profane cards that begins crumbling with the opening narration and never recovers.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
It fails so completely at its reach for lowness that you may find yourself crying out for Mel Brooks, Monty Python, hell even Cheech OR Chong to swoop in and save the thing. No such luck.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
A big fall-off from the inspired zaniness of Green's "Pineapple Express," "Your Highness" lowers the lowbrow bar.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
After most David Gordon Green movies I couldn't wait to see them again. Unless I'm being tortured, I'll never see Your Highness again.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
This is a film that wallows in a level of scatology so severe that the Farrelly Brothers might as well give up on the subgenre for good.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
None of this is very funny, and most of it is pretty ugly - the last half-hour or so is a paroxysm of bad special effects, amputated limbs and a severed sexual organ.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
...this weird, wacky, weedy medieval adventure ends up mostly putting the "R" back in romp.
Elias Savada - Film Threat
In theory, I suppose it would be funny-and incongruous-if in the middle of a serious costume drama a noble action hero uttered a four-letter word. Hearing Danny McBride do just...
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Ultimately, the magic-and-monsters milieu isn't enough when the jokes are half-baked. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Your Highness never met a problem it couldn't blast with an F-Bomb, and pushes the one-note gag of mixing pauncy medieval language with locker-room dirty talk about as far as humanly possible. Enjoyment hinges on your weakness for juvenilia.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
...a sputtering and vastly pleased-with-itself piece of work that resembles something sketched out on the back of a napkin.
Chris Barsanti - PopMatters
Funny, Mel Brooks-style spoof of eighties sword and sorcery tales. Probably owes more to KRULL & BEASTMASTER than LOTR.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Your Highness is what you expect it to be, except it's not nearly as funny as you'd want it to be.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
The highlights of Your Highness don't get much higher than low.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Your Highness is painfully bad!
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
The crude language and jokes are patently offensive, but the performances by McBride, Deschanel, and Theroux almost make this worth sitting through.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Ridiculous fantasy comedy is more crass, violent than funny.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
A film to be appreciated only by those who think using modern swear words in a medieval setting is automatically funny.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
How big the laughs are depends solely on your tastes, but there's little argument about whether they're dumb. But so were the 80s movies being referenced. That didn't make them any less guiltily enjoyable, and neither does it hurt Your Highness.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
An oddly charming stoner comedy set in medieval times.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
"Your Highness" is plagued by a shortage of laughs.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
For some bizarre reason, I actually found "Your Highness" to be reasonably funny and entertaining. Perhaps it was the sight of sweet, lovely Natalie Portman spewing such unadulterated filth that cracked me up.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
A cunning weave of low and high, regal and smutty, splendiferous and splattery.
...a film seemingly designed to appeal only to those who revel in penis, midget and homophobic jokes
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
So unfunny, it feels like a prank...And to think, director David Gordon Green was once a major force for independent cinema. Now he's overseeing the fine details of a rubber Minotaur penis. Hooray for Hollywood.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
There's nothing inherently wrong with prizing entertainment over art, but what happens when the big, dumb popcorn fare isn't even fun?
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
Stoners may freak out, sober viewers should grow restless, and no one will laugh much.
Matt Pais - RedEye
If for you a combination of a medieval setting, plenty of sex jokes, dirty language & topless women makes for a funny movie, then Your Highness is for you (that's not necessarily a criticism).
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
After the first 15 laughless minutes, I heard my hopes tinkle to the ground like the lifeless shells of so many fairies struck dead from lack of applause.
Brian Juergens - CampBlood.org
A sword-and-sorcery spoof from the Pineapple Express crew that, like that ode to inhaling, isn't nearly as funny as it seems to think it is.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
[Green] does a superb job of making the most of a script that needed some serious punching up.
Bob Westal - Bullz-Eye.com
There's a delightful sense of bawdiness in Chaucer and other medieval literature, but vulgarity seems the main intent of Your Highness, and the movie chokes on its own dreary discourtesies.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
Mostly, characters simply reference penises, breasts or pot and wait for laughs. There's rarely a punch line, just an acknowledgement that penises, breasts and pot exist.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
reveals at some point a stunt-crotch who will no doubt bash Portman in a few months' time and take the lustre entirely off this complete failure...
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
It sounds idiotic, and it is, but in a good way, if you get my drift.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
The film will probably play a lot better in dorm rooms with plenty of beer kegs and bongs on hand, but in the confines of a movie theater, it's deadly - the sort of bad comedy Mel Brooks made late in his career, until he finally smartened up and quit.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Most of the time, star Danny McBride and Ben Best's script strains to expand the reach of its repetitious jokes.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Low on laughs and a very sloppy piece of work.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Your Highness is a well-made but lowbrow period comedy with limited appeal.
Karen Krizanovich - Radio Times
The harder you are for fantasy, the limper you are for 'Your Highness.'
John Esther - UR Chicago Magazine
"Your Highness," a largely improvised oddity, is as tired and clunky a movie spoof as you'll likely see this or any other year.
Mack Bates - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Erect creature penises or not, this is a limp misfire.
gratuitous, inventive, and thoroughly outlandish
Chris Cabin - Filmcritic.com
A hilarious adventure that's as dirty as the dung our heroes trudge on.
Peter Paras - E! Online
A whole ensemble of talented actors (Franco, Portman, Theroux, Deschanel) are wasted in this mismash of a movie, a trashy medieval comedy-adventure based on a single idea and few pranks.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Wretched medieval spoof...a tired cascade of smugly unfunny riffs and gross-out adolescent raunchiness.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A medieval genre goof of impressive physical scale and disproportionately modest comic ambitions, as an entertainment animal, Your Highness is disappointing where it counts.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
The whole thing plays like one of those supposedly hilarious ideas hatched on a late night - though generally, in the light of day, such ideas are quickly abandoned.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Just different enough to guarantee a sizeable chunk of the audience will walk away utterly baffled by what they've seen, and that's too rare to dismiss.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
David Gordon Green's hard-R comedy is an ambler's delight, never content to race so much as to linger on its crude yet benign misadventures.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
By trashing fairytale propriety, Green and McBride personalize the genre enthusiasm of the Star Wars generation.
Armond White - New York Press
Your Highness isn't a serious fantasy epic, but it isn't much of a comedy, either.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Silly, depraved, creepily homoerotic -- and often hilarious.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
The target audience for Your Highness is at least four years too young to legally watch it.
Matt Singer - IFC.com
A really big budget movie full of action and special effects, all to make really immature jokes. I totally support that and I enjoy the exercise. It could be funnier but it's consistently pleasant.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
Its willingness to try anything, do anything, and say anything is a breath of fresh air.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Plays like second-rate Judd Apatow, and that's not exactly a high barrier to overcome.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
It's the sort of film that is willing to try anything along the way, and it demonstrates both an affection for the genre as well as a deconstructionist's eye for how to tear it down from the inside.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
The script's relentlessly puerile humour eventually begins to feel monotonous.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
Not every joke in the script by Danny McBride and Ben Best revolves around the word "f**k" - just every other joke.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Even James Franco and Natalie Portman can't save this sporadically funny, unevenly written one-joke comedy. It drops actors into Medieval times, using modern language. Ha.
Caryn James - James on screenS
Infinitely superior to a Meet The Spartans-style spoof, chiefly thanks to a first-rate cast, Highness ticks all the bawdy boxes. But if you seek sophistication, raise the drawbridge.
James Mottram - Total Film