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Arthur's destiny is to become King even though he is reluctant to do so. Under the guidance of Merlin, a former enemy, and the beautiful, courageous Guinevere by his side, Arthur will have to find the strength within himself to change the course of history.
PROFANITY: A few mild profanities. SEX/NUDITY: A brief sex scene and an attempted rape. VIOLENCE: Long, brutal battle scenes with some blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: A number of battle and fight scenes. COMEDY: Some wisecracks, somewhat off-color.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Below Average Although intended to be serious, this tale of old Britain never convinces us of its straightforward intentions. Every chuckle and snicker heard in the theater comes at the expense of a stentorian line of dialogue or a deeply emotional moment. The term "unintentional comedy" was coined for a movie such as this. Yet King Arthur is too long and too full of itself to offer more than a few fleeting moments of entertainment. It doesn't take long for tediousness to triumph.
Roger EbertFull Review Good That the movie works is because of the considerable production qualities and the charisma of the actors, who bring more interest to the characters than they deserve. There is a kind of direct, unadorned conviction to the acting of Clive Owen and the others; raised on Shakespeare, trained for swordfights, with an idea of Arthurian legend in their heads since childhood, they don't seem out of time and place like the cast of 'Troy.' They get on with it.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average Owen, Knightley and Stellan Skarsgaard (who better as a goldilocked Saxon heavy?) all do more for the movie's same old flaming weaponry than the weaponry does for them. There's a Lancelot here, too — Ioan Gruffudd, an anti-marquee moniker if ever there was one — but the traditional romantic triangle isn't much of a factor. The movie never seems to quite know what's on its mind, though individual scenes (a cool battle on the ice) have their moments.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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We collected 212 moviegoer opinions. Approximately two-thirds rated it "Very Good" or higher, which is great. Nearly all of the remaining ones rated it "Good," which is a little on the low side, but certainly not bad. Only an insignificant number rated it below "Good."
Neither age or gender seemed to make much difference. It's a movie that appeals to everyone interested in this type of movie. I certainly recommend you see "King Arthur" and if at all possible, SEE IT ON THE BIG SCREEN.
A reluctant leader, Arthur (Clive Owen) wishes only to leave Britain and return to the peace and stability of Rome. Before he can, one final mission leads him and his Knights of the Round Table - Lancelot, Galahad, Bors, Tristan, and Gawain - to the conclusion that when Rome is gone, Britain will need a leader to fill the vacuum - someone not only to defend against the current threat of invading Saxons, but to lead the isle into a new age. Under the guidance of Merlin, a former enemy, and the beautiful, courageous Guinevere (Keira Knightley) by his side, Arthur will have to find the strength within himself to change the course of history.