Kingdom of Heaven2005

Critics score:
39 / 100

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Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press:An exceedingly well-made, reasonably involving and impressively intelligent movie about political and religious turmoil in 1186.Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald:If the picture isn't as engaging as it should have been, Scott's images still make it entrancing.Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune:Even when the drama falters, the movie shimmers with palatial splendor, explodes with adventure and reeks with bloodshed and horror.Read more

Tom Keogh, Seattle Times:Mostly uninvolving; a movie you admire for its craft rather than enjoying for its passion.Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle:To say that Scott did a beautiful job directing Kingdom of Heaven would be true, but it wouldn't convey the nature of the achievement.Read more

David Edelstein, Slate:An epic about Christian crusaders who happen to be liberal humanists willing to die for the sake of religious tolerance. That's just ... weird.Read more

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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution:Jerusalem, Saladin tells Balian, is 'everything' and 'nothing.' Scott's well-crafted, intelligent epic inhabits some middle ground between the two -- better than nothing, but not everything it should be.Read more

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Bill Muller, Arizona Republic: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.Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe:A mostly lumbering, occasionally rousing epic that walks a bizarre line between historical fact and Hollywood wishful thinking.Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times:That rare big-star blockbuster (Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson and Jeremy Irons top the cast) that still manages to have something relevant to say.Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle:A $130 million epic with much to marvel at and great battle scenes, but it dazzles the senses while barely touching the heart.Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: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.Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly:[A] handsome but curiously remote Crusades epic.Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News:Scott continues to be a master of chaotic mayhem.Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly:A tract against religious intolerance, rife with philosophizing about the consequences of acts committed in God's name that sounds decidedly more modern than medieval.Read more

Jan Stuart, Newsday:Director Ridley Scott is so adept at moving crowds and engendering awe that one can easily overlook his skill with actors.Read more

David Ansen, Newsweek:Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger:As Balian, a blacksmith turned Crusader, Orlando Bloom should embody a character who passes through some sort of transforming crucible. Yet he learns nothing.Read more

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: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.Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: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.Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer:The religious sentiment accumulates into a tower of politically correct Jell-O.Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel:Scott's battles are ferocious things of grim beauty -- bloody, personal and deafening crashes of armored men and horses colliding at full gallop.Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews:You may not leave the theater feeling better educated about history or enlightened about the Crusades, but you will leave satisfied that the filmmakers have delivered 145 minutes of exciting, visceral cinema.Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:A spectacular battle for Jerusalem, as only Ridley Scott could direct.Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com:Since we barely know what's at stake -- we're too confused and bored to care -- all this fighting means nothing to us, and yet Scott still hopes to rev us up with it.Read more

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune:The climax features a dandy battle, but getting to it requires sitting through nearly two hours of posturing and pontificating.Read more

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Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail:No one should be offended except, of course, those who like movies that excite the mind as well as the pulse.Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star:Considerably more ambitious and significantly less satisfying than Gladiator.Read more

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Mike Clark, USA Today:Even a persuasive supporting cast gets Heaven only so far.Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety:Genuinely spectacular and historically quite respectable.Read more

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice: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.Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: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.Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post:Is Orlando Bloom enough of a star to sustain a $100 million costume drama? The answer turns out to be yes.Read more