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Excalibur

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Medieval times are brought to vivid life in this stylish retelling of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and the rise and fall of Camelot. Starring Liam Neeson and Patrick Stewart.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    82%
  • Audience Score
    81%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Language
0 out of 5
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

Epic King Arthur saga with illicit affairs and brutality.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is no bedtime-fairy tale. Sex, gore, and death are fairly explicit in this version of the Arthur story, with bare breasts and buttocks especially in the Lancelot-Guinevere affair. Violence in combat includes impalings, sword- and axe-thrusts, throat slashings, beheadings, and a near-drowning, though the edge is taken off by the old-fashioned special effects. A matricide by strangulation. Nightmare imagery of rotting corpses dead in their armor. Christianity -- at least a Dark Ages brand of it -- is treated respectfully.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the centuries-old appeal of the story of King Arthur. How does this version compare to others?
  • How does the violence in this movie compare to more modern movies? Is it less intense because it's less sophisticated?
  • How does the period clothing and setting affect the way the sex is depicted, if at all? Does it seem less realistic than if it were depicted in a modern setting? Or more shocking? Romantic?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    82%
    reviews counted: 6
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  • Audience

    81%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: So far the most honest and most powerful on-screen depiction of the ancient and universal legend.

- Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews, Monday, March 29, 2010

Fresh:

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: ...romantic and brutal, lyrically beautiful yet grittily realistic.

- John J. Puccio, DVDTown.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Honestly I don't know the name of the actors. At least the main characters. But it doesn't matter its a GORGEOUS movie. The mithology around King Arthur brought to life in a fantastic way. Includes everything: King Arthur, Lancelot, Guenevere, the sword in the stone, Merlin, Morgana, the knights of the round table, the holy grial, Avalon and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana main theme. Even Gabriel Byrne and Liam Neeson first steps. +1000

- sergioogarcia, Thursday, July 7, 2011

4 stars

Brilliantly atmospheric retelling of the entire Arthur legend. Some wonderful performances and beautiful photography make this a rousing and entertaining version of the classic tale of old.

- FilmFanatik, Sunday, February 6, 2011

4 stars

Brilliantly atmospheric retelling of the entire Arthur legend. Some wonderful performances and beautiful photography make this a rousing and entertaining version of the classic tale of old.

- FilmFanatik, Sunday, February 6, 2011