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  • Summary: Set in medieval times, this is the oddball, sometimes awe-inspiring story of a rookie (Ledger) discovering if he is the stuff of which legends are made. (Columbia Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. 80
    Actually lighter, wittier, and more original than it has a right to be.
  2. 75
    Though the picture is definitely flawed, it maintains a joie de vivre that's surprisingly refreshing.
  3. 75
    It's a reminder of the days before films got so cynical and unrelentingly violent. A Knight's Tale is whimsical, silly and romantic.
  4. 60
    The picture itself is good-humored, but bland and predictable. It's a cross between an All-American vaudevillian version of "Shakespeare in Love" and Mel Brooks's "Robin Hood: Men in Tights."
  5. 50
    From the moment he trudges through the woods in his scratched and smudged birthday suit, Paul Bettany as a saucy Geoffrey Chaucer takes command.
  6. 40
    Works neither as an exuberant rock 'n' roll picture nor as a heroic fable. It will rock you --straight to sleep.
  7. 20
    The skits are dreadful, the jokes suck.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 34
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 34
  3. Negative: 5 out of 34
  1. Mar 22, 2013
    10
    Wonderful entertaiment, a clever, innovative genre-bending movie this is. Taking the viewers back in history when entertaimentst wasWonderful entertaiment, a clever, innovative genre-bending movie this is. Taking the viewers back in history when entertaimentst was executions, drinking and card/dice gaming as well as watching jousting tournaments and when the hot dance tunes were traveling minstrels and the big stars were Knights. So, many scenes start out with the Medieval crowd and music but then segue into the crowd chanting or dancing to modern music connecting the scenes to nowadays standard. The movie was meant to show young people today what the equivalent spectacle was to our own current times. This movie is light, funny, inspiring, educative, positive and probably not todays flavor anymore giving an impression of poetry and medieval gentilhommerie, of honor and respect. The story of a poor stable boy who dares to rise above his station maybe an old one but Heath Ledger is wonderful. And Paul Bettany as Geoffrey Chaucer steals the show. The dialogues are witty and sly, literate, moving and emotional. And the comradery of the gang of jousters is a joy to experience. I strongly advise you to watch this movie...and take your kids with you they can learn something! Expand
  2. DaleH.
    Feb 13, 2007
    9
    I thought it was a very funny, different way of telling a story of medieval times with some modern attributes, the Nike signs was the best I thought it was a very funny, different way of telling a story of medieval times with some modern attributes, the Nike signs was the best (product placement). Expand
  3. Jan 21, 2012
    8
    cool, comedic film I think this is by favourite Ledger movie with the exception of Dark Knight also I became of Bettany
  4. Sep 1, 2010
    7
    This is such a clever, genre-bending movie. What's odd to me is that many folks didn't "get" the intention of the filmmakers. They take usThis is such a clever, genre-bending movie. What's odd to me is that many folks didn't "get" the intention of the filmmakers. They take us back to the days when the BIG weekend sport was jousting and when the hot dance tunes were traveling minstrels and the big sports stars were Knights. So, many scenes start out with the Medieval crowd and music but then segue into the crowd chanting or dancing to modern music. My take on this: it was meant to show young people what the equivalent spectacle was to our own current times. Actually, when you watch the movie with that key to understanding the soundtrack -- it is just great fun and inspirational.

    The story of a poor stable boy who dares to rise above his station maybe an old one -- but Heath Ledger is wonderful. And Paul Bettany as Geoffrey Chaucer steals the show. The dialogue is witty and sly and literate. And the comradery of the gang of jousters is a joy to experience. This is one of my favorite "feel good" films.
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  5. Nov 18, 2012
    7
    A bouncy mix of farce and fury, A Knight's Tale delivers classic entertainment on multiple levels.
  6. Jun 27, 2012
    6
    Let me rephrase - A Tale, a Knight's one.

    Yes, as the title says it's a tale, a fictional story told by someone independently from its time
    Let me rephrase - A Tale, a Knight's one.

    Yes, as the title says it's a tale, a fictional story told by someone independently from its time and historicity. This tale was told by the bard Brian Helgeland and it's a refreshing, slushy, musical, theatrical, and epic one like Robin Hoood's, also, it has excellent actors a very fluid narrative, magic, utopia and astonishing costumes and scenarios.

    It reminds me Moulin Rouge and its recycling past and present style.

    I think it's a case of a wrongly rated movie just because of pretentious historical arguments - perhaps those judging didn't understand that this movie is in fact, a tale! Told by someone's imagination living in modern times triggering merged chronological images from past listened tales or a description of our contemporary archetype of a medieval tale merging past and present. Either philosophizing or not this film is clearly and obviously an admitted chronological fusion. It's the trace of this movie.

    In my opinion I think there were only a few bad choices which sounded exaggerated to the audience, perhaps the reasons for the low rating and perhaps the director's will to peremptorily justify that indeed this movie is concerning fictional imagination and not historical acuity, overexposing the spectator with the first minutes of it: "We will Rock You" the initial musical score interacting with the medieval contest is exaggeratedly slushy and without convincing extras. It sounds pompous. I was about to quit this one after those first few minutes.

    But one should move on (in some cases indeed one shouldn't) and rate a movie not by its pieces but by its whole, continuing to check if the initial impressions were right. In my case they weren't. I was surprised. For the rest I'll take my hat to a very entertaining, humorous and fresh piece of work with very talented acting. It reminded me my imaginary stories dressed with fancy modern clothes wondered from tasty tales read in old books.
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  7. Dec 11, 2012
    0
    Honestly I wasn't expecting a comic movie, it was like a classic low budget movie, very bad acting, there was not a single scene that makeHonestly I wasn't expecting a comic movie, it was like a classic low budget movie, very bad acting, there was not a single scene that make laugh, poor direction, and there's nothing interesting in the story nor fresh about it. You cans skip this one without regret. Collapse

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