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  • Summary: Beowulf & Grendel is a medieval adventure, part legendary fable, part horror-story. Based on the seminal 9th century Anglo-Saxon poem, Beowulf, it tells the blood-soaked tale of a Norse warrior's battle against a great and murderous troll, Grendel, who has laid seige to the kingdom of Hrothgar, the much respected king of the Danes. (Equinoxe Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Credit Icelandic director Sturla Gunnarsson for having an ambitious vision: He took a look at the eighth-century epic poem "Beowulf" and decided he could cut it down to size. And he has, for better and worse.
  2. The film's near-fatal flaw is its dialogue, which had to be invented wholesale from the Old English text. It alternates between sounding stagy and anachronistically hip -- with more overuse of the F-word than any two Samuel L. Jackson movies. It's a big mistake.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Gallo
    It's good, bloody fun that stirs the intellect whenever it feels like it, and as a swashbuckler, the dead-game Butler outswings just about anyone in Troy or Kingdom of Heaven or Tristan & Isolde.
  4. 50
    Filmed in Iceland, Beowulf & Grendel is beautiful, grungy and a little too tasteful for its own good. You can practically feel the filmmakers yearning to have Beowulf and Grendel go all Rambo on each other.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    While cinema may be a visual medium foremost it's also an aural one, and the cacaphony of dialects sounds not so much "universal" or interestingly multicultural as simply all over the map.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The film is very near a comedy, and I'm not sure that's on purpose.
  7. Imagine the worst "Deadwood" episode ever, and you'll get an idea of the general tone of Beowulf & Grendel, which is full of anachronistic cursing, tortured syntax, dark humor and lots of hairy, homely, filthy-looking people.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. MarkC.
    Mar 19, 2007
    The movie gave more to the story than the legend. It showed the human part of grendel and his tragic story and how beowulf is struggling with his problems. But the sex scenes were wierd. Expand
  2. Jan 4, 2013
    In my opinion this is a good movie! Don't have special effects but tell the legend in a good way. I Like this movie. Try it Expand
  3. E.T.Brown
    Feb 19, 2007
    It is supposed to be an action-filled epic. Unfortunately, the movie was not that able to successfully capture it. It was a half-baked movie. On the other hand, the setting of the movie was great. The choice of actors were seemingly appropriate. It's just sad that I found the movie too long to watch. To put it bluntly, it was dragging me to sleep. Expand
  4. Aug 13, 2010
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Pros
    Cinematography, dramatic landscapes (filmed in Iceland)
    Crazy, timeless story
    Swords, armour, Vikings a plenty (a la 13th Warrior, LOTR)

    Difficult to understand some of the accents and dialogue (Scottish, Irish, Scandinavian tongues all in the mix). Some of the tongue in cheek humour didn't seem quite appropriate.
    Ended with the thud
    Few action sequences (one expected more)
  5. TonyR.
    Jul 14, 2006
    Slow moving, poor use of plot tools, poorly cast (with the exception of Grendel). The film's only saving grace is occasionally interesting cinematography. If you're looking for a slice of Viking life, you're better off withThe 13th Warrioir. Expand