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  • Summary: In a time of heroes, the mighty warrior Beowulf slays the monster Grendel and incurs the wrath of its monstrous yet seductive mother, in a conflict that transforms a king into a legend. (Paramount Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 88
    Zemeckis springs so many pow 3-D surprises you'll think Beowulf is your own private fun house.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    It's got power and depth, and two kings whose greatness is diluted by hubris, and a thrilling dragon fight, and the demon Grendel as a tortured outcast, and a naked monster who looks a lot like Angelina Jolie.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Not all of it works - and not all of it works the way the target audience of jacked-up young males might want it to - but the movie is hugely provocative fun, and I'm pretty sure that's on purpose.
  4. 67
    Although this version of Beowulf (the script, ricocheting between thrilling, heroic, and hilarious, is by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary) does take some liberties with certain heretofore undreamed of aspects of parentage, it's as faithful to the extant version as it needs to be.
  5. People's eyes still look as glassy and dull as a taxidermized possum's. But if you're going to Beowulf to experience the sweeping passions that only real eyes can convey, you're missing the point.
  6. As for Beowulf itself, it's all about the visuals, which means that as soon as the novelty of 3-D wears off, the experience has been had.
  7. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    The most interesting thing about Beowulf, alas, is its technology. It's the work of a man who has fallen in love with his toys, but I miss the wicked satirist who made "Used Cars." And the truth is the motion capture in Beowulf comes across as an unsatisfying compromise between animation and live action.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 132
  2. Negative: 27 out of 132
  1. Nov 18, 2011
    The animation and the story are incredible. Definitely one of the best movies ever made. I can't wait to watch it again. One of those movies that make the real world so boring for a few days after you watch it. Expand
  2. JoeyF.
    Nov 19, 2007
    You don't go to movies like Troy, 300 and Beowulf for a perfectly scripted, deep original story. You go for the glory, the epic scope and the sheer beauty of the art. You go for the battles, the over the top love stories and the universal connection. They're kind of what I imagine musicals must be for girls...kind of cheesy yes but that's beside the point. This movie delivered above and beyond in every category I went to it for. Beauty, passion, excitement, epic battles and a timeless epic story. People that complain about the plot forget that it's based on (and an an improvement on in my opinion) an ancient story that's really pretty straight forward. If you want a sweet unique touching movie go see Lars and the Real Girl. If you want an balls to the wall, sexy as hell, blood and guts thrill ride go see Beowulf. You won't be disappointed!! Expand
  3. HomarusA.
    Feb 13, 2008
    Impressive storytelling through animation.
  4. GTASoldier
    Dec 12, 2007
    After reading the poem and then watching the film, I have to say I'm pretty impressed with how the story of Beowulf is being adapted from the Old English Tale to the big screen although there are some inaccuraccies. This brings me to my pro/con list: Pro - The Characters are being well played. Gives a decent sense of action and power Con - 30% Inaccurate because: A) I don't really remember any part of the Tale having Grendel's mother seducing Beowulf. B) The battle of Beowulf vs. Grendel's mother was skipped and instead was replaced with her seducing the warrior. C) In the tale version, Grendel kills one of Beowulf's sleeping Geats. That's is when Beowulf comes in and fight the beast. In the film version, Grendel comes in and nearly kills everyone, and Beowulf comes in after that. Overall: It's really decent how they put Beowulf on screen. But the director added / deleted stuff off the story and that pretty much makes it inaccurate. All in all, Beowulf gets a 7 out of 10. Expand
  5. BrandonW.
    Nov 16, 2007
    I could say that this was a exciting film, but I couldn't do that. The film was complete flaw. It didn't match up to all the hipe and expectation, I found it to be. Though it did have its moments, that were truely grand. But it still didn't help my judgement on this film, Beowulf. Expand
  6. AdrianP.
    Feb 28, 2008
    Why motion capture this? Wouldn't it be better without the creepy dead eye computer generated actors (who look just like the real life actors anyway)? The story was all right, but you got the feeling it could've been so much better. Expand
  7. MarkD.
    Nov 17, 2007
    Awful film. Essentially there are only 3 locations in the whole film!

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