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  • Summary: The sword-wielding Conan the Barbarian out for revenge against the evil Khalar Singh, who enslaved and slaughtered the people of his village. Since birth, Conan's life has been marked by violence. And after watching his fellow tribesmen and his father brutally and cruelly killed, Conan vows to avenge his people's slaughter, even if it means sacrificing his own life in the process. (Lionsgate)


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 29
  2. Negative: 15 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    Aug 17, 2011
    70
    Squeamish types may balk, but the gory cruelty on display here is faithful to the source material and deeply thrilling.
  2. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Aug 17, 2011
    60
    The film's secret weapon proves to be Freddy Krueger–fingernailed witch Marique, whom Rose McGowan plays with the kind of fuck-it-all brio - imagine a cross between Madeline Kahn in "History of the World: Part I" and Lady Gaga - that should garner her a Razzie and an Oscar.
  3. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    Aug 18, 2011
    50
    Rife with the oldest and simplest pleasures of 3-D movies: all sorts of objects fly at the camera, and the climactic battle takes place over a deep, dark chasm. At its best the movie suggests a funhouse at a state-of-the-art county fair; at its worst it's a fairly dumb celebration of brute violence.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Aug 18, 2011
    38
    Conan the Barbarian lives by a pretty simple ethos: He lives, he loves, he slays. What he doesn't do, alas, is act.
  5. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 19, 2011
    38
    The 2011 version of Conan the Barbarian looks cheap and feels rushed. The few good elements are dwarfed by a generic, nonsensical plot and shoddy storytelling.
  6. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Aug 28, 2011
    30
    The result is a somewhat functional blood feast for the exploitation crowd, but it's hardly a bead of sweat on the original's battered backside. Oh, and the score? Basil Poledouris' bombastic brass is still No. 1.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Aug 18, 2011
    20
    There are swords and sorcery, pirates and monsters, taxed bodices and taxing mythology. In other words, there's the bare minimum necessary to summon this dismal movie into existence.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 67
  2. Negative: 24 out of 67
  1. Aug 20, 2011
    10
    I don't understand why it has such a low meta critic score, I'm was very happy with the movie. Sure it had a couple lines of dialogue that could have been better, but overall it was a fun action movie that captured the spirit of hyboria much better then the old Arnold movies. I wonder if it would have got better ratings if they ended the movie half way through a story that tends to be the trend.. I'm happy they didn't and it was a self contained tale after establishing conans childhood. I really hope they make more conan movies. I'm so sick of all the crappy super hero movies that rake in tons of money so they call them "good movies" Expand
  2. Aug 19, 2011
    9
    I've been a fan of Conan for a while, having read Robert E Howard's original stories and the comic books that have followed. I thought the movie did a good job of capturing the spirit of Conan and while the plot may be formulaic I was still entertained the whole way through. The movie touches on all the staples one would find in Robert E Howard tales and I thought that Jason Momoa played a convincing Conan, able to portray his barbaric savagery and cunning. I enjoyed watching this movie very much and would love to see Jason Momoa return to the screen as Conan. Expand
  3. Sep 4, 2011
    8
    i think the movies has a very good story and action and every friend of mine like the movie so its a greet movie and it deserves watching but i wish i watch it in 3D Expand
  4. Dec 20, 2012
    5
    If you go into this film with the old Conan movie in mind, you will be disappointed. This is not as dark and gritty as the original. In stead this is a lusty and muscle filled average romp of sword play. Its not terrible, has its own charm. For some reason my wife mistook it for a comedy and laughed heartily at many of the more campy elements. This was fun, but just an average adventure flick, don't expect much and you won't be let down. Also, there are a number a nice topless scenes, so that's a bonus. Expand
  5. Sep 12, 2011
    4
    Skip-it - This Conan is just as bloody and violent as the original, but it is also just a cheesy, and without Arnold Schwarzenegger it's more like Limburger. Expand
  6. Nov 29, 2011
    3
    Just like any remake, you can't help but compare each one with its predecessor. So is the case here. While good old Arnold S. has never had superb acting chops, he still has a commanding presence both physically and performance wise. Neither is the case for Momoa, who just happens to be another boring star that is easy on the eyes. All of his costars are just as forgettable, except for Ron Perlman, who does a fine job as Conan's father. Lang does a decent job as Zym, but even his performance seems lackluster. This one just didn't have the right shoe-fit and I wasn't driven to that wonderful tale of lore, vengeance, and bloody satisfaction that was so prevalent in the original film. Expand
  7. Nov 13, 2011
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Watched the movie last night, mainly because I am a huge fan of Robert E Howard, but I also loved the first version with Arnold. I am sorry, but I couldn't believe how bad this version was. Not only did it not follow any of the original Robert Howard stories, but it was just a bad movie. And I love watching bad action adventure films. I typically can watch them over and over again. But this one - I couldn't even finish. No matter how big a fan you are on Conan, Arnold, Robert E Howard, or bad action adventure films - do not waste your time with this one. Expand

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