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Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 44 out of 52
  2. Negative: 1 out of 52

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  1. Mar 15, 2014
    An anomalous adventure, two parts Beowulf and one part Dragonslayer - maybe a bit of Predator, too. Outlander is an average action flick hiding some interesting, sometimes beautiful vignettes. Sadly, our only glimpses of these are shown through a dream-haze or verbal exposition. The Viking part is not done terribly well, and Jack Huston sounds way too much of a luvvie to be taken seriously as a Norse warrior. The "shields" sequence is ridiculous, as are countless scenes that seem to have little purpose other than to try and look "cool". Kudos to the writers/director however, for creating a sympathetic figure out of a beastie. Expand
  2. Mar 1, 2014
    Much better than expected.
    Hard core Sci-Fi mixed with a some fantasy.
    Very good special effects. Solid acting. Rewarding plot.
    Sorry that I missed this in 2009
  3. Jan 9, 2014
    Great sci-fi flick! The acting was great and the characters were memorable. Special effects were well. Don't listen to the critics and check this film out!
  4. Aug 23, 2013
    The premise is beyond great, AND the movie itself is a simple yet very nice and enjoyable excercise of storytelling. I don't get what the critics mean by "nonsense" or any other weird complaint. It's good, it wants to tell a story, it has decent special effects, some occasional b-movie gore, the usual tropes of a story, all done in... I don't know, good taste? Really, it's not like it's the best movie ever and it's not even like I'm angry or disagreeing with the critics, it's that I literally do not understand what's wrong with the movie. I guess it's about expectations. Expect a simple yet cool thing with an original spin and you're in for a treat. As for any plot elements that might not make sense, suspend your disbelief, it's no big deal and there's hardly anything plot-breaking. Expand
  5. Jan 26, 2013
    I can't believe I'm the first negative user reviewer. Like most, I listed to the critics and rented this movie from Amazon. The plot didn't seem all that great, nor did the preview...but I went with the positive reviews. I love sci fi, and consider myself a huge fan of series like BSG, Firefly, & Star Trek. I even have the entire series of Farscape on DVD. I can put up with a lot when it comes to imaginative sci fi stories, but this story was absurd. So basically you have this space man from some far away, advanced human civilization that crashes on Earth in Norway during the time of the Vikings. And somehow stowed away on that ship was a gigantic dragon-like thing. Then the space man and vikings fight the dragon-like thing after the space man conveniently loses his space man fireblaster in a waterfall. I just wonder who blackmailed John Hurt into acting in this heap of feces. Expand
  6. Nov 16, 2011
    Ignore ALL the critics who hate this film. The people who came up with this film had a perfect use of their thinking, intelligence and brainstorming to make this film. What is the monster, where it came from, and other details. This sci-fi creature feature that takes place in the Viking's time had made me like this film. A lot.
  7. ALF
    Apr 3, 2011
    Ah Robert Ebert, if ever there was a man who has not got a clue it is this man. Robert you have no talent and I wonder how many years it has been since you actually went to see a film. Anyway Outlander, is a sci fi version of Beowulf. The creature effects are courtesy of the great Pat Tatopoulus and the Morwin is brilliant, innovative and superbly done. John Hurt, Jim Cazievel, Sophie Myles and Ron Perlman are all in gine form. This independent film deserves success and is a wonderful example of creativity. More please. Expand

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. It's entertaining nonsense with major league special effects, larger-than-life characters and inventive monsters that draw on the "Aliens" and "Predator" models, being terrifying but also vaguely sympathetic.
  2. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Not helped by a wooden perf from Jim Caviezel as a humanoid alien who accidentally imports a real alien to eighth-century Earth.
  3. 50
    Outlander is interesting as a collision of genres: the monster movie meets the Viking saga. You have to give it credit for carrying that premise to its ultimate (if not logical) conclusion.