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Based on 16 Reviews
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  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 70
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Gunnarsson's film ultimately lacks the grandeur and wit necessary to make the legend fully come alive. Still, the film does offer certain kicks to those who like their action films infused with fantastical elements and benefits greatly from its highly effective lead performances. show more

  • 63
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    We're more likely to snicker at this marauding monster than scream. show more

  • 50
    Chicago Tribune

    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. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Beowulf & Grendel has its moments, as well as its debits. Among the later is the grating Canadian accent of Sarah Polley, who plays a witch named Selma. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The film is very near a comedy, and I'm not sure that's on purpose. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    To be very generous toward the filmmakers' intentions, Beowulf & Grendel might be seen as a misguided attempt to lend some modern nuance to a traditional tale of good and emphatic evil. But why pussyfoot? The movie is a lumbering and ludicrous mess. show more

  • 75
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    A muscular, ardently naturalistic retelling of the ninth-century Anglo-Saxon saga. show more

  • 75
    William Arnold Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    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. show more

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