Beowulf & Grendel Synopsis
A warrior (Gerard Butler) battles the vengeful son (Ingvar E. Sigurdsson) of a slaughtered troll.
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
The film's near-fatal flaw is its dialogue, which had to be invented wholesale from the Old English text. It alternates between sounding...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Credit Icelandic director Sturla Gunnarsson for having an ambitious vision: He took a look at the eighth-century epic poem "Beowulf" and...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A muscular, ardently naturalistic retelling of the ninth-century Anglo-Saxon saga.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Gunnarsson's film ultimately lacks the grandeur and wit necessary to make the legend fully come alive. Still, the film does offer certain...
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
We're more likely to snicker at this marauding monster than scream.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
To be very generous toward the filmmakers' intentions, Beowulf & Grendel might be seen as a misguided attempt to lend some modern nuance to...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The film is very near a comedy, and I'm not sure that's on purpose.
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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...
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
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...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Imagine the worst "Deadwood" episode ever, and you'll get an idea of the general tone of Beowulf & Grendel, which is full of anachronistic...
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