88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Zemeckis springs so many pow 3-D surprises you'll think Beowulf is your own private fun house.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Beowulf is a solemnly gorgeous, at times borderline stolid piece of Tolkien-with-a-joystick mythology.
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75

Boston Globe

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.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Beowulf couldn't be less faithful to the original epic poem, and that's actually a good thing for moviegoers. It's a lot more fun than the mythic adventure most of us read in school.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
We are not looking at flesh-and-blood actors but special effects that look uncannily convincing, even though I am reasonably certain that Angelina Jolie does not have spike-heeled feet. That's right: feet, not shoes.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Beowulf deserves to be taken semiseriously; its eye candy is mixed with narrative fiber and dramatic protein. But it begs to be taken frivolously. Effects have grown so exciting in the realm of the third dimension that you just sit there all agog behind your polarizing glasses.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Director Robert Zemeckis not only deploys 21st century movie technology at its finest to turn the heroic poem into a vibrant, nerve-tingling piece of pop culture, but his film actually makes sense of Beowulf. In Zemeckis' hands, it's an intriguing look at a hero as a flawed human being.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
As dazzling a feast for the eyes as the hungriest eyes can take.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Zemeckis, who blazed trails mixing live-action with animation in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," blazes not even a footpath here.
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59 out of 100
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