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Chicago Sun-Times

In its finest moments, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is swift and clever and exhilarating. At its low points, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword plays like a cheesy B-movie, with ridiculous monsters and unintentionally laugh-inducing moments.

Read review Richard Roeper
The Washington Post

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is a fun, if sacrilegious, first step in a franchise creation ? one that observes the first commandment of storytelling: Thou shalt not be boring.

Read review Michael O'Sullivan
The A.V. Club

The franchise-hungry tentpole-itis of the present studio model has produced oh-so-many dumb rehashes of classic myths and fairy tales, but this is the first that is always funny on purpose.

Read review Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
The Wrap

There are quick cuts and CG imagery and bro-ing out in nearly equal proportions; I found some of this excess to be heady and exciting, but by the end of the film?s running time, it all became a bit tiresome, to say nothing of tiring.

Read review Alonso Duralde
The Hollywood Reporter

From one moment to the next, it's possible to on some level enjoy the shaking up of tired conventions in a swordplay fantasy such as this and then to be dismayed by the lowbrow vulgarity of what's ended up onscreen. The film gives with one hand and takes away with the other, which can be frustrating in what's meant to be an entertainment.

Read review Todd McCarthy

It's all more wearying than fun. Except for Law, whose courtly sangfroid can elevate even the dumbest roles.

Read review Stephanie Zacharek

Ultimately, 'King Arthur' is just a loud, obnoxious parade of flashy set pieces, as one visually busy, belligerent action scene after another marches by, each making less sense than the last, but all intended to overwhelm.

Read review Peter Debruge
Rolling Stone

An epic bore that believes if you make a movie long and loud and repetitive enough, audiences will conclude it's saying something profound. Wrong.

Read review Peter Travers
The Playlist

Ritchie?s 'King Arthur' is a pleasing big budget spectacle, oddly aligned to the filmmaker?s thematic interests and startlingly compatible with his signature razzle-dazzle style. In fact, the soggiest moments in the movie are the ones that adhere the closest to that ambitious multi-film strategy, lessening the fun, and emptying its impact.

Read review Drew Taylor
The Guardian

Ritchie?s film is at all times over the top, crashing around its digital landscapes in all manner of beserkness, sometimes whooshing along, sometimes stuck in the odd narrative doldrum. But it is often surprisingly entertaining, and whatever clunkers he has delivered in the past, Ritchie again shows that a film-maker of his craft and energy commands attention.

Read review Peter Bradshaw
Entertainment Weekly

King Arthur could have been a rollicking blast. Instead it?s just another wannabe blockbuster with too much flash and not enough soul.

Read review Chris Nashawaty
The New Yorker

Arthur and Vortigern mix it up amid a lot of shenanigans, detours and filler, some bad, some good and all of it disposable.

Read review Manohla Dargis

Part 'Game of Thrones', part 'Snatch', and almost all bad, Guy Ritchie?s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is one of those generic blockbusters that has nothing to say and no idea how to say it.

Read review David Ehrlich

Although it flickers to life at times, 'King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword' devolves into a jumbled affair, weighed down by confusing supernatural elements and a lazy reliance on visual effects.

Read review Jimi Famurewa
Roger Ebert

The result is an oxymoron: a frenetic slog. That?s unfortunately what happens to King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Read review Matt Zoller Seitz