Beowulf

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Paramount Pictures Released 2007

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Director:
Robert Zemeckis
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG-13

Beowulf is a renowned hero, a mighty warrior in the age of villainous creatures roaming middle earth terrorizing villages. After Beowulf is summoned by King Hrothgar to destroy an overpowering demon named Grendel, he succeeds in both destroying this monster and incurring the undying wrath of it's ruthless and seductive mother. Grendel's mother is hellbent on revenge, half lizard and half human covered in gold, she will use every trick and power in her book to avenge her son. What ensues is an epic battle, immortalizing the name Beowulf. So is the poem of Beowulf, cursed with legendary fighting abilities to roam the earth to defeat monsters and fight for those who cannot defend themselves.

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  • 60

    Variety Justin Chang

    For all its visual sweep and propulsively violent action, this bloodthirsty rendition of the Old English epic can't overcome the disadvantage of being enacted by digital waxworks r...

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The 3-D is necessary to the film only in so far as it keeps your eyes engaged when your mind starts to wander. Stripped of much of the original poem's language, its cadences, deep ...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Beowulf appears so cartoony, in fact, that the academy just put it on the short list of films to be considered for the Oscar in feature animation.

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