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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (12A)

Action, Adventure, Drama

Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy - whether he likes it or not.

The critical consensus

The film rattles along exhilaratingly, if sometimes intermittently, like a fairground rollercoaster that occasionally stops and makes you get out and walk for a few minutes before letting you back on.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 09/05/2017

Ritchie’s geezerfied King Arthur occasionally sparkles before being scuppered by generic effects, conflicting ideas and an embarrassing celebrity cameo for the ages.

**(*)(*)(*)Jimi Famurewa, Empire Online, 09/05/2017

Hunnam handles the fist and sword fights better than the accent in a medieval mishmash that’s rarely magic.

**(*)(*)(*)Jamie Graham, Total Film, 09/05/2017

All swagger and no guile, but fun in the moment.

Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 15/05/2017

Hunnam copes with the physical demands of the role, but even he can't survive amid all this chaos.

***(*)(*)James Mottram, The List, 15/05/2017

Amid all the sound and fury, it takes a while to realise that actually not very much is happening here at all.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 16/05/2017

Sadly, Ritchie’s more idiosyncratic flourishes don’t gel at all with the demands of delivering a mega-budget epic.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 18/05/2017

King Arthur is far from perfect but if you are happy to just go along for the ride it’s certainly entertaining enough.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 19/05/2017

Guy Ritchie’s film is low on originality, but might please devotees of his shtick.

**(*)(*)(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 21/05/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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