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Conan The Barbarian (15)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

The tale of Conan the Cimmerian and his adventures across the continent of Hyboria on a quest to avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his village.

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The critical consensus

If swords, sorcery, pecs and FX get your bloodlust pumping, there’s fleeting fun to be had. But mostly this Conan puts the bore in Hyboria.

**(*)(*)(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 16/08/2011

Big, dumb and brutish, Conan the warrior lumbers on to the Big Screen for a movie that's, well, big, dumb and brutish.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Daily Record, 19/08/2011

Marcus Nispel's film is too relentlessly one note and too abidingly cheesy to stay the course.

**(*)(*)(*)Xan Brooks, The Guardian, 24/08/2011

Clunky, chaotic, and a snore.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 25/08/2011

Some action sequences work better than others, the finale being particularly messy, and if Momoa is not quite as monolithic as Arnie, he’s certainly a better performer.

Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 25/08/2011

Possibly better than Red Sonja or King Kull — but let’s face it, that’s scarcely a major breakthrough. Next time, get a director with a personality and actually read the source stories.

**(*)(*)(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 22/08/2011

Awful though they all are, the fault lies mainly with Marcus Nispel, German music-video director turned specialist in useless genre remakes, and not a man to whom any sane producer would entrust 3D. Dingy? It’s like taking sparklers down a coal mine.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 25/08/2011

he film's problem – and arguably the reason it has been such a clunking failure in the US – is that it's rip-roaring, juvenile matinee entertainment at heart, but is far too violent for the kids to be allowed in to see it.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 26/08/2011

A missed chance. There’s a good foundation to build on, but the immediate film is let down by a lacklustre story and god-awful script.

**(*)(*)(*)James Wright, Little White Lies, 26/08/2011

Conan the Barbarian is the kind of film which just makes you feel sorry for everyone involved.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent, 28/08/2011

Conan The Barbarian (15)

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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