The Eagle Reviews
Posted 02.12.11 by reelz
Swords-and-sandals flick starring Channing Tatum is one of the better-reviewed wide releases so far this year.
"...an invigorating, cool-toned, action-filled Roman historical adventure..."
— Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"...a thunderous boys' adventure of the old-school type..."
— J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"While the movie doesn't wholly succeed, there's enough to like here — including Channing Tatum's credible performance as a tradition-bound Roman soldier — to prove modestly satisfying..."
— Keith Phipps, Onion AV Club
"...a solemn and muscle-bound tale of valor and brutality on the northern fringes of the Roman Empire..."
— A. O. Scott, New York Times
"...has problems unrelated to the acting -- its pacing and storytelling simply don't work onscreen."
— Luke Y. Thompson, E! Online
"...a long slog through ancient muck, so-so sword fights and dumb luck."
— Kyle Smith, New York Post