Ebert:1/2 Rolling Stone: TV Guide:1/2

Warning, minor plot points revealed!

I liked this movie.  It was a great ancient war flick and I learned a little about the crusades.  Actually most of what I learned was from a History Channel special, that aired the week this film came out, comparing scenes in the movie to actual crusade history.  

The only problem I have is that if you have seen the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, then you have already seen a far superior version of this film.  If you don't know what I'm talking about then let me say it this way.  If you've seen the siege and defense of Minas Tirith or Helm's Deep in The Lord of the Rings movies, then you have already seen a far superior version of this film.  

Dont get me wrong, Legolas, I mean Orlando Bloom, does a fine job.  Director Ridley Scott has put together a fine cast including David Thewlis, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, Jeremy Irons and an uncredited Edward Norton.  They all do their typical outstanding jobs in support of Legolas.  

The special effects are to reminiscent of Lord of the Rings and the time period is too close to other recent epics such as Troy, and Alexander.

So with summer now in full swing I guess the best I can say is just wait and rent this one when it comes out.  History buffs, like me, will want to check it out just because there's not a lot of films about the crusades.  If for no other reason, it's fun to see Legolas in a lead role and watch a few big production battles.