'Conan the Barbarian' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   10 reviews
24%
Rotten Tomatoes:   144 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    Here's a movie that's simultaneously lavishly violent and numbing, visually ornate and undistinguished, epic and shallow, relentlessly noisy and tone-deaf, workmanlike and unfilling.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Mr. Momoa has some awfully big biceps to fill. He rises to that task with a pumped physique made for ogling.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Xan Brooks Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Here is a tale in which battle sequence spawns battle sequence and where the dialogue is rendered all-but unintelligible under the din of clashing steel and the screams of the mutilated.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    38
    Conan the Barbarian lives by a pretty simple ethos: He lives, he loves, he slays. What he doesn't do, alas, is act.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • John DeFore Washington Post (Top Critic)
    38
    Momoa ... speaks in one of those trying-too-hard baritones heard in young jocks whose greatest fear is being called gay.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    Even the Schwarzenegger version had a crackpot long-range vision. This Conan is just a barbarian for hire.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Holcomb Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Both truer to the vision of its character's creator, Robert E. Howard, and more satisfyingly pulpy than the 1982 movie incarnation.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    It's just another ham-handed adventure flick in eye-deadening, wallet-draining 3-D.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Gary Dowell Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    25
    Dull and uninvolving, Conan the Barbarian occasionally verges on escaping its rut, but never makes good on the promise. It's busy without having energy, a loud, lackluster mess.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    38
    A brutal, crude, witless high-tech CGI contrivance, in which no artificial technique has been overlooked, including 3-D.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    I've certainly seen worse movies this summer, though I hope that if director Nispel returns to the land of Hyboria he'll learn that sword fights don't respond well to his chaotic brand of staging, made worse by the editing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ben Sachs Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    At its best the movie suggests a funhouse at a state-of-the-art county fair; at its worst it's a fairly dumb celebration of brute violence.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    30
    There's just not a lot to like here, with the exception of what may be one of the all-time best bad movie lines, one Conan utters to Tamara as a kind of personal credo: "I live. I love. I slay. I am content." That makes one of us.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    With all earnestness, Nispel embraces the property's classic roots, placing this new Conan squarely within the tradition of sword-and-sorcery pics.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    You can't underestimate the vitality of a movie where manly men give orders such as, "We will cast our rivals into oceans of blood."
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    50
    Take away much of the myth, most of the sorcery and all of the humor of the 1982 John Milius-Arnold Schwarzenegger version of the sword and sorcery epic "Conan the Barbarian" and you've got an idea what the new "Conan" is like.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    The very definition of the dumb summer flick, designed to squeeze a few last bucks out of the kids before school starts up again.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    9
    Shoddy acting, no real plot, and silly dialogue? You betcha!
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    38
    It ain't a pretty sight -- in fact, it's downright barbaric.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    38
    The 2011 version of Conan the Barbarian looks cheap and feels rushed. The few good elements are dwarfed by a generic, nonsensical plot and shoddy storytelling.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Non-stop blood-and-guts action aimed at game boys and emotionally stunted lovers of adolescent fantasy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    25
    It didn't seem possible for there to be even less characterization than there was in the original "Conan," but voila.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    A gaudily ornamented medieval banquet table groaning with junk food and open entrails.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    70
    It's kind of a wicked blast to watch, especially if you're in the mood for some righteous revenge.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sean Kernan We Got This Covered
    60
    Conan the Barbarian is shocking not merely for its blood and guts violence but for how surprisingly gripping and compelling it is, even muddy in 3D.
    Full Review » 1 year ago