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A Knight's Tale

  PG-13 Closed Captioning

Brian Helgeland

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Plot Summary

After serving a number of years as a squire, an earnest young commoner poses as a knight and establishes himself in the jousting tournaments of Europe. He and a princess fall in love, but she is unaware of his deceit and common roots. The false knight is estranged from the princess once his true roots are revealed. He struggles to amend their relationship.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 146
  • Fresh: 85
  • Rotten: 61
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The result is half Python, half Ivanhoe -- and not as much fun as either. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: May please aficionados of oldies stations and Xtreme sports but few others. – Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today, May 11, 2001

Fresh: More often than not, it's fun. – Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 18, 2008

Fresh: Essentially, it's a screenful of pseudo-medieval popcorn that hits a high enough level of goofy fun to transcend a pretty blatant marketing strategy aimed at the MTV demographic. – Jay Carr, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Critics seem to only love movies that put people to sleep

Only 58% fresh reviews yet 5 stars from every person that watches this great movie! Knights Tale is a ton of fun, it has it all action, romance, drama and yes tons of comedy. Great family movie... my kids loved it, I loved it... so will your family. 5 stars!

A knights tale

This movie is amazing! It is hilarious and a great action movie! Heath Ledger is awesome in this movie.

Critics know nothing

I agree with some other reviews in that critics just aren't any good at rating. The worst movies I've seen were very highly rated by critics(uh, Machete? Only movie I ever walked out of), and the best movies I've seen have been bashed by critics and this is one of them. This movie is just plain fun. Good over evil, and goofy enough to keep everyone laughing throughout. The critics are the ones who are rotten here, not the movie.

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