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Here's what the critics have to say about 'Robin Hood', as if you care.

Really, can critics affect how much this Robin raids from the box office? Let's look at the bottom line: 2010's 'Robin Hood' brings together one of the most successful threesomes in Hollywood: Russell Crowe, director Ridley Scott and action. From 'Gladiator' to 'American Gangster', this team has proven to be an audience-magnet (except for 'A Good Year,' Crowe and Scott's wine and brie caper that didn't resonate.)

Crowe's headliner begins in pre-Magna Carta days, not very merry and before Robin Hood's posse put the band together. All you need to know about this Robin: While on horseback, he wields a sword and a hammer. Cate Blanchett co-stars as a formidable Maid Marion.

Consensus is building that this 'Robin' could be too dark and downbeat, but perceptions change over time. Check out 'Robin and Marian', starring Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn. Snubbed for awards when it was released in 1976, Connery's noble thief, played as a hood feeling his age, is actually quite good.

What few would doubt: This latest retelling of Nottinghamshire's legend is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer season. Here's what the critics have to say about 'Robin Hood', as if you care.

Really, can critics affect how much this Robin raids from the box office? Let's look at the bottom line: 2010's 'Robin Hood' brings together one of the most successful threesomes in Hollywood: Russell Crowe, director Ridley Scott and action. From 'Gladiator' to 'American Gangster', this team has proven to be an audience-magnet (except for 'A Good Year,' Crowe and Scott's wine and brie caper that didn't resonate.)

Crowe's headliner begins in pre-Magna Carta days, not very merry and before Robin Hood's posse put the band together. All you need to know about this Robin: While on horseback, he wields a sword and a hammer. Cate Blanchett co-stars as a formidable Maid Marion.

Consensus is building that this 'Robin' could be too dark and downbeat, but perceptions change over time. Check out 'Robin and Marian', starring Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn. Snubbed for awards when it was released in 1976, Connery's noble thief, played as a hood feeling his age, is actually quite good.

What few would doubt: This latest retelling of Nottinghamshire's legend is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer season.

Los Angeles Times: "What is harder to forgive is the cumbersome, too-complicated story ... Simultaneously simplistic and over-plotted, revisionist and predictable, this 'Robin Hood' has trouble getting untracked and, once it does, proves an awkward mix of international geopolitics, repressed memory, old-fashioned villainy, human rights advocacy, the Magna Carta and pigeons that send secret messages."

Entertainment Weekly
: "The battles are grainy and 'existential,'' but what they aren't is thrilling. They're surging crowd scenes with streams of arrows and flecks of blood, and Crowe, slashing his way through them, is a glorified extra. He's so grimly possessed with purpose that he's a bore, and so is the movie. Grade: C-"

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Roger Ebert: "'Robin Hood' is a high-tech and well made violent action picture using the name of Robin Hood for no better reason than that it's an established brand not protected by copyright. [This] Robin is another weary retread of the muscular macho slaughterers who with interchangeable names stand at the center of one overwrought bloodbath after another."

Associated Press: "With its sweeping scope and tangible grittiness, it does look great: an old-fashioned epic jazzed up with new technology. Several moments stand out for their imagery, including vast aerial shots and the sight of hundreds of arrows zipping through the air and landing in a thunderous shower."

The Hollywood Reporter: "The result is less a Robin Hood story than an epic action movie that sees Crowe at the center of English history at the turn of the 13th century. It's 'Gladiator' in Sherwood Forest ..."