The Critics Have Spoken: “Robin Hood” is a Big Let Down

Jamie Foxx and Taron Egerton in "Robin Hood"

The latest adaptation of Robin Hood has finally hit cinemas, and the first reviews are in. Unfortunately, they’re not looking so good.

In Otto Bathurt’s rendition of the mythic tale, Taron Egerton stars as the titular hero, who robs from the rich and gives to the poor. From the trailers, we were expecting a fresh, action-packed take on the story, but there seems to be unanimous agreement among critics that the movie did not deliver.

The Hollywood Reporter said: “Mendelsohn’s villain is boringly one-note, Eve Hewson’s Marion uses an incongruous Yank accent and always looks as though she’s just stepped out of the makeup trailer, F. Murray Abraham swans around in fancy cardinal’s vestments looking sinister and Foxx seems p****d off that he’s not somewhere, perhaps anywhere, else. As for Egerton, he’s a boy doing a man’s job.”

The New York Times agreed, saying: “The plot is twisty in a perfunctory way, the action predictably explosive, the sought-after exhilaration nonexistent.”

The Guardian were equally harsh, rating the movie a dismal 2/5. They concluded: “This bloated, featureless, CGI-heavy movie is not so much stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, as stealing from Guy Ritchie, Batman, Two-Face and a few others – and not giving back all that much to the audience.”

If you were on the fence about whether or not to watch Robin Hood in cinemas, it might be best to wait for the DVD, or better still, its debut on Netflix… or not bother at all.