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Black Knight

Adventure . Comedy . Fantasy

Martin Lawrence plays Jamal, an employee in Medieval World amusement park. After sustaining a blow to the head, he awakens to find himself in 14th century England.

Actors: Kevin Conway , Michael Countryman , Daryl Mitchell , Vincent Regan , Tom Wilkinson , Marsha Thomason , Martin Lawrence
Directors: Gil Junger
Country: USA
Release: 2001-11-21
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  • Kevin Thomas

    It has more hilarious throwaway lines than most comedies offer up as their best jokes, and it is consistently inspired, energetic and, most important, light on its feet.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    Lawrence is miraculous, as always.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Martin Lawrence finally gets to show what he can do as a screen comedian.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Though the humor of Black Knight never quite achieves the giddiness of a Monty Python comedy, Lawrence creates a character more lovable than either Bill or Ted on either of their excellent adventures.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Lawrence, as always, exerts the appeal of a con man too lightweight to buy into his own con. He'd be funnier, though, if he didn't insist on being the only funny thing in the room.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    We had hoped for just a funny movie, but instead we get some laughs and plenty of yawns.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    It relies on short bursts of Lawrence's zaniness, punctuated by an occasional joke about stinking feet or vile breath. For his admirers, that will be plenty.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Too bad it's not so funny. Almost every gag in Black Knight feels forced and contrived, as if the movie is desperate to squeeze laughs out of us. Full Review
  • Andy Klein

    Goes by relatively swiftly and painlessly, despite the completely ragtag nature of its construction, but there is not an inspired moment in it.

    New Times (L.A.) Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    Isn't merely bad, it's utterly flavorless and the filmmakers are either too lazy or too cynical to even pretend there's a story behind Lawrence's 21st century homeboy shtick in 14th-century garb.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Steve Simels

    The lame and apparently tacked-on ending (which seems to crib footage from 2000's "Gladiator"), suggests the rather terrifying prospect of a Roman-era sequel. Five words: Be afraid, be very afraid.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Joe Leydon

    Arriving so soon after "A Knight's Tale" -- and the 25th-anniversary reissue of the classic "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," Black Knight is a textbook example of too much, too late.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    This time-travel scenario is by now shopworn, and the normally riotous Lawrence, a manic and gifted clown, is hamstrung in his efforts to eke humor from the anemic script.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mark Caro

    But in the end everything comes down to Lawrence, who has yet to develop a truly distinct comedic sensibility.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    Dismal time-travel comedy that makes "Big Momma's House" look like "Citizen Kane."

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Jonathan Foreman

    If this cheesy, cheap-looking update of "A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court" had been co-produced by the Ku Klux Klan itself, it could hardly be more repellently stereotypical.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    It's fitting that Black Knight, the new time-travel movie with Martin Lawrence, should arrive at the start of the Christmas season, because the season gives us the perfect word to describe it: humbug.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Michael Dequina

    Martin Lawrence can be hysterically funny. You'd never guess that from watching the remarkably wasteful endeavor known as Black Knight.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    A movie that knows its audience. Its underlying philosophy might be: why try harder when this is all they expect?

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Lisa Alspector

    Jamal (Martin Lawrence), starts trying to make the best of a bad situation, which becomes our job too.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Mark Holcomb

    Suited only for unwitting under-twelvers (though even they may not outlast the midpoint evaporation of Lawrence's shtick).

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    There's precious little to like about the witless and decidedly tedious Black Knight other than the fact that it's unlikely to generate a sequel.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Paul Malcolm

    "It's no longer funny, but he refuses to give up the joke." That just about sums it up except for the film's shopworn plot -- and its wretchedly cheap production design.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    It's a shrewd little comedy that uses good British actors to challenge its star, who rises to the occasion.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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