An epic story both in scope and complexity. I already liked this film in its theatrical version but now that I've seen the Director's cut of it, I can call it a masterpiece and easily one of Ridley Scott's greatest achievements. This longer version offers more depth and flesh in both the characters and the religious conflict at the core of the story. I wouldn't have minded 2 hours more. A truly misunderstood gem.
Cheap storytelling in lifeless adventure filled with generic moralizing and wooden presence of the main protagonist. It's yet another pretty to look, pleasant to hear historical epic with very little history and too much epic in the wrong places. It's worth to look just for the routine direction, Eva Green's performance and subplots related to her character.
Gorgeous but poorly scripted and pieced together, it has little emotional ressonance and it feels empty and hollow. Stuffed with underdeveloped characters, it tries to cram too much content for its running time. The director's cut is slightly better and it fills some important gaps present in the original version, but it's overlong and tedious. Great looking outdoor sets. More Ed Norton and Neeson, less Bloom please.
(...)Es ist mutig von Rodley Scott, einen ausgleichenden Film zwischen Christen und Moslems gemacht zu haben. Weder ist Kingdom Of Heaven für die Moslems, noch schlägt er sich auf die Seite der Christen. Im Herzen ist es nicht einmal ein Film über die Kreuzzüge, sondern vielmehr ein Werk, das untersucht, was Vertrauen bedeutet. Im Mittelpunkt steht der Held Balian (Orlando Bloom), der an keinen Gott glaubt.(...)