''Costner, grizzled and downbeat, escapes with his gruff charisma intact. He plays each scene as if he meant it, very straight and cool, and with enough vulnerability to show us that he's not hiding behind the macho thrill-kill postures.''
''Most of the film is a chintzy but watchable B-movie knockoff of Gladiator, with Kit Harington mustering very little in the way of facial expressivity in the role of Milo, a slave-gladiator whose Celtic family was slaughtered by Corvus, a nasty Roman officer-turned-senator played with smarmy superiority by Keifer Sutherland.''
''If the movie works at all, it's as a swoony love story threatened by a basic, cornball Oedipal drama. But for a film that's coming out on Valentine's Day, that more than passes as respectable.''
''The movie is all random cutting remarks, hand-to-hand fight scenes that seem particularly pointless in a film where everyone is supernatural, and a story that barely pretends to matter.''
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Which movies had Sundance sizzling...and which left our critic feeling cold? A discerning look at the festival's cinematic highs and lows this year.
American Hustle, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, August: Osage County, Gimme Shelter, Her, The Legend of Hercules, Lone Survivor, Ride Along, Saving Mr. Banks, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Visitors, The Wolf of Wall Street
''Pine goes through the motions of saving the Western world with a swaggery concentration that keeps you watching. I just hope that in the next Ryan outing, his charisma will have the added sheen that comes with being at least one step ahead of the audience.''