Robin Hood in Theaters May 14

Robin Hood, featuring Oscar winner Russell Crowe, will hit theaters nationwide tomorrow, May 14, 2010.

The basic synopsis of the movie: In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. And whether thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people.

Most of the prerelease reviews have been negative.

Claudia Puig of USA Today writes, “Perhaps the worst, and most shameless, aspect of this tedious affair is that it’s essentially a prequel for the Robin Hood better known for his redistribution of wealth.”

“The problem with Russell Crowe’s new take on the legend is that it has one muddy boot in history and the other in fantasy,” Joe Neumaier of the New York Daily Times said. “The middling result is far from a bull’s-eye.”

“Simultaneously simplistic and over-plotted, revisionist and predictable…” Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times reported.

Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune said, “I liked it. It’s on a par with Scott’s American Gangster: No revelations, but a satisfying, large-scale genre movie, toned up by its cast.”

This Universal Pictures film stars Russell Crowe as Robin Hood, Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian, William Hurt as WIlliam Marshall, Mark Strong as Sir Godfrey, Mark Addy as Friar Tuck, and Oscar Isaac as Prince John. The film was directed Ridley Scott.

Robin Hood will be competing at the box office this weekend with Iron Man 2, which was released last Friday and grossed over $130 million for its opening weekend. Just Wright, starring Queen Latifah and Common, and Letters to Juliet featuring Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave will be opening in theaters this weekend as well.

Check out the Robin Hood trailer below.

Robin Hood is rated PG-13 for violence, including intense sequences of warfare and some sexual content (Parents strongly cautioned).

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