YMMV / Kingdom of Heaven

  • Anvilicious: "Nearly a thousand years later, peace in the Kingdom of Heaven remains elusive", the final title card. Some people also consider the movie in general to be this.
  • Awesome Music: At least half of the soundtrack.
    • Ridley Scott used the cue "Valhalla/Viking Victory" from The 13th Warrior for this film. Slightly controversial, given the director's turbulent relationship with The 13th Warrior's composer, Jerry Goldsmith when they worked together on Alien & Legend that saw Scott cutting off a large part of Goldsmith's music on the former and re-using parts of Goldsmith's earlier score from Freud; while simultaneously throwing out Goldsmith's entire score in favor of Tangerine Dream's music for the latter. Bitter and upset by the rejection, Goldsmith never spoke to Scott again as a a result even unto his passing.
  • Better on DVD: The theatrical version is a mediocre action film, at best. The Director's Cut edition restores over 45 minutes of plot, and is a far superior political drama/war movie, and explains a lot about why Balian is such an effective leader.
  • Complete Monster: Raynald de Chatillion is a truly nasty and vicious knight. Raynald leads attacks on innocent Muslim villages in orgies of rape and murder in order to provoke Saladin into battle. He has multiple captives beheaded in order to enrage the Muslim leader. When this fails, he personally kills Saladin's own sister. Raynald represents every dark stereotype about the Crusaders, and is so terrible that Saladin personally kills him once Raynald is taken hostage, as Saladin had vowed to kill him if Raynald ever fell into his hands.
  • Cult Classic: Not to the degree of Scott's Blade Runner but like that film, the Director's Cut has its following.
  • Ending Fatigue: The epilogue was especially prominent in the shorter theatrical release.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Even (or maybe especially) in the poorly-received theatrical cut, Edward Norton's King Baldwin impressed critics and audiences.
    • Ghassan Massoud also received a lot of love for his role as Saladin.
  • Faux Symbolism: Reynald's beard and the hair around his shoulders have streaks of red mixed with normal grey hair that are not quite natural looking and are reminiscent of blood stains.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Sibylla's Important Haircut makes a lot more sense if one considers that her original fate was to go to a nunnery after the siege was over. It's also Truth in Television: The women of Jerusalem cut their hair in solidarity with the defenders.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Even in its tarnished form, it was better received in European and Middle Eastern/African territories.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Eva Green willingly gives up the throne for love. Fast forward to Camelot where she stops at nothing to try and become Queen.
    • At one point in the Director's Cut, Balian throws a rock at a bush and it sets a blaze, with him balking at The Hospitaller "That's your Moses". Come almost ten years latter after KOH's release and Ridley Scott is doing a movie about Moses.
  • Iron Woobie: King Baldwin.
  • Mary Tzu: Balian is often accused of being this by people who haven't seen the Director's Cut, because in the theatrical version he is presented as a humble blacksmith who seems to inexplicably have a lot of knowledge about war. The better-received Director's Cut restores deleted scenes in which he explains that he was an engineer who worked with the army and built war machines before retiring to a simpler life as a blacksmith.
  • Memetic Badass: Saladin. He has a province named after him in Iraq. Which might be ironic, given that he was a Kurd.
  • Moral Event Horizon: For Reynald, this would be is his aforementioned mass slaughtering off innocent Muslims just to provoke Saladin, peaking with his murdering (and also possibly raping) of Saladin's sister.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
    Balian: What is Jerusalem worth?
    Saladin: Nothing. (He walks away then turns around) Everything!
  • Special Effect Failure: The blood effects can be a bit wonky. In one instance, Guy de Lusignan stabs an Arab messenger under the chin, causing blood to explode out from under his shirt. In another, Balian smacks a knight on his helmet with what seems to be broken pottery, again causing blood to inexplicably splatter everywhere.
  • Spiritual Licensee: It is essentially an adaptation of The Talisman by Walter Scott. Such similarities include Saladin as a noble ruler, a young European nobleman coming alone to the Crusades and encountering and fighting a Saracen warrior who is later revealed to be of higher birth than the viewer/reader is led to believe, his becoming a good friend of the latter, and finally a forbidden romance between the young nobleman and a young woman of royal heritage.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Balian, the humble blacksmith, finds himself crusading with Godfrey, The Hospitaller, King Baldwin, Sibylla, Tiberius and Saladin.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: This doesn't seem like the kind of movie for that, but then you watch this.