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Rob Roy (1995)

tomatometer

72

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 12

Rob Roy is an old-fashioned swashbuckler that benefits greatly from fine performances by Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, and Tim Roth.

58

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 5

Rob Roy is an old-fashioned swashbuckler that benefits greatly from fine performances by Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, and Tim Roth.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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The 18th century Scottish legend of Robert Roy MacGregor comes to life in this stylish adaptation of the swashbuckling novel by Sir Walter Scott. Liam Neeson stars as the title character, a cattle drover and proud head of a Highlands clan who takes a one thousand pound loan from the royal Marquis of Montrose (John Hurt) in order to make a profit on some livestock that will keep his struggling people alive through the coming winter. One of the Marquis' henchmen, wily expert swordsman Archibald

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Documentary, Drama, Action & Adventure

Alan Sharp

Aug 27, 1997

MGM Home Entertainment

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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (12) | DVD (7)

Rob Roy has its diversions, but they are unfortunately outweighed by some heavy baggage that contains not enough of substance.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Neeson makes a less dashing action hero than did Day-Lewis, but he brings enough gravitas to his role to endow his love for his wife Mary (Lange) and his conflict with Cunningham with real emotional punch.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Rob Roy is best watched for local color and for its hearty, hot-blooded stars.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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With such a cast and the setting of the Highlands, plus a story with a gold mine of dramatic potential, it is a puzzle why Rob Roy is so uninvolving.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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You always know where it's going even as it meanders for two and a half hours getting there.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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No more than moderately satisfying.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Where Braveheart was a guts-and-glory battlefield hymn to fortitude, Rob Roy is a more personal, more intelligent, and more wrenching exploration of honor, honesty, and loyalty.

October 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Rob Roy benefits from a smart script and fine performances by art house regulars Tim Roth and Eric Stoltz, as well as Hollywood stars Liam Neeson and Jessica Lange.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

This historical epic is slightly anachronistic, but the acting of Liam Neeson in the lead and especially Tim Roth as the villain is excellent.

July 4, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

In their devotion, fiery love scenes, and mutual respect, Neeson and Lange have made marriage more appealing and admirable than any movie has in years.

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

The best HEAVY sword fight sequence ever filmed.

October 15, 2004

Good movie, great sword fights

December 26, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Contains one of the best cinematic swordfights ever. Incredible flick.

November 7, 2003
Needcoffee.com

Splendid performances, smashing action

July 15, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

A fine translation of the Scottish legend, infinitely superior to the ham-handed Braveheart.

September 6, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Fine and fetching swashbuckling drama with equal doses of heroism and love.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

You know you're in whole mess of trouble when the villains turn out to be more interesting than the hero.

April 2, 2001 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Director Michael Caton-Jones and everyone else involved in this disaster should be shot for wasting the public's time.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comments (3)
Filmcritic.com

Neeson simply has no spark here. He is good and honest and honorable until your face turns blue. He's just no fun.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

It is a story about characters as much as it is about battles, and it succeeds as both.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Rob Roy

Scottish highland class warfare as the poor-but-honorable working class try to squeeze a break from the generally debauched upper class. Period costumes and powdered wigs, lots of grassy, mists-o'er-the-heather scenery and big buffy men pulling out their swords for a wee contest make for a nice evening. A bottle of vino and a smile for Tim Roth's dangerously prissy fop bad guy.
July 23, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

A soaring epic piece concerning a hero who stood by a code of honor and who took a stand when that code was violated in more ways than one. Liam Neeson gives a quietly intense performance as a man whose love for his family was as great as his name. Tim Roth, one of my favorite actors, creates a rare sort of villain, a rapist and murderer who has dominant feminine mannerisms, and whose merciless ways rank him as one of cinema's best bad guys. This film is full of surprises and great escape/fight scenes, with an ending sword battle that is flat-out incredible.
August 8, 2009
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

With it's grittier direction and more personal story, this period swashbuckler seems to lack the Hollywood gloss of it's contemporary Braveheart, but scratch the surface and you'll find the usual foreign actors with suspect accents, penny whistles and noble savages fighting the oppression of evil aristocrats, hung on a plot that could easily have been lifted directly from a western. It is however well written and solidly performed, but it is really the cast of cads that Neeson is forced into battling that make this film. John Hurt's arrogant and calculating Montrose, Brian Cox and his amusingly snide commentary on the proceedings, but most of all Tim Roth's hilariously immoral fop. It may not have the spectacle and humour of Mel Gibson's epic, but it is different enough to make it worth a watch in it's own right.
November 15, 2007
garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

In my opinion, better than Braveheart. A great film.
September 6, 2007
YLOWBSTARDreturns

Super Reviewer

    1. Montrose: [to Cunningham] One must never underestimate the healing power of hatred.
    – Submitted by William C (18 months ago)
    1. Rob Roy MacGregor: Do you know how fine you are to me, Mary MacGregor?
    – Submitted by Ceara R (24 months ago)
    1. Killearn: Would you like me to take your chamberpot?
    2. Cunningham: ...
    3. Killearn: I know many a Scotsman who would be glad of this on a cold morning; it's almost pure spirit, and I'm no judge of a pint of pish.
    – Submitted by Nicholas M (2 years ago)
    1. Betty: But I love you, Archie!
    2. Cunningham: Love is a dunghill, Betty, and I am but a cock who climbs upon it to crow.
    – Submitted by Sarah T (2 years ago)
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