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Braveheart (1995)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 64
Fresh: 50 | Rotten: 14

Distractingly violent and historically dodgy, Mel Gibson's Braveheart justifies its epic length by delivering enough sweeping action, drama, and romance to match its ambition.


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 5

Distractingly violent and historically dodgy, Mel Gibson's Braveheart justifies its epic length by delivering enough sweeping action, drama, and romance to match its ambition.



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Mel Gibson, long-time heartthrob of the silver screen, came into his own as a director with Braveheart, an account of the life and times of medieval Scottish patriot William Wallace and, to a lesser degree, Robert the Bruce's struggle to unify his nation against its English oppressors. The story begins with young Wallace, whose father and brother have been killed fighting the English, being taken into the custody of his uncle, a nationalist and pre-Renaissance renaissance man. He returns twenty


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Aug 29, 2000

Paramount Pictures

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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (50) | Rotten (14) | DVD (41)

As the star of the new, epic-scaled Braveheart, Gibson celebrates yet another man of selfless valor. And as its director, he displays some daring of his own.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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A lavish, entertaining spectacle full of manly men, dastardly villains, rousing battles and women who easily see Mel's hero potential through all that messy hair.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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In addition to staging battle scenes well, Gibson also manages to recreate the filth and mood of 700 years ago.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Mel Gibson throws his whole heart into a role. No one acts with more conviction, and his errors are honest ones.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Braveheart has a gut-wrenching, bone-breaking, sword-thwacking verve.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Many movies deal with battlefield heroics. Few seriously attempt to define heroism.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The screenplay says repeatedly that thinking is more important than fighting, yet problems are always met with muscle-power in the movie, which wallows in violence and vengeance every chance it gets.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Braveheart is a stouthearted, old-fashioned hero movie in which honorable Scottish underdogs fight nasty British nobles. It lacks refinement, but it's a satisfying war story (and mediocre love story) in the grand Hollywood tradition.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Mel Gibson's Braveheart is a rousing, romantic battle epic featuring a cast of thousands, many without heads or arms.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Well-made but uneven, Braveheart has some grand moments -- but few pertain to Gibson's less than charismatic performance as the resourceful hero.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The movie is full of battle scenes, all of them interchangeable.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Good acting, shotmaking and a charismatic lead role alone won't grant you a pass to Kubrick country. Nor even to Costner country.

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Spokesman-Review (Washington)
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

If you like your Hollywood to be as big, stirring and spectacular as possible, then there's no denying that Braveheart was one of the highpoints of '90s cinema.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

It succeeds in bringing to life the reality of Scottish patriotism and brilliantly captures the spirit of revolution.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Completely honest, and completely eager, and subtle as an iron hammer to the skull.

June 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Comment (1)
Antagony & Ecstasy

Mel Gibson's Oscared, bloody Scottish spectacle.

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A vanity project if ever there was one.

March 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (10)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Braveheart is a finely made, genuine modern epic.

February 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for Braveheart

When I first saw this film, I thought it was fantastic! In particular, it skirted the second act letdown. Tonight, I saw it on DVD. One, too many and too long battle sequences. Two is enough for me. Second, Wallace (Gibson) is carried to his execution on a cart with a cross. Well, OK, Christ dies for all of us. But then, when he is secured to have his head cut off, he is also spread out in a cross. Too much Christianity for me. I did not notice this aspect when I first saw the film.
Otherwise, this film hooked me well into its story, and it has a very strong spiritual aspect. The love that was consummated (twice) struck me as more of the spirit than of the flesh. 3 Stars 9-14-1997 (Updated)
January 26, 2014
Bruce Bruce

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Braveheart is the (exceedingly tall) story of William Wallace, a man who united the common people of Scotland to rise up against their English oppressors in the 13th century. Of course the historical "facts" vary between the dubious and the ludicrous, particularly those involving the princess of Wales but I for one am not complaining about having to look at Sophie Marceau. It's easy to pick holes in it's accuracy, but if it were true to real events it probably would be a hell of a lot duller. This film is about rooting for the underdog; cheering on the good guys and booing the bad guys with some fantastically bloody action along the way. Gibson's accent is more Crocodile than Dundee, but he plays the part with just the right mix of charm and humour and has a great supporting cast to back him up, Patrick McGoohan being the best of the bunch as the deliciously malevolent Edward Longshanks (Boo! Hiss!) Often ridiculous, but a hugely entertaining old school swashbuckler. And where else can you see a story where a dirty hankie changes history...?!
August 28, 2013
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

"Every man dies, but not every man really lives"

Excellent Film! 1995 Best Picture! The acting is amazing, and the ending was brilliant. For me, all my guesses were incorrect. Everything that happens in this movie in unpredicted. The last half hour itself was highly unpredictable, and it had a powerful message. When a scene was meant to be dramatic, they did a great job at it. The message the movie sent kept me thinking for a while. The amount of courage and bravery was inconceivable, there was barely any faults or anything wrong with the movie. For a movie of 1995, they did a great job. Everything in this film was done tastefully. I love Robert's last line "You have bled with Wallace! Now bleed with me!" and the army stands and continues their struggling battles for freedom! This is such an inspirational movie with a powerful message "Every man dies, but not every man really lives" to a tearful ending that will make anyone shed a tear to a terrific heartfelt sound track, it's no wonder this won best picture with other Oscars. This is a movie, a terrific one that everyone should enjoy and watch. Well recommended! Go see this if you haven't!

William Wallace is a Scottish rebel who leads an uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks, who wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. When he was a young boy, William Wallace's father and brother, along with many others, lost their lives trying to free Scotland. Once he loses another of his loved ones, William Wallace begins his long quest to make Scotland free once and for all, along with the assistance of Robert the Bruce.
July 22, 2013
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

it was a very well thought out film, and the main reason to see this movie is the music and the fight scenes, mainly because the music is all done in bagpipes which is a tribute to Scotland being how the bagpipe was invented there. and the fights are spectacular to look at and very epic
July 22, 2013
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Michael Edwards

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    1. William Wallace: They may take away our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!
    – Submitted by Traderlu L (28 days ago)
    1. Malcolm Wallace: I know you can fight, but it's our wits that make us men.
    – Submitted by William H (13 months ago)
    1. William Wallace: I am William Wallace. And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny! You have come to fight as free men. And free man you are! What will you do without freedom? Will you fight?!
    2. Young Soldier: No, we wil run and live!
    3. William Wallace: Yes!, Fight and you may die. Run and you will live at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one cahnce, to come back here as young men and tell our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take our freedom!
    – Submitted by Jackson B (20 months ago)
    1. William Wallace: In the year of our Lord 1314, patriots of Scotland, starving and outnumbered, charged the fields of Bannockburn. They fought like warrior poets. They fought like Scotsmen and they won their freedom. Forever!
    – Submitted by Alex K (20 months ago)
    1. Stephen: I the most wanted man on my island, except I'm not on my island, of course.
    2. Hamish: Your island you mean ireland?
    3. Stephen: Yeah, it's mine.
    – Submitted by James B (20 months ago)
    1. William Wallace: They may take away our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!
    – Submitted by Alex K (21 months ago)
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