In this mix of historical tragedy and hip adventure, Gibson may be as galvanic a movie swashbuckler as Errol Flynn and Burt Lancaster were in their day.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The political argument that ensues is pretty dull, but the battle scenes are the loudest and most convincing in years: Gibson has learned from Kurosawa in lending a clarifying thrust to what is, essentially, chaos.
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
It succeeds in bringing to life the reality of Scottish patriotism and brilliantly captures the spirit of revolution.
| Original Score: 4/5
Completely honest, and completely eager, and subtle as an iron hammer to the skull.
| Original Score: 8/10
Mel Gibson's Oscared, bloody Scottish spectacle.
A vanity project if ever there was one.
| Original Score: C
A real modern epic.
| Original Score: 3/5
Braveheart looks like a true epic -- even if it is both bloody and bloody long.
A huge, bloody and sprawling epic, Braveheart is the sort of massive vanity piece that would be easy to disparage if it didn't essentially deliver.
So inspiring is his message that my own girlfriend channeled it, in the warning I received prior to my reviewing the film: You'd better love it, or I'll disembowel you.
| Original Score: 2/4
With a sweeping look, lots of emotion, a classic hero, occasionally corny dialogue and forced romances, Braveheart is a flawed classic.
At the heart of Mel Gibson's tumultuously entertaining epic is the almost-quaint notion that movie heroics should mean something more than a play for the much-coveted 18-25 box office demographic.
A massive, sweaty, frequently silly epic that nevertheless delivers enough brute pleasure to pass a rainy afternoon.
| Original Score: 3/4
A great big splendorific Hollywood epic that's not exactly original or cliche-free, but fairly satisfying.
One of the weakest films to ever win the Best Picture Oscar, Mel Gibson's wannabe historical saga is handsome to look at but shallow and ultra-violent.
| Original Score: C+
Gibson hews to a style that is visually elaborate without ever being visually complicated, scraping away the traces of any irony or dimension from every shot, every scene.
| Original Score: C-
While the violence is raw, so are the emotions.
| Original Score: 4/4
In addtion to starring in the film, Gibson also directs it, and does so impressively.
| Original Score: B