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Braveheart Reviews

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

February 24, 2014
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

February 24, 2014
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 2/4

February 24, 2014
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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In addition to staging battle scenes well, Gibson also manages to recreate the filth and mood of 700 years ago.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

February 24, 2014
Chris Kridler
Baltimore Sun

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.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 24, 2014
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

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

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

February 24, 2014
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

February 24, 2014
Tom Gliatto
People Magazine

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

Full Review Source: People Magazine

February 24, 2014
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

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

Full Review Source: Spokesman-Review (Washington)

February 24, 2014
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

February 24, 2014
Anthony Puccinelli
Chicago Reader
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Braveheart has a gut-wrenching, bone-breaking, sword-thwacking verve.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 24, 2014
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Many movies deal with battlefield heroics. Few seriously attempt to define heroism.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 24, 2014
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 24, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

February 24, 2013

Total Film

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.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 5/5

February 24, 2013
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

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

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 24, 2013
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

June 25, 2012
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Mel Gibson's Oscared, bloody Scottish spectacle.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 14, 2010
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A vanity project if ever there was one.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

March 1, 2008


Braveheart is a finely made, genuine modern epic.

Full Review Source: Film4

February 20, 2008
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