Braveheart Reviews

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Derek Malcolm
Mail & Guardian
February 24, 2015
This is by no means a bad effort in the historical epic genre, since Gibson has made himself into a more than passable director and, for the battles of Stirling Bridge and Falkirk alone, deserves an Oscar of some sort.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 24, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
February 24, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
February 24, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
February 24, 2014
In addition to staging battle scenes well, Gibson also manages to recreate the filth and mood of 700 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Kridler
Baltimore Sun
February 24, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
February 24, 2014
Mel Gibson's Braveheart is a rousing, romantic battle epic featuring a cast of thousands, many without heads or arms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
February 24, 2014
Well-made but uneven, Braveheart has some grand moments -- but few pertain to Gibson's less than charismatic performance as the resourceful hero.
Tom Gliatto
People Magazine
February 24, 2014
The movie is full of battle scenes, all of them interchangeable.
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
February 24, 2014
Good acting, shotmaking and a charismatic lead role alone won't grant you a pass to Kubrick country. Nor even to Costner country.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
February 24, 2014
Mel Gibson throws his whole heart into a role. No one acts with more conviction, and his errors are honest ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Anthony Puccinelli
Chicago Reader
February 24, 2014
Braveheart has a gut-wrenching, bone-breaking, sword-thwacking verve.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
February 24, 2014
Many movies deal with battlefield heroics. Few seriously attempt to define heroism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 24, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
February 24, 2013
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.
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film
February 24, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
February 24, 2013
It succeeds in bringing to life the reality of Scottish patriotism and brilliantly captures the spirit of revolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 25, 2012
Completely honest, and completely eager, and subtle as an iron hammer to the skull.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 14, 2010
Mel Gibson's Oscared, bloody Scottish spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 1, 2008
A vanity project if ever there was one.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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