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
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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
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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

Film4
February 20, 2008
Braveheart is a finely made, genuine modern epic.
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Jack Kroll
Newsweek
January 28, 2008
Braveheart looks like a true epic -- even if it is both bloody and bloody long.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
January 28, 2008
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.
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
December 25, 2007
With a sweeping look, lots of emotion, a classic hero, occasionally corny dialogue and forced romances, Braveheart is a flawed classic.
February 10, 2007
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.
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