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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
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
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


Braveheart is a finely made, genuine modern epic.

Full Review Source: Film4

February 20, 2008
Jack Kroll
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Braveheart looks like a true epic -- even if it is both bloody and bloody long.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

January 28, 2008
Brian Lowry
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 28, 2008
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

With a sweeping look, lots of emotion, a classic hero, occasionally corny dialogue and forced romances, Braveheart is a flawed classic.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

December 25, 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.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts

February 10, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

A massive, sweaty, frequently silly epic that nevertheless delivers enough brute pleasure to pass a rainy afternoon.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

February 5, 2007
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