Braveheart Reviews

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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.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
[The film is] well-intentioned and ambitious, but is disappointingly flawed.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
January 4, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Pure hokum.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
March 27, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A rambling disappointment.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
Everybody knows that a non-blubbering clause is standard in all movie stars' contracts. Too bad there isn't one banning self-indulgence when they direct.
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Only the business of battle brings forth rousing adventure -- and buckets of blood. For the most part, the direction and violence are excessive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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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Paula Nechak
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Braveheart opts to turn cowardly, settling for the magnification of Gibson's idol status, forfeiting the complex, more nebulous magnificence of the real Sir William Wallace and virtually excising the strategic brilliance of Robert The Bruce.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
At times the film seems an obsessive ode to Mel Gibson machismo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
An action epic with the spirit of the Hollywood swordplay classics and the grungy ferocity of The Road Warrior.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
With its clashing armies, heartstopping action, and grand sense of romance, this is the sort of film it's a pleasure to see and review.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
For pure, blood-soaked "guy flick" grandeur, few movies can touch this one.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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