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Braveheart Reviews

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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
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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.
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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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Pure hokum.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Though the film dawdles a bit with the shimmery, dappled love stuff involving Wallace with a Scottish peasant and a French princess, the action will pin you to your seat.
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
As a filmmaker, [Gibson] lacks the epic gift, but the movie, scripted by Randall (no relation) Wallace, works on a fairly basic level as a hiss-the-English medieval Western.
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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
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Sean Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Gibson's raw energy and storytelling power in Braveheart are undeniable. If the film doesn't meet his ambitions, it's because he set the bar so high.
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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
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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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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A rambling disappointment.
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Caryn James
New York Times
January 1, 2000
One of the most spectacular entertainments in years.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
[Gibson] has created a completely adequate modern facsimile of the classic romantic epic.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Though lumpy and even redundant, Braveheart constantly rebounds on some bold note.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 26, 1995
It takes a real star to make suffering this sexy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-