The Patriot Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 26, 2013
has its moments
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Many graphic battle scenes, not for all teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
September 12, 2007
While his hero is conscience-stricken about killing, Emmerich sure enjoys serving it up in generous helpings.
| Original Score: C
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
August 1, 2007
A big-budget epic of the American Revolution, with Mel Gibson, of all people, leading the charge.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
Bloody, overlong and straining for significance ...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
July 14, 2004
Often melodramatic and manipulative but it is solid, involving filmmaking so one willingly takes the ride it offers.
| Original Score: 4/5
Randall King
Jam! Movies
July 14, 2004
It's the plot that's hackneyed.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 30, 2003
The Patriot is best when it focuses on Gibson. Unfortunately, half the time it focuses on Ledger.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
It's the best film ever made about the Revolutionary War.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Strick
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
The main irony, of course, lies in the film's title, which suggests that the absurdly flag-waving activist should be taken at face value despite the ample evidence that defending his country is the last thing on his mind.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
It's a spectacular, well-made epic that I just could not enjoy -- at least not after the first hour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
It's near sadistic how the film has him going though so much tragedy and self-questioning, but Gibson delivers emotionally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Emmerich's battle scenes may look authentic to anyone who has ever stared hard at a history book, but in every other way the film is long, empty and bogus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 10, 2002
By the time Martin begins waving around a gigantic American flag to rally his supporters for one last clash, the film has become so mechanical and jingoistic you might just as well be watching "Declaration of Independence Day."
Luis Martinez
June 3, 2002
La película está muy bien realizada, pero, por desgracia está realizada al más puro estilo Hollywood.
| Original Score: 8/10
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
O filme apresenta claros indícios de que Roland Emmerich está amadurecendo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 8, 2002
Its convictions may be half-baked, but it has the courage of them.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
A stunning-looking, undeniably compelling but empty-headed shoot 'em up.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 22, 2002
Make no mistake about it: The Patriot is a cartoon, even if it does have real people playing the parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alex Keen
November 3, 2001 honest depiction of warfare that focuses on characters and symbols.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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