There's some good stuff here -- far more than one would think, considering the source -- but it never quite puts it all together.
| Original Score: C+
The American Revolution - in comic book form.
| Original Score: 7/10
A grand yarn with a sense of the weight of history and an awareness that the winners are often those who have lost the most.
Deserves a salute as the first Hollywood epic about the American Revolution to successfully blend ferocity and feeling.
It's a cornball epic, but it sweeps you along against your better judgment.
I would like to say to Devlin and Emmerich that they have hereby been forgiven for Godzilla.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
See it, enjoy it, and try not to think too hard about what might have been.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
I enjoyed the strength and conviction of Gibson's performance, the sweep of the battle scenes, and the absurdity of the British caricatures.
| Original Score: 3/4
Huge, handsome and compelling in scope, but also, unfortunately, convoluted and historically inaccurate -- not to mention looong.
| Original Score: B-
As long as it stays on the battlefield, The Patriot is a brutishly compelling broad-canvas entertainment.
Watching this movie is like watching fireworks in some grandly appointed public place.
It's for the consumers of delicious Made In America hokum.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The Patriot approaches the grandeur of the better John Ford films, echoing the master's blend of action, humor, sentiment and patriotic idealism.
| Original Score: 8/10
Simply looks amazing from the first frame to the last.
While it's easy to sound cynical in describing this paint-by-numbers plot, The Patriot is, by and large, well-made and enjoyable.
The Patriot is a huge, bloody, 2-hour-and-40-minute battle epic, lavishly appointed and beautifully shot.
The look and premise of a South Carolina farmer should be far enough away from the tartans and kilts of Scotland that this film will be able to stand ably on its own in the public's eye.
Gibson is the main draw, and he provides ample reason for that with an on-fire performance that exceeds the limitations of the material.
This isn't just some ordinary war movie.
| Original Score: 4/5
Gibson has proven he can do this kind of stuff with his eyes closed and he is rounded out by a fine supporting cast.
| Original Score: 3/5