Alexander Reviews

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November 16, 2011
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 26, 2005
By summoning his inner classicist, [director] Stone has made an excruciating disaster for the ages.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 6, 2005
Though the battles have the blood-and-sinew bravado you expect from Oliver Stone, this three-hour buttnumbathon is hamstrung by a hectoring grandiosity, not new to Stone, and a nod toward caution, which is.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 10, 2004
A lunk-headed train wreck that looks like a tag sale in a 323 B.C. supermarket in old Peking.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 10, 2004
At a reported cost of $155 million, Alexander qualifies as a super-spectacle in every respect but one -- namely in its neurotic, confused and sexually ambidextrous hero.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 30, 2004
Sluggish, unsmiling, and almost as limp as the feather fans with which our heroes are gently aerated on their trip to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 30, 2004
It's just a wild, glorious, wacky mess that I found really entertaining.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 26, 2004
Call it Alexander the Grate, because, over the marathon of its three-hour running time, this wonky epic really does get on your nerves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 24, 2004
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 24, 2004
It's boring here and exciting there. And it's almost always goofy.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 24, 2004
Alexander, as expressed through the weepy histrionics of Colin Farrell, is more like a desperate housewife than a soldier.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
November 24, 2004
This is Stone's weakest movie of the past 20 years, and it's unlikely to make any kind of blip.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 24, 2004
Not just a bad movie but a bad movie of truly epic proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 24, 2004
Here's something I never expected to say about a big-budget Oliver Stone film starring Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie and Val Kilmer: It's dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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November 24, 2004
Seems too puny and fragmented for its mighty subject; it feels as if Stone, for the first time in his career, simply ran out of hot air.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 24, 2004
Epic in scale but not epic in spirit, a wallow in carnage that fails to demonstrate what was so great about this conqueror, after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 24, 2004
Stone and his team of screenwriters paint an incomplete picture of the man and those he led.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 24, 2004
As huge a travesty and a bore as 1956's Alexander the Great, in which Richard Burton looked equally uncomfortable as a blond.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 24, 2004
Farrell plays all this as if he means it, but he seems slight in the role and without great physical presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 24, 2004
Often skates dangerously close to camp (less forgiving viewers will find the movie hysterical), but the director's daringness to play things so boldly has a grand appeal of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
November 24, 2004
A thudding bore, when what it should have been is an operatic testament to unchecked ambition.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 24, 2004
Everything we're told about Alexander remains an abstraction, an index-card idea for a character pasted onto Farrell's less-than-mythic presence.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 24, 2004
This is a movie almost totally devoid of feeling or any sense of connection.
| Original Score: D-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 24, 2004
Like its subject, Stone's Alexander travels on gut instinct and ego, but, unlike him, it seems to have little notion of exactly what it wants to conquer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 24, 2004
Disjointed and lacking in thematic clarity, Alexander offers too few of the satisfactions we've come to expect from historical epics.
| Original Score: C
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 24, 2004
Visually dramatic but persistently tepid, Alexander doesn't make a convincing argument for its extravagant resources.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 24, 2004
An ambitious and sincere film that fails to find a focus for its elusive subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2004
Alexander is pulled in so many directions that both Farrell's performance and the character are stretched thin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 23, 2004
Stone rises to his own challenge.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 23, 2004
So misconceived, so shrill, so fetishy is Oliver Stone's epic, so unintentionally hilarious a stew of paganism and Freudianism, that it makes Conan the Barbarian look like Gladiator.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 23, 2004
There's nothing fresh about this plodding endeavor, nowhere it goes that other films have not gone before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
November 23, 2004
Stone's failures with this film are largely honorable, but occasionally he miscalculates and strikes so badly off-key that he seems tone deaf.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
November 23, 2004
Even if it doesn't conquer its world, Stone's Alexander is worth the battle. Like JFK and Fourth of July, it hot-wires history and politics into a wild, memorable, breathtaking ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
November 23, 2004
Alexander has aspirations of greatness, hoping to be christened an intellectual super-spectacle for brainy moviegoers. The sad truth is that it will probably numb more brain cells than it will stimulate.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 23, 2004
Puerile writing, confused plotting and shockingly off-note performances make Oliver Stone's epic film a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
November 23, 2004
An intelligent and ambitious picture that crucially lacks dramatic flair and emotional involvement.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 23, 2004
A long, lumpy trip with a charismatic guide and some brilliant detours.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
November 23, 2004
Despite a budget reportedly north of $150 million, Stone fails to make war on an epic scale, preferring to allow Alexander to talk the world to death.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 23, 2004
Oliver Stone's biopic of Alexander the Great is spectacular, earnest and a bit of a yawn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 23, 2004
This movie does everything to the max.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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November 23, 2004
A ponderous death march of a story that seemingly never ends.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 23, 2004
A sprawling epic that truly sprawls.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 23, 2004
I respect Stone as a filmmaker, but this movie is punishment rather than entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
November 23, 2004
Stone seems to identify with the slaughterer general, in whatever era he's in.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 22, 2004
The storytelling is so ham-fisted as to induce titters.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 21, 2004
Although some aspects of Oliver Stone's sword-and-sandals epic are worthy of mention (and even praise), they are dwarfed by the missteps and examples of bad judgment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4