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Apocalypto (2006)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 196
Fresh: 128 | Rotten: 68

Apocalypto is a brilliantly filmed, if mercilessly bloody, examination of a once great civilization.

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 51
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 21

Apocalypto is a brilliantly filmed, if mercilessly bloody, examination of a once great civilization.

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"Apocalypto" is a heart stopping mythic action-adventure set against the turbulent end times of the once great Mayan civilization. When his idyllic existence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, a man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate and spurred by the power of his love for his woman and his family he will make a desperate break to return home and to ultimately save his way of life.

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics

Farhad Safinia

May 22, 2007

$50.8M

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All Critics (197) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (128) | Rotten (68) | DVD (40)

Apocalypto demonstrates two things: that Mel Gibson is a hell of a filmmaker and that his imaginative world borders on the Neanderthal.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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This is by no means a boring film, then, but it is a grotesque one, and that brings it pretty close to camp.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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As a piece of filmmaking it's certainly strong enough to restore his commercial viability. Whether that's to the good is another question entirely.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: CNN.com | Comments (5)
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[Gibson] has learned how to tell a tale, and to raise a pulse in the telling. You have to admire that basic gift, uncommon as it is in Hollywood these days, though equally you have to ask what obsessions goad it on.

December 11, 2006
New Yorker
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Mel Gibson is a real artist as a director.

December 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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It's unlike any other movie to reach theaters this year and, because it is as visual an experience as it is visceral, it is best seen on a large screen.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (4)
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A quite exciting spectacle based on a racist version of indigenous history, one in which the genocidal conquistadors are the New World's liberators.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Apocalypto isn't simply an effective movie, but an immensely powerful one: a benchmark and a foresight seemingly all rolled into one.

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
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Damn if the movie, through Mel's sheer determination, doesn't almost turn from a fight-n-flight gore fest into a moving meditation on a civilisation in the throes of decline. Almost.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

Ignore Apocalypto's symbolic hubbub and instead view it for Gibson's perverse sense of entertainment. His passionate spectacle of human destruction and doom packs a terrific visceral punch.

November 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Shot with digital camera on location in Mexico, Mel Gibson has created a visually stunning action/adventure epic that although has divided many with its historical accuracy, has spared no expense in bringing life to a world before European colonization.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Nothing if not visceral

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

All in all Apocalypto is probably Gibson's best film to date, because it's almost free of any of Hollywood's tainting.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Mel Gibson follows up "The Passion of the Christ," his entrée into directing schlock B-move horror films with high production values, with an even more gory study into bodily torture and death.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Comments (7)
ColeSmithey.com

The middle of the film, though, finds Gibson at his sadistic best, depicting monumental savagery with a surreal cinematic glee that puts the Apocalypse in Apocalypto.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

What this thing turns out to be is a skimpy action flick.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

If you can get past Mr. Gibson's public persona, Apocalypto is a good, solid action movie.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Any Gibson-haters hoping to see the heart ripped out of his success may well find themselves disappointed by Apocalypto's relative merits.

June 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)
Film4

Apocalypto is a strange but largely entertaining mix of action, bloodletting, chin-rubbing and arthouse trimmings.

June 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

How can we be inspired by the spirit of Jaguar Paw when the film's telling us that people stink and the great cultures of the Americas were the architects of their own demise?

May 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comments (9)
Apollo Guide

Close enough, I suppose, if you want to reduce the entire end of a civilization to a single adventure story.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (5)
Movie Metropolis

If any other director had made the spellbinding, visceral Mayan epic 'Apocalypto,' the film would be championed and unquestionably be discussed in Oscar worthy terms.

May 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Comments (6)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

It's escapism - the world would be a lot safer if good and evil were so clearly defined - and it's something that Mel Gibson proves (once again) that he does very, very well in Apocalypto.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO | Comment (1)

Mel Gibson propone una discutible aproximación a la civilización maya que es, ante todo, un intenso relato de acción y heroísmo.

March 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

To cut to the chase, there should be an NC-17 rating to describe the over-the- top violence in Apocalypto. But the strong of stomach will find an edge-of-your-seat, heart-pounding, technically amazing movie.

March 12, 2007 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
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Audience Reviews for Apocalypto

If the attraction of films is immersion into another reality, this bad boy fills the bill and then some, on steroids. We go to the heart of the South American jungle at the start of the decline of the Mayan civilization, just before the arrival of invading Europeans, and Mel Gibson's evocation of the times puts to shame nearly every historical epic before, very nearly the history lesson of teachers' dreams, and then there's the story of a simple family man trying to survive in a violent world.
Gibson may well be the D.W. Griffith of his time, emboding sensational film making and bad politics simultaneously ... but so what? Hollywood needs to forgive him. I have.
March 28, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

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Rent this -- don't buy it. That way you'll feel less digusted with yourself for seeing a Mel Gibson film. Otherwise, it's excellent.
October 27, 2012
cchclaw

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I was surprised at how much this film has been forgotten. Apocalypto is Mel Gibson's best film. It doesn't look like much at first glance because the trailer is not remotely interesting, and quite dull. But it's actually filled with violence and a great deal of thrills and shocks. It's filmed beautifully, like Passion Of The Christ but has a clearer meaning and a more developed hero. Everything about it is more engaging, affectionate and ironically, more passionate. The environments and set pieces are positively breathtaking and the costume design is absolutely marvelous. I really liked Passion Of The Christ for a lot of reasons but Apocalypto, is Gibson's masterpiece.
May 21, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Although slow and sometimes difficult to understand, this is truly a visual masterpiece with so many brilliant performances it's hard to choose who to credit first. A fantastic voyage of a story which integrates you with these people and allows you to feel part of the gang; but then that's all spoiled by the ending which confuses my sense of time. At first it seems to be of the Mayan era but then the ships come along with a completely different period of clothing. I'm not sure if this was intentional to show that such barbarism was still in full swing in 'modern' times or to just be annoying. Good film though.
January 31, 2012
StarCrossedVoyager

Super Reviewer

    1. Flint Sky: I am Flint Sky. I have hunted this forest from the day I came of age. My father hunted this forest with me and before me. Jaguar Paw, my son. He hunts this forest with me. He will hunt it with his son after I am gone.
    – Submitted by Daniel B (13 months ago)
    1. Jaguar Paw: I'm sorry. The balls are useless.
    – Submitted by Ceara R (2 years ago)
    1. Oracle Girl: You fear me? So you should. All you who are vile. Would you like to know how you will die? The sacred time is near. Beware the blackness of day. Beware the man who brings the jaguar. Behold him reborn from mud and earth. For the one he takes you to will cancel the sky, and scratch out the earth. Scratch you out. And end your world. He's with us now. Day will be like night. And the man jaguar will lead you to your end.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
    1. Jaguar Paw: I am Jaguar Paw. This is my forest. And I am not afraid.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
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