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Apocalypto Reviews

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Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews

A quite exciting spectacle based on a racist version of indigenous history, one in which the genocidal conquistadors are the New World's liberators.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews

July 18, 2014
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

Apocalypto isn't simply an effective movie, but an immensely powerful one: a benchmark and a foresight seemingly all rolled into one.

Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org | Original Score: 4/4

October 22, 2013
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

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.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Original Score: 3/5

November 7, 2012
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: B+

November 6, 2010
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

July 6, 2010
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Nothing if not visceral

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 28, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 29, 2009
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C

April 24, 2009
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

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.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 23, 2009
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

July 23, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

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

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2007
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Apocalypto demonstrates two things: that Mel Gibson is a hell of a filmmaker and that his imaginative world borders on the Neanderthal.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

June 29, 2007
Anton Bitel
Film4

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

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 12, 2007

Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

June 5, 2007
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

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?

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 70/100

May 20, 2007
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 5/10

May 11, 2007
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: A

May 8, 2007

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.

Full Review Source: UGO

March 24, 2007
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

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

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 3/5

March 12, 2007
Emily S. Mendel
culturevulture.net

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.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

March 12, 2007
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