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Gladiator (2000)

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76

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 173
Fresh: 132 | Rotten: 41

Ridley Scott and an excellent cast successfully convey the intensity of Roman gladitorial combat as well as the political intrigue brewing beneath.

69

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 14

Ridley Scott and an excellent cast successfully convey the intensity of Roman gladitorial combat as well as the political intrigue brewing beneath.

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A man robbed of his name and his dignity strives to win them back, and gain the freedom of his people, in this epic historical drama from director Ridley Scott. In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus (Russell Crowe) is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) ascends to the throne, Maximus is set to be executed. He

Nov 21, 2000

$187.3M

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Gladiator is filled with brilliant filmmaking and features outstanding performances, but it's neither profound enough nor pop enough to be great -- it's mournful, serious, beautiful and, finally, pointless.

January 8, 2014 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Ridley Scott thrusts us so close to the combat that all we see is a lot of whirling and thrashing, a sword thrust here and there, a spurt of blood, a limb severed. There's hardly a scene that is cleanly and coherently staged in open space.

January 8, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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If there's a soft spot in your heart for the sword-&-sandal epic, then you'll swoon with giddy delight over Gladiator.

January 8, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Crowe doesn't use tricks in this role to court our approval. He earns it the old-fashioned way, by daring to be quiet, if not silent, and intensely, implacably strong.

January 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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The fusion of the ancient and the modern -- even to the point of some sly echoes of our own sports-mad society -- is seamless. Gladiator does indeed deliver the glory that was Rome, but it also clinically dissects the assumptions on which it was built.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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In the end, Gladiator is overdrawn and too insubstantial for its own good, just like the old days, but it satisfies as entertainment on a grand scale.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Gladiator, well cast and impressively staged, is every inch the summer blockbuster it intends to be. It's also something more. Amid the action and intrigue, director Scott makes a few points about blockbuster-style entertainment.

January 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Rather than getting lost in the world Scott has created on screen, Scott asks filmgoers to marvel at how he created that world, and how smoothly he succeeds in manipulating us.

January 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Moviegoers may not have been pining for such spectacles since speeding chariots last rumbled through theaters in 1959's Ben-Hur and 1960's Spartacus, but the juiced-up Gladiator proves there's still plenty of grappa left in the genre.

January 8, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

For those old enough to remember the 70mm epics of yesteryear, this is a nostalgic synthesis of all of them. For those who haven't seen those earlier movies, Scott will open their eyes to a "brand-new" old world.

January 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

This is visceral film-making at its finest, painted on the grandest of canvases, and yet, one which maintains the finest eye for detail.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

While Crowe's acting is certainly more subtle than most of the brouhaha around him, he has little chance to display the affecting humanity that's one of his chief assets.

February 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Really excellent but really violent Oscar winner.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Russell Crowe is as believable a Spaniard here as Charlton Heston was a Mexican in "Touch of Evil." But director Ridley Scott took greater interest in entwining an empire's intrigue with its people's turmoil than emphasizing bread-and-circus brutality.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

...stirring action, good performances, and a plethora of visual delights.

July 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The brutality has such a mythical grandeur that it occasionally resembles beauty.

May 10, 2010 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Comment (1)
LarsenOnFilm

Beefcake! Blood! Body slams! Boring! Boring? Well, not quite, but at 150 minutes, "Gladiator" isn't entirely the thrilling, action-packed Roman epic some fans of the genre were expecting.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Epic cinema is back.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Gladiator

An masterfully constructed epic concerning a general (Russell Crowe) of the Roman Army, next in line to be emperor thanks to his strong relationship to the current one (Richard Harris), before he is murdered in cold blood by his own son (Joaquin Phoenix) and the son sells the general into slavery after brutally murdering his family. The general becomes a gladiator, rising up through the rankings focused on enacting revenge on the emperor, and thus becoming a power political piece the newly crowned Caesar can not kill due to his popularity with the people of Rome. A soaring epic that nails almost everything right, with fantastic performances from Crowe and Phoenix that helped make them the movie stars they are now. This is a special, unique movie about the Roman empire and the way Scott captures it is utterly thrilling.
April 6, 2014
Dan Schultz

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Tell me, what made you think I was not entertained, let alone moved?

Full review coming to themoviefreakblog.com on 9/1
August 6, 2013
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July 22, 2013
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Most films require that the viewer identifies with the character to truly be engrossed with the film. If you can't feel something for the character, than the audience is lost.

Luckily, in Ridley Scott's case, Russel Crowe is so captivating and convincing as a general loved by his troops and as a slave loved by the people that the movie really works. Possibly one of the greatest actors today, Crowe carries this epic film on his very capable shoulders.

Not to say that he is the only reason this works. The supporting cast, most notably Connie Neilsen, buoy the film to new perspectives.

Jacquin Phoenix definitely captures the egotisitcal persona he should display, stealing every scene he's in. Phoenix will surely be put on the map with Gladiator.

But the real shining star in this film are the incredible action sequences which jolt the viewer right in with the opening sequences, as Maximus' true worth to the Roman Empire is displayed. Scott's camera work within these completed sequences takes a modern twist that really works for the gruesome scenes.

Crowe will now get the respect he deserves for this collosal performance. Gladiator makes the most of its 2 and a half hours, marking a triumphant comeback for the long forgotten epics of the classic days of film. ALL HAIL MAXIMUS! 3 Stars 6-22-2000
June 28, 2013
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    1. Proximo: And the great whore will suckle us until we are fat and happy and can suckle no more.
    – Submitted by Akheel K (17 months ago)
    1. Maximus: Brothers, what we do in life echoes in eternity.
    – Submitted by Akheel K (17 months ago)
    1. Proximo: You should see the Colosseum Spaniard. Fifty-thousand Romans watching every movement of your sword, willing you to make that killer blow. The silence before you strike and the noise afterwards. It rises. It rises up like a storm. As if you were the thunder god himself.
    – Submitted by The Vinh H (18 months ago)
    1. Maximus: My name is Gladiator
    – Submitted by Joe B (19 months ago)
    1. Proximo: Gladiators... I salute you.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (21 months ago)
    1. Juba: I will see you again, but not yet. Not yet.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (24 months ago)
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