Gladiator Reviews

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David Stratton
sbs.com.au
February 25, 2015
The journey of Maximus, from triumph on the battlefield through despair and degradation in slavery and then to a final epiphany in the Colosseum is an exciting one - and Russell Crowe plays the character with considerable toughness and authority.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
February 25, 2015
Gladiator has the distinction of being both timely and nostalgic.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Derek Malcolm
Screen International
February 24, 2015
This may be fundamentally Saturday night entertainment, but Scott attempts rather more than that on occasion, and at least succeeds in creating a memorable sense of a dark and often frightening period of time.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 22, 2015
Throughout it all, Crowe maintains a tough, slot-mouthed reticence; he is very persuasive as the superman of the Colosseum.
Alexander Walker
This is London
February 22, 2015
In Russell Crowe, Scott has found an actor who can carry this movie the way Atlas was supposed to carry the globe of the world on his back -- in Crowe's case without stooping.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 22, 2015
Gladiator is a triumph. On the surface, it's a terrific yarn with strong, rounded characters, agonizing suspense and visceral thrills. Look closer and you'll find rich historical themes, and a harrowing critique of violence as amusement.
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
February 22, 2015
Crowe is perfect for the role, creating a character that will quickly gain your sympathies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Richard von Busack
MetroActive
February 22, 2015
Gladiator is a remarkable spectacle of unforgivable length.
Megan Spencer
Triple J
February 22, 2015
Despite its big battle scenes and epic craftsmanship, Ridley Scott's Gladiator lacks the spirit and the true heart of a legendary epic; revisit Spartacus and Ben Hur on video for the real McCoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 22, 2015
Crowe confirms his position as one of the best star character actors around.
Randall King
Jam! Movies
February 22, 2015
By emphasizing big battles and spilled blood, Scott banks on the hope the movie audience will be no more discerning than the Colosseum's screaming mob.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 8, 2014
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.
Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun
January 8, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
January 8, 2014
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.
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
January 8, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
January 8, 2014
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.
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David Denby
New Yorker
January 8, 2014
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.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
January 8, 2014
If there's a soft spot in your heart for the sword-&-sandal epic, then you'll swoon with giddy delight over Gladiator.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 8, 2014
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.

Total Film
February 24, 2013
This is visceral film-making at its finest, painted on the grandest of canvases, and yet, one which maintains the finest eye for detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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