• Gladiator
    1 minutes 25 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Gladiator Reviews

Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 8, 2014
David Denby
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

January 8, 2014
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 8, 2014
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

January 8, 2014
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 4/4

February 24, 2013
David Edelstein
Slate
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Gladiator's combination of grim sanctimony and drenching, Dolby-ized dismemberings left me appalled.

Full Review Source: Slate

February 24, 2013
David Germain
Associated Press
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Time for a little gladiatorial gore with your Milk Duds. Gladiator is here, and it's big, glorious and eminently dumb.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

February 24, 2013
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Ultimately, Gladiator is an honorable and inoffensive spectacle with nothing extraordinary to recommend it.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 27, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Though the digital effects lack the weight and conviction of their equivalents in old Cecil B. De Mille movies, Ridley Scott's sword-and-sandal epic has some of the intensity of old Hollywood in terms of storytelling, spectacle, and violence.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 6, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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The cast is strong (notably Nielsen as Commodus's vacillating sister, and the late Oliver Reed, unusually endearing as a gladiator owner), the pacing lively, and the sets, swordplay and Scud catapults impressive.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The Roman costume drama, all dressed to the IX's, has taken a long holiday from the big screen.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

March 19, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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A visually astonishing picture that brings script, performance and, alas, displays of violence up to the modern standard.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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| Original Score: B+

January 1, 2000
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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Highly visual entertainment with lots of blood and action.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

January 1, 2000
Robert Horton
Film.com
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Gladiator derides 'entertainment' while hustling like crazy to provide two and a half hours' worth of same. The heroism and the tigers and the epic grandeur all leave behind the flavor of cynicism.

January 1, 2000
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Self-proclaimed 'world-creator' Scott only intermittently obliterates the turgid narrative and mediocre dialogue.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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This is filmmaking on a grand scale.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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The most visually spectacular of all Roman Empire epics.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Gladiator is what championship is all about. Thrilling and exciting, it embraces technical standards of filmmaking rarely anticipated in earlier epics.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

January 1, 2000
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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A truly transporting trip back nearly 2,000 years.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 1, 2000
Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
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Gladiator pours on the usual Caesar dressing.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Gladiator charges into heart pounding battle.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The film looks muddy, fuzzy and indistinct.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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If spectacle, not plot, is your plate of pasta, you'll find Gladiator as much fun as a Roman holiday.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 1, 2000
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Ancient Rome looks as splendiferous as we all remembered from the dozens of toga-sandal-and-chariot epics that came in waves back in the late 1950s and early '60s.

January 1, 2000
Ted Fry
Film.com
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This tale of power and revenge proves that there are still some people in the movie business who know what they're doing.

January 1, 2000
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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This film is the first 'sword-and-sandal' epic since the mid-1960s.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

January 1, 2000
Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
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The movie's production values are peerless.

January 1, 2000
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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With its conspicuous display of prefascist trappings, it says more about our time than about Rome.

January 1, 2000
Sean Means
Film.com
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Gladiator doesn't have enough plot to be a Roman epic ... and too much plot to be a summer action movie.

January 1, 2000
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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A movie that revels in the primal thrill of swords tearing into flesh and blood spraying in huge, arterial gouts.

January 1, 2000
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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Without Russell Crowe's dynamism holding it all together, Gladiator might have devolved into a rash of overblown pandering.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

January 1, 2000
Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
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There's nary a dull moment in the film.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

January 1, 2000
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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A smart movie and sumptuously executed.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

January 1, 2000
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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This Ridley Scott film, his best in years, re-envisions ancient Rome for the aughts and makes it safe to go back in the Colosseum.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Action-packed and passionate.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

January 1, 2000
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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Gladiator suggests what would happen if someone made a movie of the imminent extreme-football league and shot it as if it were a Chanel commercial.

Full Review Source: New York Times

January 1, 2000
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Gladiator is not as nimble outside the arena as inside.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

January 1, 2000
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Gladiator is a canned experience, a film that flails around awkwardly trying to find a reason to exist.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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An exhilarating, sweeping epic that begs to be seen on the largest possible screen.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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Visually stimulating.

January 1, 2000
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Gladiator is one extended guilty pleasure.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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It is undeniably a triumph, muscular and entertaining.

January 1, 2000
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Gladiator is quite a good movie -- a big, fat, rousing, intelligent, daring, retro, many-adjective-requiring entertainment.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

January 1, 2000
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