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November 1, 2016
In Scotland, 1713, Robert Roy MacGregor (Liam Neeson) is the Chief of Clan MacGregor. Providing the Lowland gentry with protection against cattle rustling, he barely manages to feed his people. Hoping to alleviate their poverty, MacGregor borrows Ģ1,000 from James Graham, Marquess of Montrose (John Hurt) in order to trade cattle. Impoverished London aristocrat Archibald Cunningham (Tim Roth) has been sent to stay with Montrose, who it is implied is related to him, as his debaucheries have become a problem back in England. Cunningham learns about MacGregor's loan from Montrose's factor, Killearn (Brian Cox) and murders MacGregor's retainer Alan MacDonald (Eric Stoltz) to steal the money. MacGregor requests time from Montrose to find MacDonald and the money. Montrose offers to waive the debt if MacGregor will testify falsely that Montrose's rival John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll (Andrew Keir) is a Jacobite. MacGregor refuses and Montrose vows to imprison him in the tolbooth until the debt is repaid, but MacGregor flees, briefly taking Cunningham hostage. Montrose decides to seize MacGregor's land to cover the debt, declaring him an outlaw and orders Cunningham to bring him in "broken, but not dead". Rob is forced into a Robin Hood lifestyle to defend his family and honour...

Roger Ebert, writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, opined, "This is a splendid, rousing historical adventure, an example of what can happen when the best direction, acting, writing and technical credits are brought to bear on what might look like shopworn material." Ebert said the film's outline could have led to "yet another tired" historical epic, but he found that the director was able to produce "intense character studies". The critic applauded Tim Roth's performance, calling it "crucial" to the film's success. Ebert was also impressed by the climactic sword fighting scene and called it "one of the great action sequences in movie history". In The New York Times, Janet Maslin gave a mixed review of the film. She complained of the film's "long, dry stretches" and that the "plot [was] too ponderous and uninteresting for the film's visual sweep". Maslin said one of the film's saving graces was the "robust" presence of Liam Neeson, taller than those who played his enemies, and his character's charismatic exchange with Jessica Lange's character, writing, "Rob Roy is best watched for local color and for its hearty, hot-blooded stars." Maslin acknowledged that Neeson was "a far cry from the dour-looking Scottish drover who was the real Rob Roy" and said that the film failed to convey the figure's importance to audiences. The critic highlighted the scene of Cunningham raping Mary as one of the film's "strongest scenes" which was appropriately responded to by the "cowboy justice" of Neeson's lonesome and avenging Rob Roy.[

Michael Caton-Jones's Scottish costume drama and period piece is based on Sir Walter Scottīs novel with the same name and the focus is on honor, dishonor, family values, love and hatred. I think "Rob Roy" is a fine piece of drama adventure and historic film. The lavish and atmospheric environments in the Scottish Highlands, the superb acting from Liam Neeson, John Hurt, Tim Roth, Brian Cox, Eric Stoltz and Jessica Lange, the intriguing storyline based on real events and characters, the solid direction from Michael Caton-Jones and the fine cinematography makes "Rob Roy" a pure joy to watch. Liam Neeson breathes life into Robert Roy MacGregor with heroism and passion while Tim Roth is oh so good as the liar, rapist, thief and murderer Archibald Cunningham. He truly brings his A-game for this evil role. Thereīs two scenes that really stands out for me. The rape scene of Mary that is truly strong and emotional and the fantastic final sword duel between Rob and Archibald. You become drawn into the picture and the story and you canīt help but long to see the Scottish Highlands by your own eyes.
February 20, 2016
Though not original, Rob Roy is still amazing from its music and amazing sword fights from Tim Roth. What a Douche!
½ February 8, 2016
Handling livestock and ill-tempered villains, Liam Neeson plays the Scottish farmer Rob Roy who sinks into his role in this seventeenth century drama adventure. This film was pretty entertaining, especially with Tim Roth playing the villain Cunningham. His portrayal of the aristocrat is despicable, slimy, and downright a hateful character. Well done Tim! I swear when I saw him in "Reservoir Dogs" (1992) and I could have sworn he was an American! This guy has a rare talent of accents. Liam Neeson, not so much. I know he's Northern Irish, but his Scottish accent did not convince me at all. It was very distracting.

One thing about this movie that I wasn't so excited about is it mirrors another Scottish highland period film titled "Braveheart" (1995) that came out the same year. I know I'm supposed to focus on the movie in this review, but I can't help but compare "Rob Roy" to "Braveheart". You have a farmer whose wife gets assaulted, his enemies burn his village, and he seeks vengeance and leads a revolt against the English. They're the same movie, except "Braveheart's" better. As a movie in whole, "Rob Roy" falls a little short in it's plot and doesn't have good pacing at some points. I wasn't sure what was happening in the film half of the time. It just didn't appeal to me. Nevertheless, this is a good film that deserves a look at. Don't expect to see blue face paint when you hear the Scottish accents.
½ November 8, 2015
Neeson is boss, Roth sucks
½ September 6, 2015
Good ole Scottish swashbuckling that has great character, good fights and a nice happy ending. You gotta love that stuff.
½ April 26, 2015
A tad boring and tedious but Jessica Lange, John Hurt, and Tim Roth make it worth your time. Great costumes, score, sound, and hair design
March 28, 2015
Entertaining little drama/thriller.
February 27, 2015
One of my 'once a year movies'.
February 27, 2015
The problem with Scottish History is that it is largely a work of fiction. Scotland was re-branded by the Victorians to promote it as a tourist destination for the aspiring English middle classes. So that everything that has passed since is mostly fiction.

Rob Roy was an educated Clan Chief who spoke French and Latin, but that would be a dull tale so we have this Rob Roy in a "Haggis Western".

Neeson's accent is a real as any other part of this made for a fast buck romp in the heather. Its a tartan shortbread box of one dimensional characters cashing in on a romanticised history - its McDisney with cheese and kilts.
February 23, 2015
Rob Roy has a particular set of skills that make him a nightmare for fops: He's an ace with a flintlock pistol, a claymore. He's not afraid to bite a dude or hide in the belly of a rotting cow. While this movie doesn't have the epic battle scenes promoting Scotch nationalism, it still outshines Braveheart in a lot of ways especially on the acting front. Tim Roth was nominated for best supporting actor, and deservedly so. He's a venomous snake disguised as a whimsical fop. He kills dogs, rapes wives and disregards the women who love him. The line that defines him is "Love is a dunghill...and I am but a cock that climbs upon it to crow."
This movie features one of the more lengthy rape scenes in modern cinema, however that moment serves an importance for the further motives, and churns out a great character arch for Jessica Lange. The vengeful climax of broadsword vs. rapier is the main attraction here. Sure Liam's taken back his daughter, swordfought against Darth Maul and Bruce Wayne, but I feel that this is Neeson's most triumphant battle. Watch and see for yourself, it's well worth your time to check out this romantic, underrated gem.
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January 2, 2015
A movie with much similar scenes / environments like Braveheart but not in the same level. It has more drama and less action scenes but a quite decent story and a well made movie overall. Great actors like Liam Neeson etc.. If u like adventure movies this one is worth seeing.
November 26, 2014
Everyone is AMAZING in this movie. I hated, hated, hated, hated Tim Roth's character. Chilling. Great ending!!!
½ August 5, 2014
A film that could have very easily turned into a sappy exercise, were it not for its superb cast who bring both credibility and compassion to their roles.
April 5, 2014
This is a very entertaining film based upon a novel. Liam Neeson is Rob Roy a man who lives in the Scottish highlands and he requests a Ģ1000 loan to make a profit on livestock so that his people can survive another harsh winter but it is stolen by villainous Cunningham (Tim Roth) and with Roy now unwilling to repay after his money stolen and best friend murdered he becomes a fugitive leading to attacks on Roys homeland and forcing his hand to a final showdown. It is excellently made and Neeson makes a great hero as hes shown in his recent past. Highly underrated period film that is highly recommended
February 22, 2014
Once you get past the unnecessary sexual innuendo of the first 30 mins you have a reasonable historical revenge film with a great unexpected performance from Tim Roth.
½ January 6, 2014
A film so beautiful that it's difficult to look away. This movie here shows that Tim Roth is a natural born villain, hence he keeps getting villainous roles. Also this foreshadows Liam Neeson's future action star career. Very good movie.
½ December 30, 2013
Coming out the same year as Braveheart, Liam Neesson stars in this Scottish epic where he tries to obtain a loan for his town and he instead gets into a messy situation where they trick one of his guards to take the money and they steal it back. Tim Roth is a great villain here, he's the kind of person you love to hate and just relishes every moment of his villainy. This could have been good, but the story is a little too simple for something that felt like it should have had a more epic story. It is long and seems to be weirdly paced. The accents are dodgy in spots. Could have been good, there's a lot of talent here but that doesn't make a good movie.
November 22, 2013
The movie Braveheart could have been
½ August 23, 2013
Tim Roth delivers one, if not the most evil villains in film history! All cast is performing well. Stunning imagery. Lovely music. Great story.
½ August 20, 2013
A fantastic tale of honour and betrayal about a dude with an awesome first name.
As much a tale about family and a way of life as it is about greed, and the ever powerful hand of the upper class and its ability somehow to squash those beneath them.
Just when the little guy seems to be making good on his life and the lives of those around him, someone seems opportunity and being truly cuthroat, ruins the life of not one or two, but of many many people.
Just goest to show you... trust no one.
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