Braveheart

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Distractingly violent and historically dodgy, Mel Gibson's Braveheart justifies its epic length by delivering enough sweeping action, drama, and romance to match its ambition.

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Tells the story of the legendary thirteenth century Scottish hero named William Wallace (Mel Gibson). Wallace rallies the Scottish against the English monarch and Edward I (Peter Hanly) after he suffers a personal tragedy by English soldiers. Wallace gathers a group of amateur warriors that is stronger than any English army.

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Mel Gibson
William Wallace
Sophie Marceau
Princess Isabelle
Patrick McGoohan
Longshanks - King Edward I
Catherine McCormack
Murron MacClannough
Brendan Gleeson
Hamish Campbell
David O'Hara
Stephen, Irish Fighter
Angus Macfadyen
Robert the Bruce
Peter Hanly
Prince Edward
James Robinson
Young William Wallace
Dean Lopata
Associate Producer
Stephen McEveety
Executive Producer
Elisabeth Robinson
Associate Producer
James Horner
Original Music
John Toll
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Critic Reviews for Braveheart

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (64) | Rotten (18)

  • Braveheart is a big, strapping medieval sword-and-arrow movie with more fighting than romance, a surprising abundance of lush and sensuous imagery considering its brutal strife, and Gibson fiercely inciting it to stand up and march.

    April 27, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jay Carr

    Boston Globe
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  • In the absence of satisfying moral dilemmas, Braveheart is an action film with an unhappy ending rather than the tragedy it would like to be.

    March 1, 2018 | Full Review…
  • As the star of the new, epic-scaled Braveheart, Gibson celebrates yet another man of selfless valor. And as its director, he displays some daring of his own.

    February 24, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A lavish, entertaining spectacle full of manly men, dastardly villains, rousing battles and women who easily see Mel's hero potential through all that messy hair.

    February 24, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • In addition to staging battle scenes well, Gibson also manages to recreate the filth and mood of 700 years ago.

    February 24, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Mel Gibson throws his whole heart into a role. No one acts with more conviction, and his errors are honest ones.

    February 24, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Braveheart

  • Sep 18, 2015
    One of if not the best Mel Gibson film starred and directed, In this near 3 hour film we expect some down time but in the first 30 minutes we have no real plot just a love story, But when it ends in tragedy finally the film starts, With some great very realistic battle scenes and for a while it's just battle scenes, Then betrayal happens and we have down time but we are so sucked into the story by then it's gripping and emotional, Mel Gibson was fantastic with his acting and directing, He made the filthy gritty 13th century come alive, My only downfall is it's too long and bum numbing but it's a classic and a must watch before you die.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2015
    An engaging and romantic historical fantasy epic -- one that has a tie to the personal and feels sincere.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2013
    "Every man dies, not every man really lives." The Academy Award winning war epic Braveheart is an extraordinary film that set a new bar for the genre. The story follows a Scottish peasant named William Wallace who's pushed into leading a rebellion against the tyranny of English rule when his wife is murdered. Starring Mel Gibson, Patrick McGoohan, Sophie Marceau, and Brendan Gleeson, the film has a strong cast that delivers outstanding performances. Additionally, the battle sequences are remarkably gritty and violent, which adds to the authentic tone of the film. And, composer James Horner provides a sweeping and majestic score that's incredibly powerful. A groundbreaking film, Braveheart does an exceptional job at depicting both the valor and the horror of war.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 04, 2013
    I could still remember on how reposeful I am while watching this movie. It's music sips through my ear, enters me, moved me, and almost tear me up. 'Braveheart' managed to sweep through with romance, drama and war. An undeniably immense picture, it is one of few epics that could possibly move millions. The film grabbed five academy awards including best picture. In my personal opinion, the most memorable element of 'Braveheart' is it's music, which was being composed by the talented James Horner. I have to admit that I am slightly puzzled with it; at times it feels like a genuine Scottish music, but also at the same time it feels like a plain modern music, but either way it is beautiful. I am going to put aside any sense of familiarity here, but whenever the music is being played, my love for this film grows. Also, I honestly believe that if this charming music is absent, the picture would not be so memorable. Acting performances are good, but not outstanding. Patrick McGoohan's work for this film did hold my attention. He played the main villain of the story named King Edward "Longshanks". Surely, what excites me was his approach for the character; a cool, quiet, and methodically behaved, and at the same time, a cold and violent human being. He might be labelled as coward or a hypocrite, but assuredly, this "Longshanks" character is a pretty good villain. The film has great cinematography too. Shots are so subtle and are near perfection. Hands down, the movie is being effectively photographed. Battle sequences are so well executed, and one fact that I massively admire about this film is that there is no CGI involved. Unlike some modern war films, fighting scenes are so believable and engaging, and yes, realism is there. Absolutely, these mentioned praises would be missing without Mel Gibson's precious direction. A major let-down would be the inconsistency which lies in the contents of the story. I would be reluctant to mention specifically on which part of the plot is flawed, but they are simply too abrupt, unbelievable and most importantly, overly dramatic. It tastes like it's storyline is being shifted away from the right track. 'Braveheart' is one of those few films that is so ambitious and sets it's bar so high, and delivered. Handsomely mounted, 'Braveheart' is positively one of the most memorable films of 1990s. [3/4]
    Alex D Super Reviewer

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