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Braveheart Reviews

February 24, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2014
In addition to staging battle scenes well, Gibson also manages to recreate the filth and mood of 700 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2014
Mel Gibson throws his whole heart into a role. No one acts with more conviction, and his errors are honest ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 24, 2014
Braveheart has a gut-wrenching, bone-breaking, sword-thwacking verve.
February 24, 2014
Many movies deal with battlefield heroics. Few seriously attempt to define heroism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 24, 2013
In this mix of historical tragedy and hip adventure, Gibson may be as galvanic a movie swashbuckler as Errol Flynn and Burt Lancaster were in their day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 24, 2013
The political argument that ensues is pretty dull, but the battle scenes are the loudest and most convincing in years: Gibson has learned from Kurosawa in lending a clarifying thrust to what is, essentially, chaos.
January 28, 2008
Braveheart looks like a true epic -- even if it is both bloody and bloody long.
January 28, 2008
A huge, bloody and sprawling epic, Braveheart is the sort of massive vanity piece that would be easy to disparage if it didn't essentially deliver.
February 9, 2006
Pure hokum.
May 12, 2001
Though the film dawdles a bit with the shimmery, dappled love stuff involving Wallace with a Scottish peasant and a French princess, the action will pin you to your seat.
February 13, 2001
As a filmmaker, [Gibson] lacks the epic gift, but the movie, scripted by Randall (no relation) Wallace, works on a fairly basic level as a hiss-the-English medieval Western.
January 1, 2000
Braveheart opts to turn cowardly, settling for the magnification of Gibson's idol status, forfeiting the complex, more nebulous magnificence of the real Sir William Wallace and virtually excising the strategic brilliance of Robert The Bruce.
January 1, 2000
At times the film seems an obsessive ode to Mel Gibson machismo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Gibson's raw energy and storytelling power in Braveheart are undeniable. If the film doesn't meet his ambitions, it's because he set the bar so high.
January 1, 2000
With its clashing armies, heartstopping action, and grand sense of romance, this is the sort of film it's a pleasure to see and review.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
An action epic with the spirit of the Hollywood swordplay classics and the grungy ferocity of The Road Warrior.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
A rambling disappointment.
January 1, 2000
One of the most spectacular entertainments in years.
January 1, 2000
[Gibson] has created a completely adequate modern facsimile of the classic romantic epic.
January 1, 2000
Though lumpy and even redundant, Braveheart constantly rebounds on some bold note.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Everybody knows that a non-blubbering clause is standard in all movie stars' contracts. Too bad there isn't one banning self-indulgence when they direct.
May 26, 1995
It takes a real star to make suffering this sexy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-