The Patriot (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Patriot (2000)



Critic Consensus: The Patriot can be entertaining to watch, but it relies too much on formula and melodrama.

Movie Info

Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the director/producer team responsible for such sci-fi blockbusters as Independence Day, Stargate, and Godzilla, take a step back in time with this drama set during the American Revolution. Farmer Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) was born and raised in South Carolina, and fought bravely during the French-Indian wars. But since the death of his wife, Benjamin has renounced violence and quietly tends his crops, raising his seven children alone. In 1776, over Benjamin's objections, his oldest son Gabriel (Heath Ledger) joins the fight against the British. Gabriel returns from battle seriously wounded, with Lord General Cornwallis (Tom Wilkinson) calling for his arrest. A skirmish breaks out on Benjamin's plantation, and one of his children is killed as Gabriel is captured by Col. Tavington (Jason Isaacs) and sentenced to hang. Benjamin sets aside his vow of pacifism and rescues Gabriel; with the help of his former comrade-in-arms Harry Burwell (Chris Cooper), the father and son form a regiment of Carolina patriots whose cunning and ruthlessness make them heroes among the colonists -- and wanted men by British troops. Loosely adapted from the true story of Francis Marion and filmed on location in South Carolina, The Patriot was the first feature film made with the cooperation of the Smithsonian Institute, who advised the producers on historical accuracy. Joely Richardson also stars as Charlotte, Benjamin's sister-in-law who helps him care for the children. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R (for strong war violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Rodat
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 25, 2006
Box Office: $2.3M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


Mel Gibson
as Benjamin Martin
Heath Ledger
as Gabriel Martin
Joely Richardson
as Charlotte Selton
Jason Isaacs
as Col. William Tavingt...
Chris Cooper
as Col. Harry Burwell
Rene Auberjonois
as Rev. Oliver
Tcheky Karyo
as Jean Villeneuve
Tom Wilkinson
as Gen. Cornwallis
Lisa Brenner
as Anne Howard
Donal Logue
as Dan Scott
Leon Rippy
as John Billings
Adam Baldwin
as Capt. Wilkins
Joey D. Vieira
as Peter Howard
Gregory Smith
as Thomas Martin
Mika Boorem
as Margaret Martin
Trevor Morgan
as Nathan Martin
Bryan Chafin
as Samuel Martin
Logan Lerman
as William Martin
Mary Jo Deschanel
as Mrs. Howard
Jamieson K. Price
as Capt. Bordon
Peter Woodward
as Brig. Gen. O'Hara
Grahame Wood
as Redcoat Lieutenant
Hank Stone
as Rollins
Kirk Fox
as Skunk
Mark Twogood
as Danvers
Terry Layman
as General George Washi...
Shannon Eubanks
as Mrs. Simms
Bill Roberson
as Loyalist Simms
Andy Stahl
as General Greene
Kanin J. Howell
as Postrider
Mark Jeffrey Miller
as Wounded Continental
Zach Hanner
as British Field Office...
Dara Coleman
as Redcoat Sergeant No....
Randell Haynes
as Patriot Middleton
John Storey
as Cowpens Militiaman
Greg Good
as Cowpens Militiaman
John F. Dzencelowcz ...
as Continental Soldier
John Curran
as Redcoat Sergeant No....
Kyle Richard Engels
as Billings' Son
John Bennes
as Speaker
Roy McCrerey
as Redcoat
Tyler Long
as Page Boy
Gil Johnson
as Militiaman
Scott Miles
as Patriot Private
Le Roy Seabrook
as Gullah Minister
Samuel Brown Jr.
as Gullah Musician
Samuel Brown Sr.
as Gullah Musician
Lillie L. Harris
as Gullah Musician
Braima Moiwai
as Gullah Musician
Patrick Tatopoulos
as French Naval Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Patriot

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (34)

Emmerich's battle scenes may look authentic to anyone who has ever stared hard at a history book, but in every other way the film is long, empty and bogus.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Make no mistake about it: The Patriot is a cartoon, even if it does have real people playing the parts.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A grand yarn with a sense of the weight of history and an awareness that the winners are often those who have lost the most.

Full Review… | August 9, 2001
Top Critic

Deserves a salute as the first Hollywood epic about the American Revolution to successfully blend ferocity and feeling.

May 10, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

has its moments

Full Review… | January 26, 2013
Old School Reviews

Many graphic battle scenes, not for all teens.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for The Patriot

Flawed, but works alright if you've nothing better to do.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


I'm ashamed to admit that I really, really like this film considering who the director is. So let me say that the film drags in lots of places. And the acting, while good, is not excellent. I encourage rental as opposed to purchase.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


03/09/2012 (Blu-Ray)

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

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