The Patriot - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Patriot Reviews

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Alex Keen
Trades
November 3, 2001
...an honest depiction of warfare that focuses on characters and symbols.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
There's some good stuff here -- far more than one would think, considering the source -- but it never quite puts it all together.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
October 10, 2001
The American Revolution - in comic book form.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 9, 2001
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 10, 2001
Deserves a salute as the first Hollywood epic about the American Revolution to successfully blend ferocity and feeling.
Stephen Farber
Movieline
April 17, 2001
It's a cornball epic, but it sweeps you along against your better judgment.
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
April 5, 2001
I would like to say to Devlin and Emmerich that they have hereby been forgiven for Godzilla.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Andrew Howe
eFilmCritic.com
April 2, 2001
See it, enjoy it, and try not to think too hard about what might have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A gruesome hybrid, a mix of sentimentality and brutality that suggests a Lethal Weapon movie directed by Norman Rockwell.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
There's not much to get excited about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Reflects our wish to redeem ourselves through sacrifice. But that entails more than briefly nodding to our flaws, magnifying what we like best about our past, and waving it around, hoping the euphoria will resolve any contradictions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I enjoyed the strength and conviction of Gibson's performance, the sweep of the battle scenes, and the absurdity of the British caricatures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The rules of summer movie-making wreck The Patriot.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
What makes The Patriot exhausting, despite its handful of blood-boiling sequences, is the way it numbingly resembles other movies.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 1, 2000
Like the war itself, it's too long and too bloody; unlike the war, it doesn't pay off in the end.
Full Review | Original Score: B-

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Huge, handsome and compelling in scope, but also, unfortunately, convoluted and historically inaccurate -- not to mention looong.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
As long as it stays on the battlefield, The Patriot is a brutishly compelling broad-canvas entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Cynthia Fuchs
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Watching this movie is like watching fireworks in some grandly appointed public place.
Josh Jones
PopMatters
January 1, 2000
It repeats the formula of exclusionary representation, conceiving American history as the domain of whites, where blacks, free and slave are left on the sidelines, local color for more 'heroic' characters.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 1, 2000
A typical Hollywood product that aims to get the adrenaline rushing and tug at the heartstrings, but doesn't much care about how shamelessly it goes about doing so.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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