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The Patriot Reviews

June 18, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2/4
March 22, 2002
Make no mistake about it: The Patriot is a cartoon, even if it does have real people playing the parts.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
May 10, 2001
Deserves a salute as the first Hollywood epic about the American Revolution to successfully blend ferocity and feeling.
January 1, 2000
The Patriot is a huge, bloody, 2-hour-and-40-minute battle epic, lavishly appointed and beautifully shot.
January 1, 2000
A movie of cornball sentiment, humorously anachronistic dialogue, and expensive Colonial Williamsburg sets.
January 1, 2000
Yet for its real virtues, The Patriot is never completely satisfying.
January 1, 2000
A rip-snorting good flick that breaks the cinematic jinx against Revolutionary War stories.
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-
January 1, 2000
Emmerich choreographs the action with breathtaking precision.
January 1, 2000
The rules of summer movie-making wreck The Patriot.
January 1, 2000
There's no majesty, no tragedy, no feeling here; it's all FX and costuming and casting directors.
January 1, 2000
It boldly asks what you'd be willing to sacrifice to gain that freedom. And what more could you ask from a Fourth of July movie?
January 1, 2000
It has everything you want in an epic.
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Having fought the British centuries before in Braveheart, Gibson brings the same intensity to The Patriot.
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
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: C+
January 1, 2000
Gibson gives the part his all, but he can't create a coherent character: the movie won't let him.
January 1, 2000
It's not being unpatriotic to wish for a better, more original movie.
January 1, 2000
It's never boring, and it'll sweep you up in its momentum if you give it a chance.
January 1, 2000
There's not much to get excited about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
It wisely focuses upon common folk rather than prominent figures.
January 1, 2000
Gibson gives a mechanically precise but soulless performance in which he seems more concerned with how he looks than what his character is thinking or feeling.
January 1, 2000
What makes The Patriot exhausting, despite its handful of blood-boiling sequences, is the way it numbingly resembles other movies.
January 1, 2000
It seems certain that whatever extraordinary ingredients are necessary to fashion a 1776 home run, this movie doesn't have them.
January 1, 2000
The period décor and costuming and production design may be in the overhoned Hollywood classic style, but the plotting is pure melodrama.
January 1, 2000
The Patriot delivers what it promises.
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
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
January 1, 2000
Every moment leads naturally to the next, and the overall effect is thrilling.