The Patriot Reviews

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November 27, 2017
No fond chuckles, please -- it's abominable. And to take any pleasure in it would be to resemble those followers of pro-wrestling who know it's all fake but still cough-up top-dollar to get ring-side and holler.
January 26, 2013
has its moments
September 12, 2007
While his hero is conscience-stricken about killing, Emmerich sure enjoys serving it up in generous helpings.
January 9, 2006
January 29, 2005
Bloody, overlong and straining for significance ...
July 14, 2004
It's the plot that's hackneyed.
May 30, 2003
The Patriot is best when it focuses on Gibson. Unfortunately, half the time it focuses on Ledger.
May 20, 2003
December 2, 2002
The main irony, of course, lies in the film's title, which suggests that the absurdly flag-waving activist should be taken at face value despite the ample evidence that defending his country is the last thing on his mind.
October 30, 2002
July 12, 2002
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.
June 10, 2002
By the time Martin begins waving around a gigantic American flag to rally his supporters for one last clash, the film has become so mechanical and jingoistic you might just as well be watching "Declaration of Independence Day."
March 22, 2002
Make no mistake about it: The Patriot is a cartoon, even if it does have real people playing the parts.
January 27, 2002
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.
February 27, 2001
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
A movie of cornball sentiment, humorously anachronistic dialogue, and expensive Colonial Williamsburg sets.
January 1, 2000
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