The Patriot Reviews

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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.
March 22, 2002
Make no mistake about it: The Patriot is a cartoon, even if it does have real people playing the parts.
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.
April 17, 2001
January 1, 2000
It wisely focuses upon common folk rather than prominent figures.
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
As long as it stays on the battlefield, The Patriot is a brutishly compelling broad-canvas entertainment.
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
The period dcor and costuming and production design may be in the overhoned Hollywood classic style, but the plotting is pure melodrama.
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
January 1, 2000
It's not being unpatriotic to wish for a better, more original movie.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
There's not much to get excited about.
January 1, 2000
Yet for its real virtues, The Patriot is never completely satisfying.
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
Gibson has proven he can do this kind of stuff with his eyes closed and he is rounded out by a fine supporting cast.
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