Alexander

2004, War/Adventure, 2h 55m

207 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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Even at nearly three hours long, this ponderous, talky, and emotionally distant biopic fails to illuminate Alexander's life. Read critic reviews

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The story is an epic that is as daring and ambitious as its subject, a relentless conqueror who by the age of 32 had amassed the greatest empire the world had ever seen. Past and present collide to form the puzzle of the protagonist, a tapestry of triumphs and tragedies in which childhood memories and Alexander's rise to power unfold side by side with the later day expansion of his empire, and its ultimate downfall.

Cast & Crew

Jared Leto
Hephaestion
Brian Blessed
Wrestling Trainer
Connor Paolo
Young Alexander
Neil Jackson
Perdiccas
Oliver Stone
Screenwriter
Jon Kilik
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Rodrigo Prieto
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Alex Marquez
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Yann Hervé
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Jan Roelfs
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Jim Erickson
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Critic Reviews for Alexander

All Critics (207) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (174)

  • While it's worth applauding Alexander for not making its legendary hero 100% hetero, there's nothing else to recommend about this stilted, tedious epic.

    July 27, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Though Alexander is emotionally and intellectually incoherent, it's the work of a first-rate filmmaker who creates unforgettable images...could any contemporary actor fill Alexander's globe-bestriding shoes? He remains beyond Farrell's grasp.

    March 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Alexander the person was great. This movie isn't.

    September 9, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Unwieldy and flawed, but Stone remains a tornado in an era of airless formula and -- to paraphrase our Ptolemy -- its failings are greater than most films' successes.

    April 1, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Farrell, a remarkable actor on most occasions, is fatally miscast. His Alexander is a petulant crybaby, and it is hard to imagine anyone - let alone armies and nations galore - bending themselves to his will.

    December 9, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • By summoning his inner classicist, [director] Stone has made an excruciating disaster for the ages.

    September 26, 2005
  • While it's worth applauding Alexander for not making its legendary hero 100% hetero, there's nothing else to recommend about this stilted, tedious epic.

    July 27, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Though Alexander is emotionally and intellectually incoherent, it's the work of a first-rate filmmaker who creates unforgettable images...could any contemporary actor fill Alexander's globe-bestriding shoes? He remains beyond Farrell's grasp.

    March 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Alexander the person was great. This movie isn't.

    September 9, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Unwieldy and flawed, but Stone remains a tornado in an era of airless formula and -- to paraphrase our Ptolemy -- its failings are greater than most films' successes.

    April 1, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's not at all clear what Stone is getting at, other than suggesting that conquering the world is exhausting and psychologically damaging work.

    February 15, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Stone has always relished posing more questions than he has answers in biopics. In Alexander, however, he enjoys it a little too much.

    April 23, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Alexander

  • Jan 27, 2021
    Time has been kind to this, as has the numerous versions Stone has put together. There are still problems but they seem to matter less now, especially when stacked against the ambitious structure and length. Also, it is hard to not see how much of Stone's vision clashed with the mores and expectations of audiences in 2004.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2016
    I caught the Final Cut edition of the film for some odd reason. It added even more time to an already long and drawn out theatrical cut. This film is just plain boring. There's really no way around it or no other way to explain it. Check it out only if forced by your parents after they make you Thanksgiving dinner and after you already suggest Die Hard and they turn it down.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2014
    A disaster of epic proportions, this movies could be summed up as Colin Farrell's haircut in it: silly, ridiculous, fake, too yellow, too long, not well realized at all, too phony. This is probably one of the biggest wastes of money of all time. I was thinking of including "talent" as well on the last sentence but there is absolutely none in this. Everyone is doing a terrible job. Congrats.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2013
    I regret to say that I watched the Director's Cut hoping that it could somehow improve a much criticized film but it remains a mess. Even given close to three hours, you still think that Stone and Colin Farrell haven't given us the real Alexander.
    John B Super Reviewer

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