Alexander 2004

Alexander

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

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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.

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Jared Leto
Hephaestion
Brian Blessed
Wrestling Trainer
Connor Paolo
Young Alexander
Oliver Stone
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Christopher Kyle
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Laeta Kalogridis
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Jon Kilik
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Rodrigo Prieto
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Alex Marquez
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Critic Reviews for Alexander

All Critics (205) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (172)

  • 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…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • By summoning his inner classicist, [director] Stone has made an excruciating disaster for the ages.

    September 26, 2005

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
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  • Though the battles have the blood-and-sinew bravado you expect from Oliver Stone, this three-hour buttnumbathon is hamstrung by a hectoring grandiosity, not new to Stone, and a nod toward caution, which is.

    March 6, 2005 | Rating: 1/4
  • As the titular conqueror, Colin Farrell shows the limit of his screen presence as he falters in such big boots and winds up face first in the sand.

    December 21, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A lunk-headed train wreck that looks like a tag sale in a 323 B.C. supermarket in old Peking.

    December 10, 2004

    Rex Reed

    Observer
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  • At a reported cost of $155 million, Alexander qualifies as a super-spectacle in every respect but one -- namely in its neurotic, confused and sexually ambidextrous hero.

    December 10, 2004 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Observer
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Audience Reviews for Alexander

  • 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
  • Oct 13, 2011
    The version of Alexander I'm reviewing is the second or director's cut, which may or may not have some bearing on whether I influence anyone else as to whether or not they want to view this film. To be concise, this really stunk. It's a ponderous train wreck of a film, and I couldn't wait for it to end. Whether or not Oliver Stone took liberties with the truth as we know it is irrelevant. It is an incoherent, terrible movie. It is dull and ridiculously over-acted, especially by Farrell and Jolie. Normally I like Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson, and even Val Kilmer sometimes but not much here. I felt sympathy for Dawson's character as well as the actress herself. The action plays something like the sword and sandal epics of the 1950s, and the battlefield scenes are passable. The "rousing" speech delivered by Farrell on the eve of battle is silly and pretentious though, just like this over burdened film. Stone does aim high, much too high, and maybe that's why this movie crashes. Alexander's story is a compelling human as well as historical story, but Stone doesn't do him justice here. Many say that the longer, final cut is markedly better, that it is more coherent. I don't know, not having seen it, but in the interest of fairness, I do not dismiss it. If you are into epics like Gladiator, Troy, and Kingdom of Heaven, you may want to consider watching it. If you end up with an Oedipal complex though, don't say I didn't warn you.
    Clintus M Super Reviewer

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