Alexander

2004, Biography/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.

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  • 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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