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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 true story of one of history's most luminous and influential leaders, Alexander the Great--a man who had conquered 90% of the known world by the age of twenty-seven. Alexander led his virtually invincible Greek and Macedonian armies through 22,000 miles of sieges and conquests in just eight years, and by the time of his death at the age of thirty-two had forged an empire unlike any the world had ever seen. The story chronicles Alexander's path to becoming a living legend, from a youth fueled by dreams of myth, glory and adventure to his lonely death as a ruler of a vast Empire. Alexander is the incredible story of a life that united the Known World and proved if nothing else, fortune favors the bold.


Colin Farrell
as Alexander the Great
Val Kilmer
as Philip
Jared Leto
as Hephaistion
Connor Paolo
as Young Alexander
Jessie Kamm
as Child Alexander
Tim Pigott-Smith
as Omen Reader
Gary Stretch
as Cleitus
John Kavanagh
as Parmenion
Nick Dunning
as Attalus
Marie Meyer
as Eurydice
Joseph Morgan
as Philotas
Ian Beattie
as Antiginous
Denis Conway
as Nearchus
Rory McCann
as Crateros
Elliot Cowan
as Young Ptolemy
Raz Degan
as Darius III
Feodor Atkine
as Roxane's Father
Chris Aberdein
as Polyperchon
Rab Affleck
as Attalus' Henchman
Brian Blessed
as Wrestling Trainer
Jaran Ngamdee
as Indian Prince #1
Garrett Lombard
as Leonnatus
Patrick Carroll
as Hephaestion
Aleczander Gordon
as Young Perdiccas
Mick Lally
as Horse Seller
Erol Sander
as Persian Prince
Stéphane Ferrara
as Bactrian Commander
Tadhg Murphy
as Dying Soldier
Jean Le Duc
as Fat Eunuch
Tsouli Mohammed
as Persian Chamberlain
Toby Kebbell
as Pausanius
Laird Macintosh
as Greek Officer
Harry Kent
as Cup Bearer #1
Sam Green
as Cup Bearer #2
Suzanne Bullock
as Roxane Dancer
Kate Elouise
as Roxane Dancer
Gillian Grueber
as Roxane Dancer
Anjali Mehra
as Roxane Dancer
Marta Barahona
as Bagoas Dancer
Monica Zamora
as Bagoas Dancer
Benny Maslov
as Bagoas Dancer
Tania Matos
as Bagoas Dancer
Leighton Morrison
as Bagoas Dancer
Isaac Mulllins
as Bagoas Dancer
Monica Perego
as Bagoas Dancer
Matthew Powell
as Bagoas Dancer
Peter Williamson
as Young Nearchus
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Critic Reviews for Alexander

All Critics (204) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (171)

  • 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.

    Mar 12, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

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

    Sep 26, 2005

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Mar 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.

    Dec 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.

    Dec 10, 2004 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Dec 10, 2004 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic

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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