Alexander Reviews

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March 13, 2018
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.
September 26, 2005
By summoning his inner classicist, [director] Stone has made an excruciating disaster for the ages.
March 6, 2005
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.
December 21, 2004
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.
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December 10, 2004
A lunk-headed train wreck that looks like a tag sale in a 323 B.C. supermarket in old Peking.
December 10, 2004
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.
November 30, 2004
Sluggish, unsmiling, and almost as limp as the feather fans with which our heroes are gently aerated on their trip to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
November 30, 2004
It's just a wild, glorious, wacky mess that I found really entertaining.
November 26, 2004
Call it Alexander the Grate, because, over the marathon of its three-hour running time, this wonky epic really does get on your nerves.
November 24, 2004
It's boring here and exciting there. And it's almost always goofy.
November 24, 2004
Alexander, as expressed through the weepy histrionics of Colin Farrell, is more like a desperate housewife than a soldier.
November 24, 2004
This is Stone's weakest movie of the past 20 years, and it's unlikely to make any kind of blip.
November 24, 2004
Not just a bad movie but a bad movie of truly epic proportions.
November 24, 2004
Here's something I never expected to say about a big-budget Oliver Stone film starring Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie and Val Kilmer: It's dull.
November 24, 2004
Seems too puny and fragmented for its mighty subject; it feels as if Stone, for the first time in his career, simply ran out of hot air.
November 24, 2004
Epic in scale but not epic in spirit, a wallow in carnage that fails to demonstrate what was so great about this conqueror, after all.
November 24, 2004
Stone and his team of screenwriters paint an incomplete picture of the man and those he led.
November 24, 2004
As huge a travesty and a bore as 1956's Alexander the Great, in which Richard Burton looked equally uncomfortable as a blond.
November 24, 2004
Farrell plays all this as if he means it, but he seems slight in the role and without great physical presence.
November 24, 2004
Often skates dangerously close to camp (less forgiving viewers will find the movie hysterical), but the director's daringness to play things so boldly has a grand appeal of its own.
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