Critics Consensus

Apocalypto is a brilliantly filmed, if mercilessly bloody, examination of a once great civilization.



Total Count: 198


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User Ratings: 442,433
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"Apocalypto" is a heart stopping mythic action-adventure set against the turbulent end times of the once great Mayan civilization. When his idyllic existence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, a man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression where a harrowing end awaits him. Through a twist of fate and spurred by the power of his love for his woman and his family he will make a desperate break to return home and to ultimately save his way of life.


Rudy Youngblood
as Jaguar Paw
Raoul Trujillo
as Zero Wolf
Gerardo Taracena
as Middle Eye
Fernando Hernandez
as High Priest
Maria Isidra Hoil
as Oracle Girl
Aquetzali Garcia
as Oracle Girl
Abel Woolrich
as Laughing Man
Amilcar Ramirez
as Curl Nose
Israel Contreras
as Smoke Frog
Israel Rios
as Cocoa Leaf
Mayra Serbulo
as Young Woman
Iazua Larios
as Sky Flower
María Isabel Díaz
as Mother In Law
Espiridion Acosta Cache
as Old Story Teller
Lorena Hernández
as Village Girl
Bernando Ruíz
as Drunkards Four
Sayuri Gutiérrez
as Eldest Daughter
Hiram Soto
as Fish Hunter
José Suárez
as First Temple Sacrifice
Ariel Galvan
as Hanging Moss
Bernardo Ruiz
as Drunkards Four
Richard Can
as Ten Peccary
Carlos Ramos
as Monkey Jaw
Marco Antonio Argueta
as Speaking Wind
Javier Escobar
as Vicious Holcane
Nicolás Jasso
as Man On Temple Top
Ronaldo Eknal
as Slave Auctioneer
Miriam Tun
as Woman Auctioneer
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Critic Reviews for Apocalypto

All Critics (198) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (130) | Rotten (68)

  • Apocalypto demonstrates two things: that Mel Gibson is a hell of a filmmaker and that his imaginative world borders on the Neanderthal.

    Jun 29, 2007 | Full Review…
  • It's Gibson's taste for carnage that defeats him in the end. The brutality is relentless, and the many ways in which blood is spilt so ingenious, that it's numbing. Once the adrenaline rush subsides, there's nothing left.

    Jan 13, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Pathologically brilliant. It is bizarre, stomach-turningly violent and frequently inspired.

    Jan 6, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This is by no means a boring film, then, but it is a grotesque one, and that brings it pretty close to camp.

    Dec 30, 2006 | Full Review…

    Ben Walters

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • As a piece of filmmaking it's certainly strong enough to restore his commercial viability. Whether that's to the good is another question entirely.

    Dec 30, 2006 | Full Review…

    Tom Charity

    Top Critic
  • While the ancient dialects and weighty quotations suggest an arthouse epic, Apocalypto is basically a really good period popcorn flick.

    Dec 30, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Paul Arendt

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Apocalypto

  • Oct 01, 2016
    I don't know if there is a better example of dedication in filmmaking out there than there is in Apocalypto. Brilliant, if overrated.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2015
    Gibson's Mayan chase thriller may not fit everyone's tastes, but for those willing to lurk into the jungle, great thrills and action await.
    Joshua H Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2013
    'Apocalypto' (2006) is a realistic and deep glimpse into ancient Mayan civilization. Without a doubt, it's shot at its best and goes to show you that big-headed Mel Gibson does have directing skills up his sleeves.
    Noah N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2012
    Rent this -- don't buy it. That way you'll feel less digusted with yourself for seeing a Mel Gibson film. Otherwise, it's excellent.
    Christian C Super Reviewer

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