Reviews

Feb 14, 2021
Gibson makes people nervous in part because he takes the obscene fascination with violence ... to such absurd heights that the entire phenomenon threatens to become visible and called into question.
Nov 15, 2020
Gibson continues to tackle historically-tinged, grand-scale adventures unlike anything before them.
May 20, 2020
Apocalypto is the very best thing Gibson has done as a director, and should not be missed because of a shared repugnance for his off-screen worldview.
Jun 5, 2019
If Mel Gibson is a mad genius, then Apocalypto may be his most insane work yet.
Oct 16, 2018
There is something different in Gibson's application of violence. The objections seem to lie not just in Gibson's realistic portrayal of cruelty but in the judgment he brings to it.
Jul 18, 2014
A quite exciting spectacle based on a racist version of indigenous history, one in which the genocidal conquistadors are the New World's liberators.
Oct 22, 2013
Apocalypto isn't simply an effective movie, but an immensely powerful one: a benchmark and a foresight seemingly all rolled into one.
Feb 14, 2012
Nov 6, 2010
Ignore Apocalypto's symbolic hubbub and instead view it for Gibson's perverse sense of entertainment. His passionate spectacle of human destruction and doom packs a terrific visceral punch.
Jul 6, 2010
Shot with digital camera on location in Mexico, Mel Gibson has created a visually stunning action/adventure epic that although has divided many with its historical accuracy, has spared no expense in bringing life to a world before European colonization.
Aug 28, 2009
Nothing if not visceral
Apr 29, 2009
All in all Apocalypto is probably Gibson's best film to date, because it's almost free of any of Hollywood's tainting.
Apr 24, 2009
Mel Gibson follows up "The Passion of the Christ," his entrée into directing schlock B-move horror films with high production values, with an even more gory study into bodily torture and death.
Apr 23, 2009
The middle of the film, though, finds Gibson at his sadistic best, depicting monumental savagery with a surreal cinematic glee that puts the Apocalypse in Apocalypto.
Jul 23, 2007
What this thing turns out to be is a skimpy action flick.
Jul 14, 2007
If you can get past Mr. Gibson's public persona, Apocalypto is a good, solid action movie.
Jun 29, 2007
Apocalypto demonstrates two things: that Mel Gibson is a hell of a filmmaker and that his imaginative world borders on the Neanderthal.
Jun 12, 2007
Any Gibson-haters hoping to see the heart ripped out of his success may well find themselves disappointed by Apocalypto's relative merits.
Jun 5, 2007
Apocalypto is a strange but largely entertaining mix of action, bloodletting, chin-rubbing and arthouse trimmings.
May 20, 2007
How can we be inspired by the spirit of Jaguar Paw when the film's telling us that people stink and the great cultures of the Americas were the architects of their own demise?