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Apocalypto Reviews

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Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
July 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.
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
October 22, 2013
Apocalypto isn't simply an effective movie, but an immensely powerful one: a benchmark and a foresight seemingly all rolled into one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
Damn if the movie, through Mel's sheer determination, doesn't almost turn from a fight-n-flight gore fest into a moving meditation on a civilisation in the throes of decline. Almost.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
November 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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 28, 2009
Nothing if not visceral
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
What this thing turns out to be is a skimpy action flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
If you can get past Mr. Gibson's public persona, Apocalypto is a good, solid action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 29, 2007
Apocalypto demonstrates two things: that Mel Gibson is a hell of a filmmaker and that his imaginative world borders on the Neanderthal.
Anton Bitel
Film4
June 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Empire Magazine
June 5, 2007
Apocalypto is a strange but largely entertaining mix of action, bloodletting, chin-rubbing and arthouse trimmings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
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?
| Original Score: 70/100
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 11, 2007
Close enough, I suppose, if you want to reduce the entire end of a civilization to a single adventure story.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
May 8, 2007
If any other director had made the spellbinding, visceral Mayan epic 'Apocalypto,' the film would be championed and unquestionably be discussed in Oscar worthy terms.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 24, 2007
It's escapism - the world would be a lot safer if good and evil were so clearly defined - and it's something that Mel Gibson proves (once again) that he does very, very well in Apocalypto.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
March 12, 2007
Mel Gibson propone una discutible aproximación a la civilización maya que es, ante todo, un intenso relato de acción y heroísmo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emily S. Mendel
culturevulture.net
March 12, 2007
To cut to the chase, there should be an NC-17 rating to describe the over-the- top violence in Apocalypto. But the strong of stomach will find an edge-of-your-seat, heart-pounding, technically amazing movie.
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