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.
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.
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.
Jul 23, 2007
What this thing turns out to be is a skimpy action flick.
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?
May 11, 2007
Close enough, I suppose, if you want to reduce the entire end of a civilization to a single adventure story.
Feb 14, 2007
Gibson has grown increasingly bald-faced with his thematic (if you can call them that) preoccupations, dropping the markers in his path like bloody footprints.
Feb 3, 2007
Jan 27, 2007
You have to really look for it, to see the political commentary in Mel's make-up extravaganza, which can be spotted not so much in the snoozy National Geographic-ky first half, as in the second half's retracking of Rambo's bushes. But it's there if you wa
Jan 13, 2007
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.
Dec 30, 2006
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
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
Apocalypto is pornographically violent.
Dec 30, 2006
It doesn't take long for the question to arise and to linger, unanswered, over a film that never offers an answer: Why in the world did anyone make this movie?
Dec 30, 2006
All it did was convince me that Mel Gibson appears to have found his niche, as the Grande Dame of Brutally Realistic Semi-Mythological Epics.
Dec 30, 2006
Asses were indeed kicked here--flayed, even.
Dec 30, 2006
That I consider Apocalypto to be Gibson's best film as a director really isn't such high praise when you consider the fact that I hated his last two movies and have only dim memories of his first.
Dec 22, 2006
About the best that can be said for Mel Gibson's overblown indulgence in sadism is that at least it isn't anti-Semitic.
Dec 18, 2006
... the storytelling is simplistic and tells us little about the culture of the Mayans.
Dec 16, 2006
Flint Sky tells his son, "Fear is a sickness. It has tainted your peace already... Strike it from your heart." Too late.