Apocalypto Reviews

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February 14, 2012
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.
June 5, 2007
Apocalypto is a strange but largely entertaining mix of action, bloodletting, chin-rubbing and arthouse trimmings.
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.
February 3, 2007
January 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.
January 6, 2007
Pathologically brilliant. It is bizarre, stomach-turningly violent and frequently inspired.
December 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.
December 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.
December 30, 2006
While the ancient dialects and weighty quotations suggest an arthouse epic, Apocalypto is basically a really good period popcorn flick.
December 11, 2006
[Gibson] has learned how to tell a tale, and to raise a pulse in the telling. You have to admire that basic gift, uncommon as it is in Hollywood these days, though equally you have to ask what obsessions goad it on.
December 11, 2006
Mel Gibson is a real artist as a director.
December 8, 2006
It's unlike any other movie to reach theaters this year and, because it is as visual an experience as it is visceral, it is best seen on a large screen.
December 8, 2006
...beautifully rendered and convincingly exciting.
December 8, 2006
None of us can completely resist the spectacle of a disturbed guy -- who used to just be a movie star -- projecting his own violent fantasies in public and repeatedly enacting his own crucifixion. Let's not pretend there's anything healthy about it.
December 8, 2006
If, as a filmmaker, the obviously soul-stricken former movie star is an unabashed red-meat primitivist, he's also become an undeniably polished one.
December 8, 2006
By the end I felt sure it was the most obsessively, graphically violent film I'd ever seen, but equally sure that Apocalypto is a visionary work with its own wild integrity. And absolutely, positively convinced that seeing it once is enough.
December 8, 2006
Gibson has delivered an impeccably crafted action-adventure that starts fast and never lets up.
December 8, 2006
By now, it's fair to say that Mel Gibson does not make boring movies. He does, however, make movies that make you a little worried about him.
December 8, 2006
Apocalypto is primal.
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