Gladiator

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Ridley Scott and an excellent cast successfully convey the intensity of Roman gladitorial combat as well as the political intrigue brewing beneath.

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Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) takes power and strips rank from Maximus (Russell Crowe), one of the favored generals of his predecessor and father, Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the great stoical philosopher. Maximus is then relegated to fighting to the death in the gladiator arenas.

Cast

Russell Crowe
as Gen. Maximus
Oliver Reed
as Proximo
Richard Harris
as Marcus Aurelius
Derek Jacobi
as Gracchus
Tomas Arana
as Quintus
Omid Djalili
as Slave Trader
Nicholas McGaughey
as Praetorian Officer
Chris Kell
as Scribe
Tony Curran
as Assasin No. 1
Mark Lewis
as Assassin No. 2
John Quinn
as Valerius
Alun Raglan
as Praetorian Guard No. 1
David Bailie
as Engineer
Chick Allen
as German Leader
David Nicholls
as Giant Man
Al Ashton
as Rome Trainer No. 1
Billy Dowd
as Narrator
Ray Calleja
as Lucius' Attendant
Giannina Facio
as Maximus' Wife
Giorgio Cantarini
as Maximus' Son
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Critic Reviews for Gladiator

All Critics (198) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (152) | Rotten (46)

  • Russell Crowe solidly anchors this epic-scale gladiator movie - the first in nearly four decades - by using his burly frame and expressive face to give dimension to what might otherwise have been comic book heroics.

    May 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It is monumental movie-making: visually thrilling, technically astonishing, and emotionally engaging.

    February 28, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Throughout it all, Crowe maintains a tough, slot-mouthed reticence; he is very persuasive as the superman of the Colosseum.

    February 22, 2015 | Full Review…
  • In Russell Crowe, Scott has found an actor who can carry this movie the way Atlas was supposed to carry the globe of the world on his back -- in Crowe's case without stooping.

    February 22, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Ridley Scott thrusts us so close to the combat that all we see is a lot of whirling and thrashing, a sword thrust here and there, a spurt of blood, a limb severed. There's hardly a scene that is cleanly and coherently staged in open space.

    January 8, 2014 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • If there's a soft spot in your heart for the sword-&-sandal epic, then you'll swoon with giddy delight over Gladiator.

    January 8, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gladiator

  • May 02, 2016
    While Gladiator handles itself brilliantly at times and features a great final hour, the film is very tedious and doesn't entertain for the majority of the duration.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • May 05, 2014
    In all the praise and criticism, the one thing no one discusses is just how silly most of the film is. Yes its undeniably entertaining but the story is just one goofy, over-the-top scenario after another and Ridley Scott (as well as the cast) takes it all so seriously. In any case, I do enjoy re-watching it from time to time, as I have a soft spot for grandiose speeches and gorgeous spectacle.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2013
    Gladiator is a historical epic from director Ridley Scott. After being betrayed by the new Caesar, Roman general Maximus is sold into slavery as a gladiator where he rises to fame as a people's champion and finds an opportunity to exact his revenge. Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, and Connie Nielsen lead the cast and deliver strong performances. Additionally, the gladiator fights are especially dynamic and exciting, featuring several different styles of combat. The costumes and sets are also remarkably well-done, and create a vivid depiction of ancient Rome. And, Hans Zimmer's score does an excellent job at capturing the tone of the film. Thrilling and action-packed, Gladiator delivers a compelling tale. "Are you not entertained?!"
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2013
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