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Gladiator Reviews

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December 19, 2015
Gladiator knows its audience wants blood, and it's all too happy to provide it. But as long as you don't come looking for more, it's a satisfying spectacle, in every sense of the word.
December 6, 2015
It took "Alien" director Ridley Scott to reinvigorate, however briefly, the sword and sandal genre at the turn of the 21st century.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 25, 2015
The journey of Maximus, from triumph on the battlefield through despair and degradation in slavery and then to a final epiphany in the Colosseum is an exciting one - and Russell Crowe plays the character with considerable toughness and authority.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 25, 2015
Gladiator has the distinction of being both timely and nostalgic.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 24, 2015
This may be fundamentally Saturday night entertainment, but Scott attempts rather more than that on occasion, and at least succeeds in creating a memorable sense of a dark and often frightening period of time.
February 22, 2015
Throughout it all, Crowe maintains a tough, slot-mouthed reticence; he is very persuasive as the superman of the Colosseum.
February 22, 2015
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
Gladiator is a triumph. On the surface, it's a terrific yarn with strong, rounded characters, agonizing suspense and visceral thrills. Look closer and you'll find rich historical themes, and a harrowing critique of violence as amusement.
February 22, 2015
Crowe is perfect for the role, creating a character that will quickly gain your sympathies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 22, 2015
Gladiator is a remarkable spectacle of unforgivable length.
February 22, 2015
Despite its big battle scenes and epic craftsmanship, Ridley Scott's Gladiator lacks the spirit and the true heart of a legendary epic; revisit Spartacus and Ben Hur on video for the real McCoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 22, 2015
Crowe confirms his position as one of the best star character actors around.
February 22, 2015
By emphasizing big battles and spilled blood, Scott banks on the hope the movie audience will be no more discerning than the Colosseum's screaming mob.
January 8, 2014
Gladiator, well cast and impressively staged, is every inch the summer blockbuster it intends to be. It's also something more. Amid the action and intrigue, director Scott makes a few points about blockbuster-style entertainment.
January 8, 2014
Rather than getting lost in the world Scott has created on screen, Scott asks filmgoers to marvel at how he created that world, and how smoothly he succeeds in manipulating us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 8, 2014
Moviegoers may not have been pining for such spectacles since speeding chariots last rumbled through theaters in 1959's Ben-Hur and 1960's Spartacus, but the juiced-up Gladiator proves there's still plenty of grappa left in the genre.
January 8, 2014
For those old enough to remember the 70mm epics of yesteryear, this is a nostalgic synthesis of all of them. For those who haven't seen those earlier movies, Scott will open their eyes to a "brand-new" old world.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 8, 2014
Gladiator is filled with brilliant filmmaking and features outstanding performances, but it's neither profound enough nor pop enough to be great -- it's mournful, serious, beautiful and, finally, pointless.
January 8, 2014
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
If there's a soft spot in your heart for the sword-&-sandal epic, then you'll swoon with giddy delight over Gladiator.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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