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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.
Cole Smithey
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
David Stratton
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
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
February 25, 2015
Gladiator has the distinction of being both timely and nostalgic.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Derek Malcolm
Screen International
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.
Peter Bradshaw
February 22, 2015
Throughout it all, Crowe maintains a tough, slot-mouthed reticence; he is very persuasive as the superman of the Colosseum.
Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard
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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
February 22, 2015
Crowe is perfect for the role, creating a character that will quickly gain your sympathies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 22, 2015
Crowe confirms his position as one of the best star character actors around.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
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.
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
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.
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
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
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 8, 2014
Crowe doesn't use tricks in this role to court our approval. He earns it the old-fashioned way, by daring to be quiet, if not silent, and intensely, implacably strong.

Total Film
February 24, 2013
This is visceral film-making at its finest, painted on the grandest of canvases, and yet, one which maintains the finest eye for detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 24, 2013
The fusion of the ancient and the modern -- even to the point of some sly echoes of our own sports-mad society -- is seamless. Gladiator does indeed deliver the glory that was Rome, but it also clinically dissects the assumptions on which it was built.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
February 24, 2013
In the end, Gladiator is overdrawn and too insubstantial for its own good, just like the old days, but it satisfies as entertainment on a grand scale.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Really excellent but really violent Oscar winner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
September 24, 2010
Russell Crowe is as believable a Spaniard here as Charlton Heston was a Mexican in "Touch of Evil." But director Ridley Scott took greater interest in entwining an empire's intrigue with its people's turmoil than emphasizing bread-and-circus brutality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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