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Gladiator Reviews

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May 8, 2018
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.
February 28, 2018
It is monumental movie-making: visually thrilling, technically astonishing, and emotionally engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 27, 2018
By returning to basics, Ridley Scott's Gladiator deploys the oft-transposed genre in the way it was originally intended.
February 27, 2018
Russell Crowe as Maximus has the charismatic glower of a true star.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 5, 2017
A movie initially intended as summer popcorn, but which somehow scored a Best Picture Oscar: the only one of Scott's lengthy and impressive canon to have done so.
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.
Read More | 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
Crowe confirms his position as one of the best star character actors around.
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
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
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
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.
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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