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Gladiator Reviews

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Megan Spencer
Triple J
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The film looks muddy, fuzzy and indistinct.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
Gladiator is a movie that while watching, you can enjoy; for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
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.
Rob Gonsalves
February 14, 2008
If a gladiator film doesn't work as spectacle or as bloodthirsty action, what's left? Drama? It's dead on that level, too...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 11, 2002
Is this thrilling to anyone?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
There's something Jerry Springeresque about Gladiator.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Even when Gladiator turns nonsensical, and even when its effects shots aren't persuasive, it's hard to look away, and its 154 minutes flew by.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
While Gladiator is nothing if not stimulating and richly visual, director Ridley Scott's sense of grandeur is inconsistent, and he often over-reaches in his attempts to modernize the storytelling for MTV audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremiah Kipp
January 27, 2002
The political intrigue subplot feels tacked on and dull, the film is entirely too long for a simple revenge melodrama...and the structure mercilessly follows its predictable pattern...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Os inúmeros equívocos históricos poderiam ser perdoados caso o filme de Ridley Scott conseguisse sobreviver ao menos como obra de ficção. Não consegue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Gladiator suggests what would happen if someone made a movie of the imminent extreme-football league and shot it as if it were a Chanel commercial.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Self-proclaimed 'world-creator' Scott only intermittently obliterates the turgid narrative and mediocre dialogue.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Gladiator pours on the usual Caesar dressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 1, 2000
Gladiator can aptly be called a typical summer movie, meaning it is mindless and designed for the lowest common denominator.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
Listen to the audience as they leave the theatre. Are they talking about being moved by honor and justice, or going 'wow' at the bloodshed so spectacularly delivered?
| Original Score: C
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 27, 2006
A Roman version of Ben-Hur, Gladiator succeeds on only slightly more levels than it fails.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Richard von Busack
February 22, 2015
Gladiator is a remarkable spectacle of unforgivable length.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
January 1, 2000
It's almost like [Scott]'s trying as hard as he can to make the worst movie of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: F
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
...One of those technically superlative, appallingly expensive, loud, sweeping, 2 1/2-hour-long epics with lots of grit and bloodlust but very little soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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