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Gladiator Reviews

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.
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
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
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
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.
February 24, 2013
Gladiator's combination of grim sanctimony and drenching, Dolby-ized dismemberings left me appalled.
February 24, 2013
Time for a little gladiatorial gore with your Milk Duds. Gladiator is here, and it's big, glorious and eminently dumb.
April 27, 2007
Ultimately, Gladiator is an honorable and inoffensive spectacle with nothing extraordinary to recommend it.
February 6, 2007
Though the digital effects lack the weight and conviction of their equivalents in old Cecil B. De Mille movies, Ridley Scott's sword-and-sandal epic has some of the intensity of old Hollywood in terms of storytelling, spectacle, and violence.
June 24, 2006
The cast is strong (notably Nielsen as Commodus's vacillating sister, and the late Oliver Reed, unusually endearing as a gladiator owner), the pacing lively, and the sets, swordplay and Scud catapults impressive.
March 19, 2002
The Roman costume drama, all dressed to the IX's, has taken a long holiday from the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
A visually astonishing picture that brings script, performance and, alas, displays of violence up to the modern standard.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: B+
January 1, 2000
Highly visual entertainment with lots of blood and action.
January 1, 2000
Gladiator derides 'entertainment' while hustling like crazy to provide two and a half hours' worth of same. The heroism and the tigers and the epic grandeur all leave behind the flavor of cynicism.
January 1, 2000
Self-proclaimed 'world-creator' Scott only intermittently obliterates the turgid narrative and mediocre dialogue.
January 1, 2000
This is filmmaking on a grand scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
The most visually spectacular of all Roman Empire epics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Gladiator is what championship is all about. Thrilling and exciting, it embraces technical standards of filmmaking rarely anticipated in earlier epics.
January 1, 2000
A truly transporting trip back nearly 2,000 years.
January 1, 2000
Gladiator pours on the usual Caesar dressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Gladiator charges into heart pounding battle.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 1, 2000
The film looks muddy, fuzzy and indistinct.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
If spectacle, not plot, is your plate of pasta, you'll find Gladiator as much fun as a Roman holiday.
January 1, 2000
Ancient Rome looks as splendiferous as we all remembered from the dozens of toga-sandal-and-chariot epics that came in waves back in the late 1950s and early '60s.
January 1, 2000
This tale of power and revenge proves that there are still some people in the movie business who know what they're doing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
This film is the first 'sword-and-sandal' epic since the mid-1960s.
January 1, 2000
The movie's production values are peerless.
January 1, 2000
With its conspicuous display of prefascist trappings, it says more about our time than about Rome.
January 1, 2000
Gladiator doesn't have enough plot to be a Roman epic ... and too much plot to be a summer action movie.
January 1, 2000
A movie that revels in the primal thrill of swords tearing into flesh and blood spraying in huge, arterial gouts.
January 1, 2000
Without Russell Crowe's dynamism holding it all together, Gladiator might have devolved into a rash of overblown pandering.
January 1, 2000
There's nary a dull moment in the film.
January 1, 2000
A smart movie and sumptuously executed.
January 1, 2000
This Ridley Scott film, his best in years, re-envisions ancient Rome for the aughts and makes it safe to go back in the Colosseum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Action-packed and passionate.
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.
January 1, 2000
Gladiator is not as nimble outside the arena as inside.
January 1, 2000
Gladiator is a canned experience, a film that flails around awkwardly trying to find a reason to exist.
January 1, 2000
An exhilarating, sweeping epic that begs to be seen on the largest possible screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
Visually stimulating.
January 1, 2000
Gladiator is one extended guilty pleasure.
January 1, 2000
It is undeniably a triumph, muscular and entertaining.
January 1, 2000
Gladiator is quite a good movie -- a big, fat, rousing, intelligent, daring, retro, many-adjective-requiring entertainment.