Braveheart Reviews

  • It takes a real star to make suffering this sexy.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • One of the most spectacular entertainments in years.

    Caryn James — New York Times

  • Though lumpy and even redundant, Braveheart constantly rebounds on some bold note.

    Mike Clark — USA Today

  • [Gibson] has created a completely adequate modern facsimile of the classic romantic epic.

    Hal Hinson — Washington Post

  • A rambling disappointment.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • The political argument that ensues is pretty dull, but the battle scenes are the loudest and most convincing in years: Gibson has learned from Kurosawa in lending a clarifying thrust to what is, essentially, chaos.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • An action epic with the spirit of the Hollywood swordplay classics and the grungy ferocity of The Road Warrior.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • In this mix of historical tragedy and hip adventure, Gibson may be as galvanic a movie swashbuckler as Errol Flynn and Burt Lancaster were in their day.

    Michael Wilmington — Chicago Tribune

  • A huge, bloody and sprawling epic, Braveheart is the sort of massive vanity piece that would be easy to disparage if it didn't essentially deliver.

    Brian Lowry — Variety

  • Braveheart opts to turn cowardly, settling for the magnification of Gibson's idol status, forfeiting the complex, more nebulous magnificence of the real Sir William Wallace and virtually excising the strategic brilliance of Robert The Bruce.

    Paula Nechak —

  • There's a matter-of-fact grittiness about Braveheart that infects even its occasional touches of mysticism and photogenic romance.

    John Hartl —

  • Gibson's raw energy and storytelling power in Braveheart are undeniable. If the film doesn't meet his ambitions, it's because he set the bar so high.

    Sean Means —

  • With its clashing armies, heartstopping action, and grand sense of romance, this is the sort of film it's a pleasure to see and review.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • Everybody knows that a non-blubbering clause is standard in all movie stars' contracts. Too bad there isn't one banning self-indulgence when they direct.

    Richard Schickel — TIME Magazine

  • Though the film dawdles a bit with the shimmery, dappled love stuff involving Wallace with a Scottish peasant and a French princess, the action will pin you to your seat.

    Peter Travers — Rolling Stone

  • As a filmmaker, [Gibson] lacks the epic gift, but the movie, scripted by Randall (no relation) Wallace, works on a fairly basic level as a hiss-the-English medieval Western.

    Peter Rainer — Los Angeles Times

  • It succeeds in bringing to life the reality of Scottish patriotism and brilliantly captures the spirit of revolution.

    Thom Hutchinson — Radio Times

  • If you like your Hollywood to be as big, stirring and spectacular as possible, then there's no denying that Braveheart was one of the highpoints of '90s cinema.

    Dean Essner — Total Film

  • Completely honest, and completely eager, and subtle as an iron hammer to the skull.

    Tim Brayton — Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Mel Gibson's Oscared, bloody Scottish spectacle.

    Charles Cassady — Common Sense Media

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