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
A rambling disappointment.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
[Gibson] has created a completely adequate modern facsimile of the classic romantic epic.
Hal Hinson - 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
There's a matter-of-fact grittiness about Braveheart that infects even its occasional touches of mysticism and photogenic romance.
John Hartl - Film.com
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 - Film.com
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 - Film.com
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
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
It succeeds in bringing to life the reality of Scottish patriotism and brilliantly captures the spirit of revolution.
Thom Hutchinson - Radio Times
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
A vanity project if ever there was one.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
A real modern epic.
Dean Essner - Film4
Braveheart looks like a true epic -- even if it is both bloody and bloody long.
Jack Kroll - Newsweek
So inspiring is his message that my own girlfriend channeled it, in the warning I received prior to my reviewing the film: You'd better love it, or I'll disembowel you.
Rob Humanick - Slant Magazine
With a sweeping look, lots of emotion, a classic hero, occasionally corny dialogue and forced romances, Braveheart is a flawed classic.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
At the heart of Mel Gibson's tumultuously entertaining epic is the almost-quaint notion that movie heroics should mean something more than a play for the much-coveted 18-25 box office demographic.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Film Scouts
A massive, sweaty, frequently silly epic that nevertheless delivers enough brute pleasure to pass a rainy afternoon.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
A great big splendorific Hollywood epic that's not exactly original or cliche-free, but fairly satisfying.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
One of the weakest films to ever win the Best Picture Oscar, Mel Gibson's wannabe historical saga is handsome to look at but shallow and ultra-violent.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Gibson hews to a style that is visually elaborate without ever being visually complicated, scraping away the traces of any irony or dimension from every shot, every scene.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
While the violence is raw, so are the emotions.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
In addtion to starring in the film, Gibson also directs it, and does so impressively.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A superior film and there is a lot to love about it.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Depicts the adventures of legendary 13th century freedom fighter.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
For pure, blood-soaked "guy flick" grandeur, few movies can touch this one.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Larger than life.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
If you prefer your movies to be more than just one man's ego trip, it's an impediment to fully enjoying what is otherwise an awesome-looking and powerful bloody epic.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
A violent, utterly passionate epic.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
At times the film seems an obsessive ode to Mel Gibson machismo.
Peter Stack - San Francisco Chronicle
With a bit of restraint Gibson might have had a great movie here instead of merely a pretty good one.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Braveheart is history the way it should be told, full of sex and treachery and battle and passion and Mel Gibson in a kilt.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
[The film is] well-intentioned and ambitious, but is disappointingly flawed.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Mel Gibson's Braveheart is probably not good history, and it's no documentary -- but it sure makes great Hollywood cinema.
Bob Thompson - Jam! Movies
Gibson manages to keep his epic afloat by solidly grounding Wallace in the viewer's heart and mind.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
Excellent battle scenes complement this historical epic about one man's quest to free his people.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
As far as a good old-fashioned story of historical oppression goes, it does sweep you up and entertain.
Ali Barclay - BBC
A grand cinematic adventure.
Louis Black - Austin Chronicle
A vastly entertaining and powerful film.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
The story itself is quite compelling, and the script is excellent.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
I continue to enjoy watching and re-watching it, and share much of Mel Gibson's enthusiasm for his project.
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews