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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 42
  2. Negative: 18 out of 42
  1. Vast, riveting, madly audacious movie biography.
  2. If, as the Virgil quote that starts the film claims, fortune favors the bold, Alexander has not been nearly bold enough.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    At best an honorable failure, an intelligent and ambitious picture that crucially lacks dramatic flair and emotional involvement.
  4. Enjoyable in some places, but dreadful in others. It's boring here and exciting there. And it's almost always goofy.
  5. 38
    As huge a travesty and a bore as 1956's "Alexander the Great," in which Richard Burton looked equally uncomfortable as a blond.
  6. Like every other second of more than 10,000 seconds in Alexander, it doesn't engage in the least.
  7. 11
    It is, in a word, boring, and that's the most un-Oliver Stone adjective I can think of.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 129
  2. Negative: 69 out of 129
  1. Feb 18, 2015
    10
    Probably the only history movie I've taken seriously for the last 15+ years.

    Other movies like 300 or it's sequel are just action
    Probably the only history movie I've taken seriously for the last 15+ years.

    Other movies like 300 or it's sequel are just action blockbusters with zero realism. A Disneyland for adolescents.

    This movie looks as if it was made for history class teachers. That's why on my list it gets clean 10. Very well executed, no superhero **** no cheep humor in fight scenes. It's a serious movie, factual and realistic. Certainly not for an average Joe.

    10/10
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  2. Jun 12, 2011
    10
    Wonderful movie that describes perfectly the different faces of Alexander's personality. No important fact is left aside, but still you haveWonderful movie that describes perfectly the different faces of Alexander's personality. No important fact is left aside, but still you have the time to think and elaborate your own interpretation about what happens. I think this is the best solution for a hystorical movie, because hystorically speaking there are lots of different traditions and you can't choose one over the other that easily. Expand
  3. Oct 4, 2011
    9
    I found this movie to have great costume and action. I enjoyed watching the battle scene's the most. Very entertaining. I didn't like ColinI found this movie to have great costume and action. I enjoyed watching the battle scene's the most. Very entertaining. I didn't like Colin Farrell in this movie and Angelina is just a terrible actress but I still liked the movie overall. Expand
  4. Jun 8, 2013
    3
    I wish I could say I was able to overlook the film's many flaws and say that it's a half decent film, but that would be a lie. Is this filmI wish I could say I was able to overlook the film's many flaws and say that it's a half decent film, but that would be a lie. Is this film really that bad? Sadly, and unfortunately, yes. This is a bad film; the pacing is horrible, the editing is atrocious, the performances are overly dramatic, the battle sequences are mostly mindless, it's unnecessarily gory, the story itself is unengaging, the direction is confused, and as far as historical biopics go this isn't one that all that accurate. All of these things combined with ambition could not save this film which is very sad and disappointing. The reason this film was so disappointing is because I believe this ensemble could have created THE biopic of Alexander the Great, instead we are left with this mess that makes us question the minds of those involved. Expand
  5. Dec 16, 2010
    2
    A few things stopped this from a zero ... Anthony hopkins voice, special effects, and a few character actors.

    Colin Farrel is horrible,
    A few things stopped this from a zero ... Anthony hopkins voice, special effects, and a few character actors.

    Colin Farrel is horrible, Angelina Jolie was horrible and miscast, and the directing/dialog was horrible

    One more saving grace... the budget was big enough to stop this from being worse.... watching that is but it might give Ishtar a run for most ridiculous $ spent for such a poor end product I want those hours back I wasted!!!!!!!!!
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  6. JK
    Sep 6, 2005
    0
    It's absolutely dredful. Actors, dialogues, sets, this film is a shame. Oliver Stone is no Riddle Scott.
  7. SteveC.
    Jun 18, 2008
    0
    Don't gimme any of this "you have to pay attention" or "you have to enjoy history" garbage. I love history, but even if I overdosed on Don't gimme any of this "you have to pay attention" or "you have to enjoy history" garbage. I love history, but even if I overdosed on adderall, I could not offer my attention to this movie. This marked the first time I could not finish a movie. I tried on two separate occasions and both times it took less than an hour before I realized there are so many better things I could be doing and shut it off. Expand

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