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  • Director: Oliver Stone
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
  • Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 175 min
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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. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    70
    Makes for a long, lumpy trip with a charismatic guide and some brilliant detours.
  3. 50
    [Stone] gives us provocative notes and sketches but not a final draft. The film doesn't feel at ease with itself. It says too much, and yet leaves too much unsaid.
  4. 40
    Never have a great historical hero's accomplishments seemed so inconsequential, or so damned hard to figure out.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    38
    An ambitious disaster, Alexander is the rare historical portrait that leaves you feeling as though you know less about its subject than you did upon entering the theater.
  6. This is the costliest, most logistically complex feature of the filmmaker's career, and it appears that the effort to wrangle so many beasts, from elephants to movie stars and money men, along with the headaches that come with sweeping period films, got the better of him.
  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: 48 out of 127
  2. Negative: 69 out of 127
  1. Apr 1, 2014
    10
    One of the greatest movies i have ever seen! I can't udnerstand why some many people disliked this film. It was masterpiece! I think people just don't understand the full meaning of this film. They just care about the action **** Expand
  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 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. Jan 14, 2012
    10
    This is an amazing video. Colin F makes a great job at portraying Alexander. This is how a historical movie should be made. Accuracy neatly balanced with entertainment value.

    Also an answer to the reviewer called "Christo": For someone who supposedly studied Alexander for 2 years, you have very little knowledge of Alexander and the times he lived in. This is a laugh: "You must understand that during those times, a person who loved men and women was respected greatly because he/she loved each and every single one of God's children.". God's children? Since neither Christianity or Islam had been even founded, I suppose you are either claiming that all Greeks including Alexander were, what...? Jewish? Polytheism ruled back then. There would be no "God's children". You are either very ignorant to the times of Alexander or simply trying to apply your beliefs on a time and place where that belief didn't even exist.
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  4. Nov 18, 2012
    3
    Alexander, which fails in almost every way possible, bores its viewers to death and attempts to educate them through nullified narrative more than it does to entertain them. Expand
  5. Oct 3, 2013
    3
    Intriguing cast! However it's interesting to see how much can go wrong with an interesting part of history if the storytelling doesn't work. Sadly IMO this is one of Oliver Stones weakest movies. Really boring and it takes ages to get to a point. Expand
  6. 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 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
  7. Mar 9, 2013
    0
    Stone obviously didn't spend any time on this sh*t as Alexander goes down in history as the Alexander the Never Will Be Great Film. One of the worsts of the worsts. Expand

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