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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
    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
    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: 49 out of 128
  2. Negative: 69 out of 128
  1. Apr 1, 2014
    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. EduardoR.
    Nov 8, 2005
    A brilliant film. Epic and well made.
  3. JessiH.
    Dec 29, 2005
    I loved it. To fully appreciate this, you need to enjoy history, have an open mind, and actually be able to *pay* *attention* to what the 'characters' are saying. Alexander did a *lot,* and Stone is trying to include as much as he can, coherently, to give us the best picture all around of who Alexander really was. And I think that for the most part he did a really good job of acheiving this. I don't care how they marketed the film. I do, however, think that they should have gotten linguistic coaches for their actors in major roles - you cannot have what sounds like a Scottish Crateros, an Irish Alexander, etc. - it takes the viewers out of the movie enough for them to have to tell themselves to ignore that element (and can annoy many people throughout). I really enjoyed this; but I also happen to be the kind of person that loves long movies, enjoys history, has an open mind, and pays attention to what's being said and not said by the characters. Expand
  4. Jun 8, 2013
    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
  5. Dec 16, 2010
    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!!!!!!!!!
  6. JK
    Sep 6, 2005
    It's absolutely dredful. Actors, dialogues, sets, this film is a shame. Oliver Stone is no Riddle Scott.
  7. SteveC.
    Jun 18, 2008
    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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