Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Braveheart is too much, too late.
  2. A rambling disappointment.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 294 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 68
  2. Negative: 7 out of 68
  1. HeatherE
    Jan 19, 2009
    A Destiny Written In A Battle For Honor-
  2. Aug 27, 2010
    As far as epics go, Mel Gibson aims for a sprawling vision in the likes of David Lean. However, by putting antics before aesthetics, 'Braveheart' is at its core not much more than a glorified melodrama - not necessarily a bad thing (it just makes the surplus of sentimental moments painful to sit through) Full Review »
  3. chw
    Sep 14, 2014
    Braveheart was amazing. Not at all a waste of time, even coming from Mel Gibson, who stars and directs the film. He's definitely done his very best here. Full Review »