|Paramount Pictures | Release Date: May 24, 1995||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
Startlingly vigorous and entertaining piece of work.
At its best, it's an exhilaratingly grandiose Highland fling. [24 May 1995, Tempo, p.1]
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.
The graphic battles may grow repetitious toward the end, the final scenes are almost sadistically drawn out, and the script often lacks humor. But this movie moves.
His film would benefit from more subtlety and tighter editing, but as both director and star, Gibson takes the story by the hilt and plunges forward, as single-minded as Wallace screaming into battle.
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