Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. 100
    Offeris an exhilarating, and occasionally touching, experience that has viewers leaving the theater caught up in an afterglow of wonder. These days, heros like William Wallace are as rare as motion picture displays of this high, uncompromising quality.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    Tempers moments of despair with deliriously romantic passages abetted by James Horner's traditionally lush score and photography by John Toll ("Legends of the Fall's" Oscar winner).
  3. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    100
    One of the most spectacular entertainments in years.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    90
    Startlingly vigorous and entertaining piece of work.
  5. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    89
    Thrilling, a grand cinematic adventure -- beautifully handled myth-making from Gibson, who, by the way, is just fine in the lead.
  6. 88
    An action epic with the spirit of the Hollywood swordplay classics and the grungy ferocity of "The Road Warrior."
  7. At its best, it's an exhilaratingly grandiose Highland fling. [24 May 1995, Tempo, p.1]
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 258 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 68
  2. Negative: 7 out of 68
  1. HeatherE
    Jan 19, 2009
    10
    A Destiny Written In A Battle For Honor-
  2. Aug 27, 2010
    5
    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
    10
    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 »