Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
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  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Kridler
    63
    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.
  3. 88
    An action epic with the spirit of the Hollywood swordplay classics and the grungy ferocity of "The Road Warrior."
  4. At its best, it's an exhilaratingly grandiose Highland fling. [24 May 1995, Tempo, p.1]
  5. Braveheart features some of the most enthralling combat sequences in years, and the excessive ferocity of the violence is part of the thrill.
  6. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    70
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    70
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    60
    Never tries to confuse our loyalties or question the strategies of our hero or bring home the all-embracing soul-destroying horrors of war for all sides. Braveheart may be rip-roaring, but it isn't all that brave.
  9. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    90
    Startlingly vigorous and entertaining piece of work.
  10. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    80
    Looks like a true epic...even if it is both bloody and bloody long.
  11. 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.
  12. Braveheart comes up short by beating the drums of human treachery and violence so loudly they become assaults.
  13. Despite a formidable effort and occasional grace, there's something cowardly about Braveheart -- it's an aspiring giant with a diminutive soul.
  14. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    100
    One of the most spectacular entertainments in years.
  15. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    30
    Braveheart is too much, too late.
  16. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    60
    A massive, sweaty, frequently silly epic that nevertheless delivers enough brute pleasure to pass a rainy afternoon.
  17. 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).
  18. Reviewed by: Staff [not credited]
    80
    The sort of massive vanity piece that would be easy to disparage if it didn't essentially deliver.
  19. Reviewed by: Hal Hinson
    70
    A completely adequate modern facsimile of the classic romantic epic.
  20. A rambling disappointment.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 333 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 73
  2. Negative: 7 out of 73
  1. HeatherE
    Jan 19, 2009
    10
    A Destiny Written In A Battle For Honor-
  2. May 16, 2013
    10
    the best movie ever it was everthing good in a movie and if you give this movie lower than a 9 than you dont know good movies alright dontthe best movie ever it was everthing good in a movie and if you give this movie lower than a 9 than you dont know good movies alright dont listen to those haters to this movie mel gibson was amazing in this movie and he is the best actor ever Full Review »
  3. Jul 29, 2011
    10
    One Of The Greatest Films Ever Made In The History Of Ciema.Braveheart Is Truly A Great Film,Action Sequences Were Superb So Was Music So Was The Film