Braveheart

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Universal acclaim- based on 384 Ratings

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  • Summary: Scottish national hero Sir William Wallace (Gibson), leads a 13th-century rebellion against landowning English nobles.

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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. 89
    Thrilling, a grand cinematic adventure -- beautifully handled myth-making from Gibson, who, by the way, is just fine in the lead.
  4. 70
    A completely adequate modern facsimile of the classic romantic epic.
  5. Film.com
    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.
  6. Baltimore Sun
    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.
  7. A rambling disappointment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 75
  2. Negative: 7 out of 75
  1. HeatherE
    Jan 19, 2009
    10
    A Destiny Written In A Battle For Honor-
  2. May 9, 2014
    10
    A masterpiece. Makes me feel an entire range of emotions. It made me laugh, cry and cheer on William Wallace and there resistance as they wentA masterpiece. Makes me feel an entire range of emotions. It made me laugh, cry and cheer on William Wallace and there resistance as they went into battle. It has everything a good film should contain and it's damn entertaining for 3 hour flick. One of the best film ever, a must see. Expand
  3. DaveW.
    Mar 8, 2006
    10
    Absolutly amazing!! a true patriotic film, every time i return to scotland and every hogmany festivle we watch this, iv never seen so many Absolutly amazing!! a true patriotic film, every time i return to scotland and every hogmany festivle we watch this, iv never seen so many grown men cry at the end of a film! Expand
  4. Jun 24, 2015
    10
    Saw this on pay per view when I was about 16 years old, and it's still as good as it was then, in 1995. I'm not sure why people give such lowSaw this on pay per view when I was about 16 years old, and it's still as good as it was then, in 1995. I'm not sure why people give such low scores for no reason, such as historical inaccuracies, when it's a frickin movie. If you want to see a historical biography go watch the History channel or something. This movie has great music (RIP Horner), action, and emtion, and is probably the best medieval movie ever made (Gladiator does not beat this). Expand
  5. [Anonymous]
    Nov 17, 2005
    8
    The battles are suprisingly good, even without CGI, and the violence is satisfying. It's more about standing up for ideals, the The battles are suprisingly good, even without CGI, and the violence is satisfying. It's more about standing up for ideals, the difficulties of doing so, and how your ideals influence others, which is pretty interesting and refers to even today's situations. It doesn't always resonate as it should, though, and LOTR has bypassed this epic in almost every category, but Braveheart is still a strong entry in the genre. Expand
  6. Dec 3, 2014
    8
    mel gibson gives the performance of his carrer in this unforgettable classic. The movie will give you goosebumps and man who wants a basicmel gibson gives the performance of his carrer in this unforgettable classic. The movie will give you goosebumps and man who wants a basic easy life ends up fighting against the english with his fello scots for scotland to be free Expand
  7. BobS.
    Jun 23, 2006
    1
    1 for cheek. Ludicrous - Mel Gibson should not be allowed out with millions of dollars to spend without proper guidance.

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