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  • Summary: Before Maximus (Crowe), the heroic Roman General, can honor the wishes of his dying emperor Marcus Aurelius (Harris) by assuming the emperor's role, the emperor's cruel and corrupt son Commodus (Phoenix) orders the execution of Maximus and his family. Escaping death, Maximus assumes theBefore Maximus (Crowe), the heroic Roman General, can honor the wishes of his dying emperor Marcus Aurelius (Harris) by assuming the emperor's role, the emperor's cruel and corrupt son Commodus (Phoenix) orders the execution of Maximus and his family. Escaping death, Maximus assumes the life of an anonymous gladiator, fighting his way back to the Roman Colosseum where he seeks revenge and a return to justice for Rome. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. It's a stunning Roman triumph.
  2. 90
    Glorious, a colossus of rousing action and ferocious fun.
  3. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    84
    Combining a seething physicality with enough weary nobility and tightly checked rage for a dozen wronged heroes, (Crowe) provides the movie's vital center of gravity without looming over his co-stars.
  4. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    70
    The warm humanizing element in all the cool stuff is Crowe.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    It epitomizes the kind of high-profile bloodshed we now expect to herald the hazy, lazy, blockbuster-fixated days of summer.
  6. Like an aging athlete who knows how to husband strength and camouflage weaknesses, it makes the most of what it does well and hopes you won't notice its limitations.
  7. Friends, Washingtonians, countrymen, I come not to praise Gladiator but to bury it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 123
  1. jakep
    Dec 24, 2009
    10
    The best movie i have ever seen (and I am a film critic). It is an inspiring, mesmerizing, beautiful, action packed flick. It is about The best movie i have ever seen (and I am a film critic). It is an inspiring, mesmerizing, beautiful, action packed flick. It is about strength, honor, courage betratal, ruthlessness, survival, and even incest! This is the type of movie thatll motivate you to fight for what you live for because as gladiator said it best "what we do in life, echoes in eternity". Expand
  2. MattD
    Dec 8, 2009
    10
    You people who voted low for this film make me physically sick. what kind of twisted view must you have to not enjoy gladiator when about You people who voted low for this film make me physically sick. what kind of twisted view must you have to not enjoy gladiator when about half of these user reviews are solid tens, and the rest mostly eights and nines. if someone chose not to watch this film due to a poor metacritic score, they would clearly be sorely losing out. the best film of all time, except the truman show. Expand
  3. Nov 17, 2013
    10
    One of the best movies ever made, no one will forget this one. Gladiator is an accurate display of the struggle of gladiators and the extentOne of the best movies ever made, no one will forget this one. Gladiator is an accurate display of the struggle of gladiators and the extent of power of the Roman empire. It also shows the amount of power the emperor had and the amazing story of Maximus and his final struggle for justice. Expand
  4. Oct 31, 2011
    10
    "Gladiator" definitely is a classic-modern epic film as it combines a simple, but moving, story with beautiful scenery, filming, direction and"Gladiator" definitely is a classic-modern epic film as it combines a simple, but moving, story with beautiful scenery, filming, direction and score â Expand
  5. Dec 19, 2014
    9
    Well, Ridley Scott does it again. A fantastic movie with very well choreographed fight scenes. The excess amounts of blood are a bonus asWell, Ridley Scott does it again. A fantastic movie with very well choreographed fight scenes. The excess amounts of blood are a bonus as well. Gladiator is an overall fantastic movie featuring a top-notch performance from Russel Crowe. 9/10 (amazing) Expand
  6. Oct 8, 2014
    8
    Scott immediately and successfully portrays the brutal conquest of the Roman Empire. We feel immersed in the film’s narrative as we relate toScott immediately and successfully portrays the brutal conquest of the Roman Empire. We feel immersed in the film’s narrative as we relate to Maximus’s burning ambition to leave the Legion and return home to his family. When the Roman Emperor, Commodus, orders the death of his family he becomes so fueled by anger he loses any interesting aspects he may have developed later in the film, yet despite the lack of depth in this two dimensional character, Best Actor winner Russell Crowe delivers an outstanding performance modest enough not to outshine the other cast members. He becomes enslaved and forced to fight as a gladiator to stay alive. However, the loss of his family is not a valid enough reason for the loss of his personality yet we embrace him as the protagonist, the hero, the gladiator who will fight for Rome and its people. Expand
  7. Jul 21, 2014
    1
    Change the title to GRUMPY MAN and it will pass for an average comedy.

    And Crowe got an oscar out of the deal. Great job academy! The
    Change the title to GRUMPY MAN and it will pass for an average comedy.

    And Crowe got an oscar out of the deal. Great job academy!

    The soundtrack supplied the only clothes pins holding up this drippy crap stained sheet on the line.
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