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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
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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. 70
    Brawny, he-man spectacle combined with a surprisingly solid story and buttressed by excellent performances.
  5. 63
    Instead of the heat of humanity, what lingers on in the mind is the cool of the computerized effects.
  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 129
  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. FabioA.
    Oct 24, 2009
    10
    Cant believe that this film is rated with a 64 review know. One of my favorites.
  3. Aug 14, 2011
    10
    The best film I've ever seen....it has the truly best making sense parts....and the honor , physical and conscience power of REAL man ,The best film I've ever seen....it has the truly best making sense parts....and the honor , physical and conscience power of REAL man , endurance, friendship , love , love of father to son- son to father, love to his family of REAL man, revenge , betrayal and etc. ....
    But just little disadvantage in this film: it may be just little long , running little more than 2 hours......
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  4. Apr 18, 2014
    9
    this is why the Romans are the longest lasting empire the values, honor and courage are bred in and even when there is no chance the fightingthis is why the Romans are the longest lasting empire the values, honor and courage are bred in and even when there is no chance the fighting spirit never gives up. Expand
  5. Nov 8, 2012
    9
    Gladiator is not only a captivating, startling historical epic, it is also exciting and entertaining.
  6. May 25, 2014
    8
    Gladiator is a masterful film from director Ridley Scott the story may be simple but its the performances of the actors that make this movieGladiator is a masterful film from director Ridley Scott the story may be simple but its the performances of the actors that make this movie excel and be considered one of the best movies of all time. Russell Crowe as Maximus was phenomenal and him winning the Best Actor Oscar was definitely a hard choice for me because he was going up against Tom Hanks in Cast Away which also had another amazing performance but him winning was the right choice. Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus was perfect because he did an amazing job for what the movie called for being a big baby with daddy issues he did do a pretty great job regardless of that though but i dont see why people love him so much in this. The action scenes are wonderfully brutal with plenty of gory deaths this movie doesnt hold back for sure. Out of everything though the best part of this movie id have to say is the Score it is simply beautiful i have listened to the it so many times it never gets old its just so peaceful if im having a bad day thats music ill listen to.

    Overall i give it a 8.5
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  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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