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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 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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  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. Positive: 99 out of 116
  2. Negative: 11 out of 116
  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 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. Feb 13, 2011
    10
    Best of all time: Lead actor (Rusell Crowe) Soundtrack (Hans Zimmer) Screenplay (Ridley Scott) Suport actor (Joaquin Phoenix) This movie is definetly my favourite movie of all time!! Expand
  3. Mar 22, 2014
    10
    to this day I still think this is the best movie that has ever been made, I love this film and I don't see that changing with all these terrible films that are coming out, if you have not seen this film you need to Expand
  4. Nov 5, 2011
    10
    It is best movie i ever watch. aswm dialogues,screen play is good. One of the rarest movies.
    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
  5. Taylor
    Nov 27, 2005
    9
    I think this movie is amazing it is packed with action and it is just an awsome story. Th only problem is that the beginning is kind of boring.
  6. chw
    Sep 14, 2014
    8
    Gladiator was pretty good. Almost reminded me of Braveheart, which is why I gave it an 8. Atleast it wasn't a total rip-off like the dreadful Pompeii was. 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
    soundtrack supplied the only clothes pins holding up this drippy crap stained sheet on the line. Expand

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