Patton

User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 70
  2. Negative: 2 out of 70

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  1. Jayson
    Apr 8, 2005
    0
    Even more boring than The Longest Day. It made me feel like the first passengers of the demented ship from Horizon. I wanted to tear my eyes out for my own protection.
  2. May 30, 2016
    1
    I decided to watch 'Patton', the all-time favorite film of James
    Berardinelli, someone i respect a lot, and someone who has a very
    profound taste in films, which i like, i always love reading his reviews. Me, as usual going in to any movie with high hopes and high expectation, since it is the #1 film of someone i respect, but boy, o boy was i disappointed. This is a lifeless,
    I decided to watch 'Patton', the all-time favorite film of James
    Berardinelli, someone i respect a lot, and someone who has a very
    profound taste in films, which i like, i always love reading his
    reviews.

    Me, as usual going in to any movie with high hopes and high
    expectation, since it is the #1 film of someone i respect, but boy, o
    boy was i disappointed. This is a lifeless, patriotic, American piece
    of propaganda. In a very, very negative way. It has no redeeming
    qualities, and every battle scene you get showed, you don't care about
    who gets bombed and gets shot at by infantry, because everyone that
    gets killed in the battle scenes are faceless puppets, something an
    emotionally driven war picture needs.

    The whole movie is about George S. Patton, an eccentric and
    controversial American war general with a short fuse, you might think
    that will result in some fantastic scenes. No, not really. The whole
    movie is really about how great Americans are, and how great this
    maniacal war general is, showing manly decisions, epic battles (battles
    that have no gravitas at all), how great he handles everything, etc,
    etc. Each scene in 'Patton' could've easily been cut 2 to 4 minutes,
    resulting in a dragging and overlong movie with an unneeded runtime of
    172 minutes.

    All in all, i still gave 'Patton' a 1/10 because George C. Scott
    undeniably gives a powerhouse performance, and i respect Franklin J.
    Schaffner a lot, attempting to make a memorable war picture.
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Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 80
    Patton's personality--conveyed with pointed theatrical flair by George C. Scott--is registered in rich tones of grandeur and megalomania, genius and petty sadism.
  2. 88
    Not a war film so much as the story of a personality who has found the right role to play. Scott's theatricality is electrifying.
  3. The movie holds up far better than its detractors guessed - splendidly, in fact - not only thanks to Scott's spellbinding acting, but to the epic imagery, Coppola's (and Edmund North's) highly intelligent script and Schaffner's lucid, perfectly controlled direction.