Patton

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Universal acclaim- based on 71 Ratings

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  • Summary: This Academy Award-winning biography of American General George S. Patton chronicles the general's wartime activities and accomplishments, beginning with his entry into the North African campaign and ending with his removal from command after his outspoken criticism of US post-war military strategy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 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.
  2. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    100
    Still mesmerizes on the strength of George C. Scott's chew-your-behind performance. [5 Nov. 1999, p.6E]
  3. 100
    Patton remains to this day one of Hollywood's most compelling biographical war pictures.
  4. Patton is a war movie of unusual depth and a landmark in screen biographies.
  5. A huge, initially ambivalent but finally adoring, Pop portrait of one of the most brilliant and outrageous American military figures of the last one hundred years.
  6. 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.
  7. George C. Scott's Oscar-winning portrait of the megalomaniacal warrior general is still the glue holding together this blunt study of war as the ultimate human (and dehumanizing) game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Nov 29, 2015
    10
    The Allies won WW2 but we don't know that much about the details. This movie fleshes out one of the more famous (the M-48 tank is called theThe Allies won WW2 but we don't know that much about the details. This movie fleshes out one of the more famous (the M-48 tank is called the Patton) generals. He's egotistical, tactless, and probably got a lot of soldiers killed. But in a war to decide who was going to rule the world, he was our "go to" guy. I've seen a few documentaries about 1944; the mood of the people was turning anti-war; kind of like the Vietnam protests. We might have made peace with Nazi Germany and the Japanese empire rather than getting their surrender. What would the world look like now? I don't have many DVDs but this one is in my collection. Expand
  2. Riren
    Jan 10, 2007
    10
    A movie that is guaranteed to grow less popular as the years pass and all things war become less acceptable - a positive notion for society, A movie that is guaranteed to grow less popular as the years pass and all things war become less acceptable - a positive notion for society, but an unfortunate one for film. Scott delivers the performance of a lifetime, fully embracing the geniune and outrageous character of General George S. Patton. Much like GANDHI, PATTON focuses very little of the childhood or development phases of its title character, instead thrusting us towards a truly memorable and perplexing human. This story is very thoughtful and driven by dialogue, without much in the way of baseness or bloody action; indeed there is more screentime devoted to the fatigue and damage done by war than to battle. Again like GANDHI, this film avoids criticizing its focal character, and tries to make its audience sympathize with whatever flaws or shortcomings it reveals about him. Really, the only difference between these two biopics (which are quite possibly the two best biographical films in the English language) is their main character's compulsion towards an end; Gandhi driven for peace, and Patton lusting for war. Do not expect PATTON to flinch; to its final scenes, it will not concede that the insensitivity and battle-pride of its main character are wrong. The best it will do is thankfully suggest that people such as Patton are a rare and increasingly unnecessary breed. The score is moving, the settings feel startlingly authentic (especially in contrast to contemporary film's green screen fetish), and the direction is unwaveringly thoughtful. This is a war movie for people who think, and thinking people need to see this movie. Expand
  3. Mithyus
    Apr 1, 2007
    10
    The myth of Patton is brilliantly presented, and while it develops controversal ideals, those are shown in the most human of the ways.
  4. RickJ
    May 9, 2008
    9
    I saw this for the first time this weekend. Excellent movie with top notch acting. It definitely makes me want to research more into the I saw this for the first time this weekend. Excellent movie with top notch acting. It definitely makes me want to research more into the North Africa campaign during WW II. Expand
  5. Aug 26, 2010
    9
    George C. Scott's portrayal of the WWII General George Patton is a sight to behold, and it's really his performance that drives the wholeGeorge C. Scott's portrayal of the WWII General George Patton is a sight to behold, and it's really his performance that drives the whole movie - not at all a bad thing. Expand
  6. Aug 14, 2010
    8
    Patton was a despicable, gritty, SOB that helped America defeat the Nazis. Scott absolutely nails the performance and shows the many sides ofPatton was a despicable, gritty, SOB that helped America defeat the Nazis. Scott absolutely nails the performance and shows the many sides of this complicated man. Expand
  7. 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
    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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