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  • Starring: ,
  • Summary: Liam Neeson and Jessica Lange battle evil landowners among the breathtaking landscapes of the majestic Scottish Highlands in this riveting adventure of courage, love and uncompromising honor. (MGM)
  • Director: Michael Caton-Jones
  • Genre(s): Action, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 139 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Powered by a Scottish writer, a Scottish director, and the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands, this is clearly a labour of love, and the passion gets right up on the screen.
  2. 88
    This is a splendid, rousing historical adventure, an example of what can happen when the best direction, acting, writing and technical credits are brought to bear on what might look like shopworn material.
  3. A rousingly square romantic epic spiced with dashes of sex and bloodlust; it's "Robin Hood" meets "The Last of the Mohicans" meets "Death Wish".
  4. Rob Roy is best watched for local color and for its hearty, hot-blooded stars.
  5. 50
    You always know where it's going even as it meanders for two and a half hours getting there.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Casting, in fact, is Rob Roy's dominant virtue, a hedge against its overlong 2 1/4-hour running time and some initial reluctance to get rolling. [7 Apr 1995, p.01.D]
  7. Neeson simply has no spark here. He is good and honest and honorable until your face turns blue. He's just no fun.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. AlanG
    Jun 25, 2010
    This is a really good movie.
  2. Sep 17, 2013
    One of the most underrated movies of the 1990s. I'm not always one for historical drama, but this is perhaps Liam Neeson's finest performance. The movie received limited attention because it followed the thematically similar and already-too-long Braveheart. That's a shame, because Rob Roy is superior to Gibson's bloated flick in virtually every respect: writing, acting, direction, and overall artistic value. It is a fine movie in the high Romantic tradition, with heart and grit, a story of honor, a tale of how genuine heroes act under trying circumstances. Sensitive audiences might want to be wary of the violence, and a rape scene. The Blu-Ray version contains significantly better graphics than the previous DVD version. Expand
  3. Sep 17, 2013
    "Rob Roy" is one of my all time favorite movies. It's about a man of integrity, strength and depth in a corrupt and shallow world. The great Liam Neeson carries the movie effortlessly on his broad shoulders. Beautiful Scottish backgrounds. A wife any man would die for. Deliciously evil and dangerous villains. Spectacular fight scenes and a great love story. What more could anyone want. Expand