The Patriot

Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35

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Critic Reviews

  1. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    90
    A thunderous spectacle.
  2. 90
    This bloody celebration finally gives the American Revolution the epic it deserves.
  3. 80
    Doesn't try too hard to be anything other than a vicarious experience that makes you crave the satisfaction you know you'll get when the hero gets his revenge.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    It has everything you want in an epic: sweep, scope, wild reversals of fortune and plenty of bold, basic emotions.
  5. Sentimental, overbearing, flag-waving--and a crowd-pleaser.
  6. If Emmerich had any sense, he would have ceded the direction of the battle scenes to his star.
  7. Has a flag-waving dumbness at its core.
  8. 75
    It is rousing and entertaining, and you get your money's worth.
  9. 75
    It's big, exciting, ambitious, and it makes you cry in all the right places.
  10. What might have been a treat for history buffs and a refresher course for the rest of us turns into just another occasion to watch Gibson shoot guns, swing tomahawks, and wreak other kinds of havoc on enemies we've been primed to hate.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    Emmerich might have had a masterpiece, but he'll have to settle for what comes close to being a must-see movie today.
  12. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    It's often corny, but it's never boring, and it'll sweep you up in its momentum if you give it a chance.
  13. The best movie I've seen about the Revolutionary War.
  14. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    It's depressing that this first movie in years to dramatize the American Revolution has so little to do with the politics of secession and so much to do with pop-culture themes of vigilantism.
  15. Mostly, the movie is riveting, well-done fare -- the stuff of Hollywood epic adventure.
  16. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    Has some emotional pull and isn't stuffy and dull.
  17. 70
    Only so much (pop)cornball tubthumping, a sweeping, occasionally stirring, always gorgeous bit of action-figure history.
  18. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    There's no denying that Emmerich's film, though a good half hour too long, keeps us watching.
  19. "We, the people" have never been big fans of movies about the American Revolutionary War. The Patriot, however, appears to be the movie that will break that historical jinx.
  20. It's a death-wish revenge thriller posing as a lavishly pastoral historical epic.
  21. Far from the smart historical epic some might have expected, is just another feisty summer shoot-'em-up.
  22. As a whole, though, the movie is much less magnetic or believable than its star.
  23. While the film contains some terrific, realistically bloody battle scenes, it has a distinctly Germanic feel, both in its epic heaviness and in the peculiar way it revises the history of the American Revolution.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 114 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 33
  2. Negative: 8 out of 33
  1. JonA
    Oct 14, 2005
    1
    The dialog is so embarressingly corny that my father and i laughed at scenes that were suppose to be heartbreaking. some of the action scenes The dialog is so embarressingly corny that my father and i laughed at scenes that were suppose to be heartbreaking. some of the action scenes were alright looking but we've seen it all before, truly awful. Full Review »
  2. Jun 3, 2013
    3
    I can't believe people think this is good. Acting wasnt great moments are stretched and I felt like I was watching a soap opera. Every sceneI can't believe people think this is good. Acting wasnt great moments are stretched and I felt like I was watching a soap opera. Every scene has someone crying. By the end of it I was bored. Full Review »
  3. Apr 25, 2013
    2
    Director Roland Emmerich plus music by John "The Big Schmaltzy" Williams plus screenwriter Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) plus Mel GibsonDirector Roland Emmerich plus music by John "The Big Schmaltzy" Williams plus screenwriter Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) plus Mel Gibson equals Overblown Hollywood Wanna-Be Epic

    There was so much slow motion in this film that if the director had shot the scenes in real time, this 2 hour and 45 minutes of torture would have ran (mercifully) about 12 minutes.
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