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  • Summary: In this story of the American Revolution, Gibson plays a pacifist turned warrior. Gibson joins his son (Ledger) in a bitter and personal battle for independence after experiencing the iron fist of a cold-blooded British officer.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. 90
    This bloody celebration finally gives the American Revolution the epic it deserves.
  2. 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.
  3. If Emmerich had any sense, he would have ceded the direction of the battle scenes to his star.
  4. Mostly, the movie is riveting, well-done fare -- the stuff of Hollywood epic adventure.
  5. Far from the smart historical epic some might have expected, is just another feisty summer shoot-'em-up.
  6. 60
    Shamelessly stirring, brandishing Mr. Gibson's anguished masculinity like a musket. It may be effective, but you leave the theater feeling used.
  7. 38
    Overblown sanctimony and sentimentalism as corny as the Fourth of July.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 29
  2. Negative: 7 out of 29
  1. Aug 19, 2014
    10
    Such a great movie the story is awesome alot of action and every fight scene is dramatic the characters are great Mel gibson and Jason issacsSuch a great movie the story is awesome alot of action and every fight scene is dramatic the characters are great Mel gibson and Jason issacs are both really great actors who made this movie alot better! one of my favorite movies of all time! Expand
  2. Jul 29, 2011
    10
    The Best Roland Emmerich Film.The Best Film On American War Of Independence The Best Acting Work Of Mel Gibson Overall The Patriot Is A GreatThe Best Roland Emmerich Film.The Best Film On American War Of Independence The Best Acting Work Of Mel Gibson Overall The Patriot Is A Great Film.Definitely In My Top 10

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  3. Aug 24, 2014
    9
    One of the most spectacular depictions of early wartime America. Roland Emmerich creates an inspiring epic. Not often does a story andOne of the most spectacular depictions of early wartime America. Roland Emmerich creates an inspiring epic. Not often does a story and performance allow us to deem a fictional character a true hero. We must thank Mel Gibson for that. On top of that, Jason Isaacs proves himself as one of the most treacherous villains. Expand
  4. CRL
    Sep 28, 2011
    5
    The Patriot is a little too long, a little too predictable, a little too ahistorical, and a little too focused on bloody battles,The Patriot is a little too long, a little too predictable, a little too ahistorical, and a little too focused on bloody battles, revenge-fueled plot lines, and slow-motion fights to be truly enjoyable. However the excellent performances turned in by all of its actors (especially Jason Isaacs) and it's occasionally enjoyable cinematography make it a watchable yet typical Mel Gibson flick. Expand
  5. 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. Expand
  6. 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. Expand
  7. PaulH
    Oct 14, 2005
    0
    I really really hated this movie, that's the only thing i can even think to say about it.

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