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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.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. 90
    A thunderous spectacle.
  2. Sentimental, overbearing, flag-waving--and a crowd-pleaser.
  3. 75
    It's big, exciting, ambitious, and it makes you cry in all the right places.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    70
    There's no denying that Emmerich's film, though a good half hour too long, keeps us watching.
  5. As a whole, though, the movie is much less magnetic or believable than its star.
  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: 18 out of 30
  2. Negative: 7 out of 30
  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

    10/10.
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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. Dec 2, 2011
    8
    Bottom Line: Mel Gibson is a powerful war hero in Roland Emmerichâ
  5. Jul 31, 2014
    5
    Don't expect to learn history with this film. "The Patriot" is a mainly action film, full of bloody fight scenes and fitting performances.Don't expect to learn history with this film. "The Patriot" is a mainly action film, full of bloody fight scenes and fitting performances. Some sequences are designed merely as tearjerkers, but there are also comic elements that counterbalance melodrama. Mel Gibson is an appropriate casting choice. Even with its flaws, it is a decent historical flick that's worth giving a try. Expand
  6. 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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  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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