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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: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 7 out of 26
  1. May 26, 2011
    The greatest movie i have ever seen Great cast Great STORY Great action AND drama !!!! well DONE one of my favourites! it is phenomenal, fantastic and surprisingly a GREAT romance between the two characters!!! Expand
  2. Jul 29, 2011
    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 Great Film.Definitely In My Top 10

  3. Jul 18, 2013
    A very well written script full of emotional context and intensity that makes it all feel real. The acting in this film is applaudable and the music is sensational (John Williams does it full of heart and patriotism). The film is beautifully filmed and really makes you appreciate the sacrifices of the people who helped form this amazing free country. Amazing film. Best historical war film out there. Expand
  4. Dec 2, 2011
    Bottom Line: Mel Gibson is a powerful war hero in Roland Emmerichâ
  5. CRL
    Sep 28, 2011
    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
  6. Jun 3, 2013
    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 scene has someone crying. By the end of it I was bored. Expand
  7. Nov 23, 2011
    Totally predictable "one man's revenge" melodrama plot. Some outrageous moments that are so hard to swallow, and are obviously designed to tug at the patriotic heart strings of Americans. The dialogue was horribly written and so obviously scripted you could tell even the best of actors were struggling to deliver it convincingly. Almost no attention is paid through the entire movie to fleshing out the characters beyond a bit of their back stories and roles in the film. Heath Ledger is completely wasted in this thing, and Mel Gibson delivers the same bland performance as he does in any other movie; in fact during an ambush scene in the forest, I had trouble telling his character apart from the trees, his performance was that wooden.

    The movie relies on so painfully obvious set ups, story twists and cringe worthy cliches, that it makes you want to stop the movie so you can go to the bathroom and vomit. A complete disservice to the memory of the Revolutionaries. Congratulations, George Washington, you and your men's cause has been boiled down to a pathetic, cliched, pandering, unconvincing, shocking manipulative excuse for a film. Roland Emerich, stop making movies. You cannot direct.

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