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Based on 37 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 6 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Gibson has made a film of blunt provocation and bruising beauty. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Yet Apocalypto has to be respected for the sheer audacity of it, for the commitment and ambition behind it, and for its presentation of a complete other world. It is the furthest thing from a cynical or casual piece of work. It's crazy, and it moves. show more

  • 38
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The movie is so impressionistic, it obfuscates any sense of history. We expect at least a hint at the causes of the Mayan Empire's demise, but instead we get Mesoamerican Rambo. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    By the end I felt sure it was the most obsessively, graphically violent film I'd ever seen, but equally sure that Apocalypto is a visionary work with its own wild integrity. And absolutely, positively convinced that seeing it once is enough for one lifetime. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The heart of the matter - and the viscera - is the action, and one man's determination to survive. Apocalypto is primal. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Apocalypto exists solely as an action-adventure and a deft cinematic demonstration of man's capacity for cruelty. This is the true passion of Mel. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The guy knows how to make a heart-pounding movie; he just happens to be a cinematic sadist. show more

  • 88
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Awe-inspiring and harrowing, vile and beautiful, as wild and mesmerizing as the Mexican jungle in which it is filmed and one of the most relentlessly thrilling films of the year. show more

  • 88
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Barbarously beautiful and gut-wrenchingly (literally) violent, it's a mesmerizing vision of the past refracted through the dark obsessions of the present. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The best thing I can say about Apocalypto is that, despite belonging to an overpopulated genre, it's unlike any other movie to reach theaters this year and, because it is as visual an experience as it is visceral, it is best seen on a large screen. show more

  • March 07, 2012 rocnrlr
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    brilliant and VERY realistic!

  • January 03, 2012 Vic
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    One of the best movies I have ever watched. Funny, sad, exciting, this moviie has it all. Great acting by Rudy and all the cast.

  • June 08, 2010 drarthurwells
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    An outstanding work. Mel Gibson's masterpiece. Not for those with anxiety over violent displays, however. Aggression-phobics will find it distasteful. Explores the essence of human personality without the overlay of artificial, culturally-imposed, refinement. If you realistically accept aggression as an immutable aspect of nature you will be able to appreciate this film as a masterwork. See BMW15AE's user's review.

  • January 01, 2010 atuu
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    Apocalypto,. I was traveling overseas when I aw it. At least half a dozen times. It became more profound and spiritually insightful, with each viewing.

  • July 05, 2008 OMGxhulia
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  • June 09, 2008 BMW15AE
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    It feels like something is gripping your throat and won't let go. It dosn't hurt though. That is how much it has you at the edge of your seat. From many unpredictable and heart-racing scenes to short quiet and content ones, this is truly a masterpeice. Gibson's fascinating story showing you a world before Columbus, a world where people follow the Earth’s natural cycle and let the environment do it's own thing.

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