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Based on 20 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 50
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Braveheart comes up short by beating the drums of human treachery and violence so loudly they become assaults. show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Tempers moments of despair with deliriously romantic passages abetted by James Horner's traditionally lush score and photography by John Toll ("Legends of the Fall's" Oscar winner). show more

  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Offeris an exhilarating, and occasionally touching, experience that has viewers leaving the theater caught up in an afterglow of wonder. These days, heros like William Wallace are as rare as motion picture displays of this high, uncompromising quality. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    An action epic with the spirit of the Hollywood swordplay classics and the grungy ferocity of "The Road Warrior." show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    At its best, it's an exhilaratingly grandiose Highland fling. [24 May 1995, Tempo, p.1] show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Despite a formidable effort and occasional grace, there's something cowardly about Braveheart -- it's an aspiring giant with a diminutive soul. show more

  • 63
    Baltimore Sun

    His film would benefit from more subtlety and tighter editing, but as both director and star, Gibson takes the story by the hilt and plunges forward, as single-minded as Wallace screaming into battle. show more

  • 90
    Mr. Showbiz

    Startlingly vigorous and entertaining piece of work. show more

  • 60
    Frank Lovece TV Guide

    A massive, sweaty, frequently silly epic that nevertheless delivers enough brute pleasure to pass a rainy afternoon. show more

  • 89
    Austin Chronicle

    Thrilling, a grand cinematic adventure -- beautifully handled myth-making from Gibson, who, by the way, is just fine in the lead. show more

  • March 17, 2011 studionut
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    How can someone not enjoy this movie? It was one of the BEST movies of all time. It had everything you could ever want in a movie. Romance, battle, drama, comedy...amazing cinimatography. I'm still trying to figure out how someone who says the movie was amazing rated it as a 1 star. I think that is a mistake. It is clear of their knowledge of the movie states they thought it was and is one of the best movies of all time! True it doesn't reallly follow true history time line but, who cares really? It made me laugh it made me cry and to this day I'll watch it as a great stress relief! LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!

  • December 29, 2010 kairp1
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    This is one of the best movie's of all time. I thought that the acting was so amazing. The characters were sometimes humorous and amazing. Also, it is one of the best movies ever made that is based on true events. Braveheart is a must see.

  • December 28, 2010 Weston
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  • January 20, 2009 Hme7499
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    A Destiny Written In A Battle For Honor- “Braveheart” is a great story directed and portrayed by Mel Gibson as the romantic hero, William Wallace. He does a spectacular job of showing the viewers his courage and the real meaning of a romantic hero that the media lacks today. In this story of battle and passion William Wallace leads his army through series of successful battles against the British armies. He uses his natural intuition to prevail in these situations. Through being the hero that he is, Wallace must endure the loss of his wife and fighting for the freedom of his country. The quest Wallace is truly searching for is not for triumphant battle or the title of a king, but just that of peace with a family of his own. After being blackmailed by Bruce, the great hero is captured. After being held hostage he is brought before a crowd and is slain in a way very symbolic to Jesus. This makes the viewer even more sympathetic for the romantic hero. It also builds the love for the strength of the hero when Wallace would never give a cry of mercy, his only plea is a shout of “FREEDOM”, which is one of the most heartbreaking moments in the film. In the conclusion of the film it is shown how much of an impact our hero had. The armies chant “Wallace” and gain the freedom they have fought for from the English. Even though the movie does not follow exact timeline and factual details it is an amazing plot that sets a high standard for any war movie to ever follow.

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