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Based on 35 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A thunderous spectacle. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The film is long, empty and bogus. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Emmerich might have had a masterpiece, but he'll have to settle for what comes close to being a must-see movie today. show more

  • 75
    Desmond Ryan Philadelphia Inquirer

    If Emmerich had any sense, he would have ceded the direction of the battle scenes to his star. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Far from the smart historical epic some might have expected, is just another feisty summer shoot-'em-up. show more

  • 44
    Michael Atkinson Mr. Showbiz

    Whatever extraordinary ingredients are necessary to fashion a 1776 home run, this movie doesn't have them. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It is rousing and entertaining, and you get your money's worth. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    What might have been a treat for history buffs and a refresher course for the rest of us turns into just another occasion to watch Gibson shoot guns, swing tomahawks, and wreak other kinds of havoc on enemies we've been primed to hate. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    It's big, exciting, ambitious, and it makes you cry in all the right places. show more

  • 75
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    It's often corny, but it's never boring, and it'll sweep you up in its momentum if you give it a chance. show more

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