The whole enterprise rests on Mr. Crowe's armor-clad shoulders, and he carries it remarkably well. show more
Emphasizing brawn over brain and spectacle over intimacy, Ridley Scott's Gladiator nevertheless is an impressive accomplishment in its re-creation not only of the golden age of the Roman Empire but of the unspeakable brutality with which one of the world's greatest states conducted its business. show more
It's a stunning Roman triumph.