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The last hour of Braveheart is a bit of a slog, but youll want to sit through it just to see Gibson subject himself to the splendidly masochistic exec ..
Its an ambitious film, big on simple emotions like love, patriotism and treachery, and avoids the travelogue style of so many historical swashbucklers ..
Despite all the manly rock heaving and wound dressing, the movie will probably end up appealing mostly to women who want to see Mels bluer than blue e ..
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Hardly lacking for ambition, Mel Gibsons second directing effort represents an enormous marketing challenge due not only to its three hour length but ..
Braveheart offers three hours of harmless entertainment to the non discerning masses.
This is not for the faint of heart; parents should be aware of the high level of blood and gore and sexual elements.
The only thing missing from this set is the preview for Gibsons next film: Dead Things I Beat with a Mace and Smear Across My Hairy Catholic Chest.
He has created a completely adequate modern facsimile of the classic romantic epic.
In Braveheart, Mel Gibson plays William Wallace, a 13th century Scotsman who became a legendary freedom fighter.
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So inspiring is his message that my own girlfriend channeled it, in the warning I received prior to my reviewing the film: Youd better love it, or Ill ..
Braveheart is a great big splendorific Hollywood epic thats not exactly original or cliche free, but fairly satisfying.
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On the 10th anniversary of The Passion of The Christs release, a journalist is pleading with Hollywood to let Mel Gibson off the hook for his grievanc ..
A massive, sweaty, frequently silly epic that nevertheless delivers enough brute pleasure to pass a rainy afternoon.
The photography at the Scottish locations and special effects gore are good.
Braveheart is both thoroughly conventional and thoroughly uncompromising.
Thoughtful performances and a strong sense of family love and moral values make it an enjoyable work.
In the absence of satisfying moral dilemmas, Braveheart is an action film with an unhappy ending rather than the tragedy it would like to be.
The film repeatedly sabotages its best intentions by almost smirkingly forcing upon viewers a repugnant violence that after a while has a mechanical f ..
It succeeds in bringing to life the reality of Scottish patriotism and brilliantly captures the spirit of revolution.
But it is the most thrilling epic since Clint Eastwoods The Ballad of Josey Wales; the scope is grand and the acting ideal for the film.
Braveheart was a genre picture, a wannabe historical epic, but not a good or exciting one.
A simplistic tale of good versus evil with large quantities of heroism thrown in for good measure, it is let down by the improbable romance woven into ..
The quasi historical basis of the film sets it apart from the fantasy and whimsy that usually dominates Disney animated features, and the animators fu ..
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And in this age of franchise frenzy, the idea of five further novels being available should this one turn into a hit cant be far from its mind.
With its clashing armies, heartstopping action, and grand sense of romance, this is the sort of film its a pleasure to see and review.
The performances here are all quite good, and McGoohan makes an unexpectedly terrific nasty villain.
The story of William Wallace, the 13th century Scottish national hero, is obviously something Gibson, Bravehearts director and star, feels strongly ab ..
Braveheart is a huge historical epic directed by Gibson with a well balanced blend of romantic and documentary styles.
As a filmmaker, he lacks the epic gift, but the movie, scripted by Randall (no relation) Wallace, works on a fairly basic level as a hiss the English ..
And whats brave about the documentary is that it never backs off from digging deeper into the emotional life of its fascinating subject.
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But what makes it most interesting, ultimately, is the uniqueness of its subject, the intensity of its treatment.
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The battle scenes are certainly spectacular affairs and Gibson displays a masterful control of scenes involving thousands of extras.
But if the powerfully gritty Braveheart lacks finesse, it is far from crude.
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It lacks refinement, but its a satisfying war story (and mediocre love story) in the grand Hollywood tradition.
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Despite the remarkable scope and superb on location backdrop of this high quality production, a running time of just under three hours is far too long ..
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Despite some obvious excesses and a few notable flaws, Braveheart is a brawny, heart pulsing and intelligent work that bears worthy comparison to such ..
Gibson hews to a style that is visually elaborate without ever being visually complicated, scraping away the traces of any irony or dimension from eve ..
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It is genuinely stirring and exciting in its primitivity, though it no doubt helps to have Y chromosomes to think so.Its also genuinely savage, someth ..
Only the business of battle brings forth rousing adventure and buckets of blood. For the most part, the direction and violence are excessive.
The graphic battles may grow repetitious toward the end, the final scenes are almost sadistically drawn out, and the script often lacks humor.But this ..
The first hour should have been trimmed up a bit though; the three hour running time is unneccesary.
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Its sad that Paramount Pictures which has many gay employees has stooped to release such a flawed work of bigotry and forced them to stand behind it.
Braveheart is a big, strapping medieval sword and arrow movie with more fighting than romance, a surprising abundance of lush and sensuous imagery con ..
It boasts the sweep and scale of an epic, and yet it retains a heart that beats to the rhythm of its subject.
All reports on the death of the historical spectacle, however, have been premature. The genre is back with Braveheart, a film in which 3,000 extras pa ..
This is not over played but it is expressed with suitable quiet venom.
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