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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Apocalypto demonstrates two things: that Mel Gibson is a hell of a filmmaker and that his imaginative world borders on the Neanderthal."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"[Gibson] has learned how to tell a tale, and to raise a pulse in the telling. You have to admire that basic gift, uncommon as it is in Hollywood these days, though equally you have to ask what obsessions goad it on."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"A quite exciting spectacle based on a racist version of indigenous history, one in which the genocidal conquistadors are the New World's liberators."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Ignore Apocalypto's symbolic hubbub and instead view it for Gibson's perverse sense of entertainment. His passionate spectacle of human destruction and doom packs a terrific visceral punch."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"All in all Apocalypto is probably Gibson's best film to date, because it's almost free of any of Hollywood's tainting."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This is by no means a boring film, then, but it is a grotesque one, and that brings it pretty close to camp."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"Mel Gibson is a real artist as a director."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Apocalypto isn't simply an effective movie, but an immensely powerful one: a benchmark and a foresight seemingly all rolled into one."
‑ David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org
"Shot with digital camera on location in Mexico, Mel Gibson has created a visually stunning action/adventure epic that although has divided many with its historical accuracy, has spared no expense in bringing life to a world before European colonization."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Mel Gibson follows up "The Passion of the Christ," his entrée into directing schlock B-move horror films with high production values, with an even more gory study into bodily torture and death."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"As a piece of filmmaking it's certainly strong enough to restore his commercial viability. Whether that's to the good is another question entirely."
‑ Tom Charity, CNN.com
"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Damn if the movie, through Mel's sheer determination, doesn't almost turn from a fight-n-flight gore fest into a moving meditation on a civilisation in the throes of decline. Almost."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"Nothing if not visceral"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The middle of the film, though, finds Gibson at his sadistic best, depicting monumental savagery with a surreal cinematic glee that puts the Apocalypse in Apocalypto."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
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