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Mel Gibson, long-time heartthrob of the silver screen, came into his own as a director with Braveheart, an account of the life and times of medieval Scottish patriot William Wallace and, to a lesser degree, Robert the Bruce's struggle to unify his nation against its English oppressors. The story begins with young Wallace, whose father and brother have been killed fighting the English, being taken into the custody of his uncle, a nationalist and pre-Renaissance renaissance man. He returns twenty years later, a man educated both in the classics and in the art of war. There he finds his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"As the star of the new, epic-scaled Braveheart, Gibson celebrates yet another man of selfless valor. And as its director, he displays some daring of his own."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Mel Gibson throws his whole heart into a role. No one acts with more conviction, and his errors are honest ones."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The screenplay says repeatedly that thinking is more important than fighting, yet problems are always met with muscle-power in the movie, which wallows in violence and vengeance every chance it gets."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Well-made but uneven, Braveheart has some grand moments -- but few pertain to Gibson's less than charismatic performance as the resourceful hero."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"If you like your Hollywood to be as big, stirring and spectacular as possible, then there's no denying that Braveheart was one of the highpoints of '90s cinema."
‑ , Total Film
"A lavish, entertaining spectacle full of manly men, dastardly villains, rousing battles and women who easily see Mel's hero potential through all that messy hair."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"Braveheart has a gut-wrenching, bone-breaking, sword-thwacking verve."
‑ Anthony Puccinelli, Chicago Reader
"Braveheart is a stouthearted, old-fashioned hero movie in which honorable Scottish underdogs fight nasty British nobles. It lacks refinement, but it's a satisfying war story (and mediocre love story) in the grand Hollywood tradition."
‑ Chris Kridler, Baltimore Sun
"The movie is full of battle scenes, all of them interchangeable."
‑ Tom Gliatto, People Magazine
"It succeeds in bringing to life the reality of Scottish patriotism and brilliantly captures the spirit of revolution."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"In addition to staging battle scenes well, Gibson also manages to recreate the filth and mood of 700 years ago."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"Many movies deal with battlefield heroics. Few seriously attempt to define heroism."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Mel Gibson's Braveheart is a rousing, romantic battle epic featuring a cast of thousands, many without heads or arms."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Good acting, shotmaking and a charismatic lead role alone won't grant you a pass to Kubrick country. Nor even to Costner country."
‑ Dan Webster, Spokesman-Review (Washington)
"Completely honest, and completely eager, and subtle as an iron hammer to the skull."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
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