Gladiator
Gladiator (2000)

A man robbed of his name and his dignity strives to win them back, and gain the freedom of his people, in this epic historical drama from director Ridley Scott. In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) throws… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 21, 2000
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Ridley Scott and an excellent cast successfully convey the intensity of Roman gladitorial combat as well as the political intrigue brewing beneath.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Gladiator is a triumph. On the surface, it's a terrific yarn with strong, rounded characters, agonizing suspense and visceral thrills. Look closer and you'll find rich historical themes, and a harrowing critique of violence as amusement.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

If there's a soft spot in your heart for the sword-&-sandal epic, then you'll swoon with giddy delight over Gladiator.

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David Stratton
sbs.com.au

The journey of Maximus, from triumph on the battlefield through despair and degradation in slavery and then to a final epiphany in the Colosseum is an exciting one - and Russell Crowe plays the character with considerable toughness and authority.

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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly

Gladiator is filled with brilliant filmmaking and features outstanding performances, but it's neither profound enough nor pop enough to be great -- it's mournful, serious, beautiful and, finally, pointless.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Crowe doesn't use tricks in this role to court our approval. He earns it the old-fashioned way, by daring to be quiet, if not silent, and intensely, implacably strong.

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Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

Gladiator has the distinction of being both timely and nostalgic.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Ridley Scott thrusts us so close to the combat that all we see is a lot of whirling and thrashing, a sword thrust here and there, a spurt of blood, a limb severed. There's hardly a scene that is cleanly and coherently staged in open space.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

The fusion of the ancient and the modern -- even to the point of some sly echoes of our own sports-mad society -- is seamless. Gladiator does indeed deliver the glory that was Rome, but it also clinically dissects the assumptions on which it was built.

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Derek Malcolm
Screen International

This may be fundamentally Saturday night entertainment, but Scott attempts rather more than that on occasion, and at least succeeds in creating a memorable sense of a dark and often frightening period of time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
An masterfully constructed epic concerning a general (Russell Crowe) of the Roman Army, next in line to be emperor thanks to his strong relationship to the… More
Cynthia S.
Fantastic movie. Greatness throughout...
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xGary Xx
Ridley Scott's modern classic may take a lot of cues from the likes of Spartacus and Ben Hur, but in many ways it surpasses them. The thrilling combat… More
Bruce Bruce
Most films require that the viewer identifies with the character to truly be engrossed with the film. If you can't feel something for the character, than… More
Film Crazy
Visually stunning, Russell Crowe looks fantastic and the battles are epic however for a 3hr movie it does struggle to keep my interest. Having about 30minutes… More