Gladiator (1992)

When his father's gambling debts force Tommy Riley (James Marshall) and his family to move from the suburbs to inner-city Chicago, he must struggle to earn the respect of his peers. When the promise of money to ease his father's… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 26, 2000
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

Marshall makes a promising feature debut; and Herrington, pushing beyond the expected triumph-of-the-underdog clichés, underpins the crowd-pleasing Rocky-style fight action with some unobtrusive social comment and confident visual storytelling.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Let's make things perfectly clear. Gladiator is utter trash masquerading as an action picture with a message.

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Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

I prefer the remake.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

The mixture may be slightly unexpected, but it still manages to be predictable all the way.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

The screenplay, contrived to suit the genre, is likewise replete with stock characters.

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Scott Weinberg

Standard "boxing will keep you off the mean streets where you'll be shot" story.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The idea of the Dennehy's illegal boxing arena is a storytelling masterstroke; it explains the small crowds at the same time it permits the boxers to fight dirty.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Gladiator is filmmaking by the numbers, if a particularly glossily executed package

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
How did I miss this 1992 gem?! Very impressive performances from Cuba Gooding Jr, James Marshall, and Brian Dennehy. An underrated gem that explores the… More
EightThirty .
Good film...Good Drama ^_^
Jason Owens
Tommy Riley (James Marshall) goes to a different school and is immediately bullied around and threatened by several of the school's students. After getting… More
Dean McKenna
Great illegal boxing sequences.
Alexander Wilson
I really liked this film, it was a good film that got better, and in the end failed to make me sad, good ending!
Lee Kyle
Great boxing flick that doesn't seem to make it on the tube that often. If you are a boxing fan then i suggest you have a look at this if you can. Good… More