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"Mongol" delves into the dramatic and harrowing early years of Genghis Khan, who was born as Temudgin in 1162. As it follows Temudgin from his perilous childhood to the battle that sealed his destiny, the film paints a multidimensional portrait of the future conqueror, revealing him not as the evil brute of hoary stereotype, but as an inspiring, fearless and visionary leader. "Mongol" shows us the making of an extraordinary man, and the foundation on which so much of his greatness rested: his relationship with his wife, Borte, his lifelong love and most trusted advisor.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"When we think of the fearsome Genghis Khan, we don't picture him as ever having been a little boy. But he must have been, and that is where this grand throwback to the sweeping historical epics of yesteryear takes up the Great Khan's story."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"The battle sequences are tremendous, and the performances are captivating, making for the sort of rousing, giant-scale entertainment that a figure as towering as Genghis Khan deserves."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A movie in which acting still prevails is Mongol. People often say, 'They don't make movies like they used to.' Maybe the Russians make movies like Hollywood used to. Mongol, photographed beautifully in Kazakhstan and the Chinese province of"
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"Visually stunning, historically interesting, and very entertaining."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Genghis Khan's lost decade fuels a handsome fantasy."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"Mongol has just enough characterization to sustain its own reason for being -- cinematic fullness."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Mongol, from its thrilling battles to its intimate romance, has the look, scale, story and feel of an old-fashioned epic in the best and biggest sense of the word."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"This would have been one of the greatest all time epics, but there were some major gaps in the story."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"It's a lumbering, emotionally cold, slow-going old-fashioned escapist sweeping biopic on the early years of Genghis Khan."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Hell has no wrath like a Khan scorned."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"A thoroughly rousing hunk of celluloid, a war saga that blends the sturdiest conventions of old-fashioned heroic storytelling with a few pixilated battle enhancements - check out the soaring blood globs - of the kind that spattered across 300."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"The action sequences here are first-rate, the performances are uniformly excellent, the cinematography as good as I've seen in any film this year."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"...probably not the movie most audiences expected."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"... Bodrov's engaging vision of Genghis Khan in several moments almost feels like the silent movie epics by the Russian cinematic pioneer Sergei Eisenstein."
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"A saga of blood feuds, betrayals, vendettas, and a lot of fighting The film is entertaining but more macho than intelligent."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
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