Rob Roy
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The 18th century Scottish legend of Robert Roy MacGregor comes to life in this stylish adaptation of the swashbuckling novel by Sir Walter Scott. Liam Neeson stars as the title character, a cattle drover and proud head of a Highlands clan who takes a one thousand pound loan from the royal Marquis of Montrose (John Hurt) in order to make a profit on some livestock that will keep his struggling people alive through the coming winter. One of the Marquis' henchmen, wily expert swordsman Archibald Cunningham (Tim Roth) learns of the loan from the nobleman's factor, Killearn (Brian Cox), and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rob Roy has its diversions, but they are unfortunately outweighed by some heavy baggage that contains not enough of substance."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"With such a cast and the setting of the Highlands, plus a story with a gold mine of dramatic potential, it is a puzzle why Rob Roy is so uninvolving."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Where Braveheart was a guts-and-glory battlefield hymn to fortitude, Rob Roy is a more personal, more intelligent, and more wrenching exploration of honor, honesty, and loyalty."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"In their devotion, fiery love scenes, and mutual respect, Neeson and Lange have made marriage more appealing and admirable than any movie has in years."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Contains one of the best cinematic swordfights ever. Incredible flick."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Neeson makes a less dashing action hero than did Day-Lewis, but he brings enough gravitas to his role to endow his love for his wife Mary (Lange) and his conflict with Cunningham with real emotional punch."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"You always know where it's going even as it meanders for two and a half hours getting there."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Rob Roy benefits from a smart script and fine performances by art house regulars Tim Roth and Eric Stoltz, as well as Hollywood stars Liam Neeson and Jessica Lange."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The best HEAVY sword fight sequence ever filmed."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Splendid performances, smashing action"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Rob Roy is best watched for local color and for its hearty, hot-blooded stars."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"No more than moderately satisfying."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"This historical epic is slightly anachronistic, but the acting of Liam Neeson in the lead and especially Tim Roth as the villain is excellent."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Good movie, great sword fights"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"A fine translation of the Scottish legend, infinitely superior to the ham-handed Braveheart."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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