The Patriot
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Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the director/producer team responsible for such sci-fi blockbusters as Independence Day, Stargate, and Godzilla, take a step back in time with this drama set during the American Revolution. Farmer Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) was born and raised in South Carolina, and fought bravely during the French-Indian wars. But since the death of his wife, Benjamin has renounced violence and quietly tends his crops, raising his seven children alone. In 1776, over Benjamin's objections, his oldest son Gabriel (Heath Ledger) joins the fight against the British. Gabriel… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Emmerich's battle scenes may look authentic to anyone who has ever stared hard at a history book, but in every other way the film is long, empty and bogus."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Deserves a salute as the first Hollywood epic about the American Revolution to successfully blend ferocity and feeling."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"has its moments"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A big-budget epic of the American Revolution, with Mel Gibson, of all people, leading the charge."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"It's the plot that's hackneyed."
‑ Randall King, Jam! Movies
"Make no mistake about it: The Patriot is a cartoon, even if it does have real people playing the parts."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"A movie of cornball sentiment, humorously anachronistic dialogue, and expensive Colonial Williamsburg sets."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Many graphic battle scenes, not for all teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Bloody, overlong and straining for significance ..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"The Patriot is best when it focuses on Gibson. Unfortunately, half the time it focuses on Ledger."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"A grand yarn with a sense of the weight of history and an awareness that the winners are often those who have lost the most."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"I enjoyed the strength and conviction of Gibson's performance, the sweep of the battle scenes, and the absurdity of the British caricatures."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"While his hero is conscience-stricken about killing, Emmerich sure enjoys serving it up in generous helpings."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Often melodramatic and manipulative but it is solid, involving filmmaking so one willingly takes the ride it offers."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
"It's the best film ever made about the Revolutionary War."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
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