Alexander (2004)

The true story of one of history's most luminous and influential leaders, Alexander the Great--a man who had conquered 90% of the known world by the age of twenty-seven. Alexander led his virtually invincible Greek and Macedonian armies… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 24, 2004
DVD Release Date: August 2, 2005
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Critic Score: 16% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Even at nearly three hours long, this ponderous, talky, and emotionally distant biopic fails to illuminate Alexander's life.

Scott Tobias
AV Club

By summoning his inner classicist, [director] Stone has made an excruciating disaster for the ages.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

At a reported cost of $155 million, Alexander qualifies as a super-spectacle in every respect but one -- namely in its neurotic, confused and sexually ambidextrous hero.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

I didn't feel particularly emotionally involved in the story. In fact half the time, I didn't even know what was going on.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Though the battles have the blood-and-sinew bravado you expect from Oliver Stone, this three-hour buttnumbathon is hamstrung by a hectoring grandiosity, not new to Stone, and a nod toward caution, which is.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Sluggish, unsmiling, and almost as limp as the feather fans with which our heroes are gently aerated on their trip to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Daniel Mendelsohn
The New York Review of Books

The reason it's exhausting, and ultimately boring, to sit through Alexander-and why the movie is already disappearing from theaters-is that. . .there's no dramatic arc, no shaping of the life into a good story.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

A lunk-headed train wreck that looks like a tag sale in a 323 B.C. supermarket in old Peking.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It's just a wild, glorious, wacky mess that I found really entertaining.

Jeff Beck

This new set presents the film in great quality and comes with some fantastic special features, but it's doubtful that this latest version of "Alexander" is going to change anyone's mind as to the quality of the film itself.

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
Note: this review covers the theatrical version of the film. Oliver Stone's epic portrait of one of the greatest figures in history had the potential to… More
Eric Alvarez
Don't remember much of this movie, only that it made me pretty tired.
Clintus Maximus
The version of Alexander I'm reviewing is the second or director's cut, which may or may not have some bearing on whether I influence anyone else as… More
paul sandberg
wow is this film aweful. I friend gave me the "final cut" - what would have been appropriate in such a cut would have been an empty film case!… More
Alex roy
Being a die hard history buff, I was quite looking forward to seeing this. Well, when I did I was very disappointed in what I saw. Alexander is a total mess of… More
Ginny  X
Alexander Revisited (DVD Final Cut)<br><br>Macedonian Left, Macedionian Right, Macedonian Center! I enjoyed watching the battlescenes in this film!… More