Apocalypto (2006)

"Apocalypto" is a heart stopping mythic action-adventure set against the turbulent end times of the once great Mayan civilization. When his idyllic existence is brutally disrupted by a violent invading force, a man is taken on a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 8, 2006
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Apocalypto is a brilliantly filmed, if mercilessly bloody, examination of a once great civilization.

David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Apocalypto demonstrates two things: that Mel Gibson is a hell of a filmmaker and that his imaginative world borders on the Neanderthal.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

[Gibson] has learned how to tell a tale, and to raise a pulse in the telling. You have to admire that basic gift, uncommon as it is in Hollywood these days, though equally you have to ask what obsessions goad it on.

Louis Proyect

A quite exciting spectacle based on a racist version of indigenous history, one in which the genocidal conquistadors are the New World's liberators.

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Ben Walters
Time Out

This is by no means a boring film, then, but it is a grotesque one, and that brings it pretty close to camp.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Mel Gibson is a real artist as a director.

David Keyes

Apocalypto isn't simply an effective movie, but an immensely powerful one: a benchmark and a foresight seemingly all rolled into one.

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Tom Charity

As a piece of filmmaking it's certainly strong enough to restore his commercial viability. Whether that's to the good is another question entirely.

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James Berardinelli

It's unlike any other movie to reach theaters this year and, because it is as visual an experience as it is visceral, it is best seen on a large screen.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Damn if the movie, through Mel's sheer determination, doesn't almost turn from a fight-n-flight gore fest into a moving meditation on a civilisation in the throes of decline. Almost.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
If the attraction of films is immersion into another reality, this bad boy fills the bill and then some, on steroids. We go to the heart of the South American… More
Sophie Burgess
Although slow and sometimes difficult to understand, this is truly a visual masterpiece with so many brilliant performances it's hard to choose who to… More
Christian C
Rent this -- don't buy it. That way you'll feel less digusted with yourself for seeing a Mel Gibson film. Otherwise, it's excellent.
paul oh
Ehhhhh, it was alright. Mel Gibson directing this doesn't really change the lack of character development and simple story. The acting from unknown actors… More
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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] I was surprised at how much this film has been forgotten. Apocalypto is Mel… More
Jens S.
Mel Gibson's decision to start out his mythic south American adventure in a rather amusing way, as we learn about the everyday life of the jungle tribe, is… More