Apocalypto

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, 66% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Apocalypto is a brilliantly filmed, if mercilessly bloody, examination of a once great civilization.
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    David EdelsteinNew 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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    Erin ClementsTime Out
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    It's Gibson's taste for carnage that defeats him in the end. The brutality is relentless, and the many ways in which blood is spilt so ingenious, that it's numbing. Once the adrenaline rush subsides, there's nothing left.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    Pathologically brilliant. It is bizarre, stomach-turningly violent and frequently inspired.
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    Ben WaltersTime 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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    Tom CharityCNN.com
    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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    David LambleBay Area Reporter
    Apocalypto is the very best thing Gibson has done as a director, and should not be missed because of a shared repugnance for his off-screen worldview.
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    Matthew LucasThe Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
    If Mel Gibson is a mad genius, then Apocalypto may be his most insane work yet.
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    Megan BashamWORLD
    There is something different in Gibson's application of violence. The objections seem to lie not just in Gibson's realistic portrayal of cruelty but in the judgment he brings to it.
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    Louis Proyectrec.arts.movies.reviews
    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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