Braveheart (1995)

Mel Gibson, long-time heartthrob of the silver screen, came into his own as a director with Braveheart, an account of the life and times of medieval Scottish patriot William Wallace and, to a lesser degree, Robert the Bruce's struggle… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 26, 1995
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2000
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Distractingly violent and historically dodgy, Mel Gibson's Braveheart justifies its epic length by delivering enough sweeping action, drama, and romance to match its ambition.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

As the star of the new, epic-scaled Braveheart, Gibson celebrates yet another man of selfless valor. And as its director, he displays some daring of his own.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Mel Gibson throws his whole heart into a role. No one acts with more conviction, and his errors are honest ones.

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Quentin Curtis
Independent on Sunday

Gibson has extended his hair, but not his directorial range.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

A lavish, entertaining spectacle full of manly men, dastardly villains, rousing battles and women who easily see Mel's hero potential through all that messy hair.

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Anthony Puccinelli
Chicago Reader

Braveheart has a gut-wrenching, bone-breaking, sword-thwacking verve.

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Derek Malcolm
Mail & Guardian (South Africa)

This is by no means a bad effort in the historical epic genre, since Gibson has made himself into a more than passable director and, for the battles of Stirling Bridge and Falkirk alone, deserves an Oscar of some sort.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

In addition to staging battle scenes well, Gibson also manages to recreate the filth and mood of 700 years ago.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Many movies deal with battlefield heroics. Few seriously attempt to define heroism.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The screenplay says repeatedly that thinking is more important than fighting, yet problems are always met with muscle-power in the movie, which wallows in violence and vengeance every chance it gets.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
When I first saw this film, I thought it was fantastic! In particular, it skirted the second act letdown. Tonight, I saw it on DVD. One, too many and too long… More
Michael Edwards
it was a very well thought out film, and the main reason to see this movie is the music and the fight scenes, mainly because the music is all done in bagpipes… More
xGary Xx
Braveheart is the (exceedingly tall) story of William Wallace, a man who united the common people of Scotland to rise up against their English oppressors in the… More
Bathsheba Monk
What's not to like? This is about the third time I've seen this--this time on DVD and I am really astounded at Gibson's fine storytelling.… More
Manu Gino
"Every man dies, but not every man really lives" Excellent Film! 1995 Best Picture! The acting is amazing, and the ending was brilliant. For me, all… More
Christian C
I love me some good historical dramas -- although this one has a number of historical inaccuracies that I found hard to swallow. I also hate Mel… More