Revolution (1985)

After his son has been captured and brutalized by a British officer, an immigrant trapper (Al Pacino) becomes compelled to join the fight against the British in the American Revolutionary War.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 25, 1985
DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
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Critic Score: 10% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

What's lacking in this heartfelt, well-researched, sporadically interesting movie is a master plan.

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Variety Staff

Watching Revolution is a little like visiting a museum -- it looks good without really being alive.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Revolution has been dazzlingly shot by cinematographer Bernard Lutic in a process called System 35, but so much visual grandeur seems more embarrassing than engaging when the dramatic element is such a mess.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Either as unintentional parody or truncated epic, you can start this Revolution without me.

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Tony Rayns
Time Out

An almost inconceivable disaster.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

On the plus side: the battle scenes, brilliantly filmed with a hand-held camera; a remarkable portrayal of a sadistic English officer by... Donald Sutherland; and clever art direction... On the debit side is Al Pacino's ludicrous performance.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

[A] solemn, incoherent, brown film.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's also a mess, but one that's so giddily misguided that it's sometimes a good deal of fun for all of the wrong reasons.

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Joe Baltake
Philadelphia Daily News

Mixed in with the film's graphic action sequences -- which are as beautifully shot as they are unwatchable -- are a lot of feverish, feeble, inch-deep platitudes about freedom and justice.

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Flixster Audience Score: 31% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
interesting cinematically overlooked time period, usually fine actors, terrible movie
Dimitris Springer
That's a poorly constructed "epic" film. Under the shadow of the forgotten ancestors, my first sentence is the warning I can provide you… More
Cameron Johnson
Wow, New York really has has Italian-Americans longer than America's had independence. Come to think of it, by 1985, America still had Italian-Americans… More
Mike T.
According to Al Pacino and Hugh Hudson, studio interference was detrimental to this movie's impact. I watched it in the "Revisited"… More