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Gladiator is an epic film of love, death and betrayal set in the Roman Empire. General Maximus' success in battle earns the favour of an elderly Emperor at the expense of the Emperor's son. In a fit of jealous rage the son slays his father before turning his anger towards Maximus. Now reduced to a slave, his family dead, Maximus must fight as a gladiator to gain his freedom, and his revenge.

Actors: Tomas Arana , John Shrapnel , David Schofield , Djimon Hounsou , Derek Jacobi , Richard Harris , Oliver Reed , Connie Nielsen , Joaquin Phoenix , Russell Crowe
Directors: Ridley Scott
Country: USA , UK
Release: 2000-05-05
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  • Ted Fry

    It's that very rare feeling that you're settling into a movie whose individual elements are so finely attuned they fuse into a singular construct of pure entertainment. Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    What matters for today's hero is the good fight, and Gladiator KOs us with a doozy.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • William Arnold

    It lives up to the hype. Gladiator has its creaky moments, but it delivers a particular kind of visceral historical spectacle that movie audiences haven't seen in decades.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    If there's a soft spot in your heart for the sword-&-sandal epic -- and from the star rating above, I think you can guess where I stand -- then you'll swoon with giddy delight over Gladiator.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    John Mathieson's widescreen cinematography is magnificent, and the pacing across 2½ hours is well modulated.

    Variety Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    One extended guilty pleasure.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    At 2 1/2 hours, Gladiator is a long ride, but it doesn't drag.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    As formulaic, but occasionally outré multiplex-bound behemoths go, Gladiator is a foaming beast.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Brawny, he-man spectacle combined with a surprisingly solid story and buttressed by excellent performances.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Robert Horton

    The heroism and the tigers and the epic grandeur all leave behind the flavor of cynicism. Full Review
  • Sean Means

    The warm humanizing element in all the cool stuff is Crowe. Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    Instead of the heat of humanity, what lingers on in the mind is the cool of the computerized effects.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    It ends with the corniest convention of all: an absurd mano-a-mano between good and evil.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Filled with brilliant filmmaking and features outstanding performances, but it's neither profound enough nor pop enough to be great -- it's mournful, serious, beautiful and, finally, pointless.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    The digital animation is far more evident here than in "The Phantom Menace."

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Like an aging athlete who knows how to husband strength and camouflage weaknesses, it makes the most of what it does well and hopes you won't notice its limitations.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Grandiose and silly.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    The script by producer David Franzoni, John Logan, and William Nicholson is serviceable but not exactly inspired.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    It employs depression as a substitute for personality, and believes that if the characters are bitter and morose enough, we won't notice how dull they are.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Scott's filmmaking is as blunt and bullying as the mayhem it portrays.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    It's a loud, obnoxious, and pleasant-enough entertainment, but hardly the soaring tale of one man's struggle that it was so clearly envisioned to be.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    The soul of Gladiator is made sluggish by a maddening lack of suspense.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    For all its grandeur, Gladiator is a canned experience, a film that flails around awkwardly trying to find a reason to exist, or at least a compelling story to tell. Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Gladiator's combination of grim sanctimony and drenching, Dolby-ized dismemberings left me appalled.

    Slate Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    Friends, Washingtonians, countrymen, I come not to praise Gladiator but to bury it.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Desmond Ryan

    It's a stunning Roman triumph.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
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