The Patriot2000

Critics score:
61 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Ebert & Roeper:Read more

Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News:Read more

Susan Stark, Detroit News:Read more

John Hartl, Seattle Times:It boldly asks what you'd be willing to sacrifice to gain that freedom. And what more could you ask from a Fourth of July movie?Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News:The Patriot delivers what it promises.Read more

Elvis Mitchell, New York Times:A gruesome hybrid, a mix of sentimentality and brutality that suggests a Lethal Weapon movie directed by Norman Rockwell.Read more

Hap Erstein, Atlanta Journal-Constitution:A rip-snorting good flick that breaks the cinematic jinx against Revolutionary War stories.Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times:Yet for its real virtues, The Patriot is never completely satisfying.Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader:Reflects our wish to redeem ourselves through sacrifice. But that entails more than briefly nodding to our flaws, magnifying what we like best about our past, and waving it around, hoping the euphoria will resolve any contradictions.Read more

Steven Rosen, Denver Post:It's not being unpatriotic to wish for a better, more original movie.Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly:As long as it stays on the battlefield, The Patriot is a brutishly compelling broad-canvas entertainment.Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail:Make no mistake about it: The Patriot is a cartoon, even if it does have real people playing the parts.Read more

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture:The period decor and costuming and production design may be in the overhoned Hollywood classic style, but the plotting is pure melodrama.Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer:Read more

Bob Thomas, Associated Press:Having fought the British centuries before in Braveheart, Gibson brings the same intensity to The Patriot.Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews:There's not much to get excited about.Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:I enjoyed the strength and conviction of Gibson's performance, the sweep of the battle scenes, and the absurdity of the British caricatures.Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com:A grand yarn with a sense of the weight of history and an awareness that the winners are often those who have lost the most.Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle:Emmerich's battle scenes may look authentic to anyone who has ever stared hard at a history book, but in every other way the film is long, empty and bogus.Read more

Derek Adams, Time Out:Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety:It wisely focuses upon common folk rather than prominent figures.Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice:A movie of cornball sentiment, humorously anachronistic dialogue, and expensive Colonial Williamsburg sets.Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post:There's no majesty, no tragedy, no feeling here; it's all FX and costuming and casting directors.Read more