Gladiator

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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 Show more... Maximus. Now reduced to a slave, his family dead, Maximus must fight as a Gladiator to gain his freedom, and his revenge.

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    Gladiator has been my most favorite film of all time. It is an epic masterpiece in many ways and it really explains why despite the numerous viewings, Gladiator still amuses me with its powerful imageries and many other crucial aspects so that it won five Academy Awards. This film is very well written, the well-ensemble casts, the A-class acting (especially Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix), the stunning cinematography and definitely a strong character of Maximus (magnificently portrayed by Russell Crowe) whose life, struggle, disappointment and anger really move the audience, as if the world attention centers on him. Gladiator is not a historical film, because it only used the history of the ancient Roman Empire merely as the time setting. All other aspects namely those gorgeous shots, the great storyline/plot, the fantastic cinematography, the vividly lavish colors, detailed production design and digital imaging (that successfully rebuilt the stunning beauty of the ancient Roman Empire) and all sell really well, making the 170 minute-long running time definitely worthwhile. The visual of great battle in the first 15 minutes really stole my heart. The gruesome pictures, the blood and violence just to beautiful to abandon. Everything in this movie seems perfectly balanced, Ridley Scott as the film director really did his homework well in redefining and revitalizing the big battle sequence once considered masterpiece from Spartacus and Ben Hur. In the end, once again, I would say that Gladiator perfectly combines some crucial elements such as good, moving story, dazzling visual, beautiful scenery, filming techniques, direction and touching music score into one harmonious, action-packed film about heroism and its true meaning.

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    Gladiator is 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.

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    Ridley Scott thrusts us so close to the combat that all we see is a lot of whirling and thrashing, a sword thrust here and there, a spurt of blood, a limb severed. There's hardly a scene that is cleanly and coherently staged in open space.

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    If there's a soft spot in your heart for the sword-&-sandal epic, then you'll swoon with giddy delight over Gladiator.

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    Crowe doesn't use tricks in this role to court our approval. He earns it the old-fashioned way, by daring to be quiet, if not silent, and intensely, implacably strong.

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    The fusion of the ancient and the modern -- even to the point of some sly echoes of our own sports-mad society -- is seamless. Gladiator does indeed deliver the glory that was Rome, but it also clinically dissects the assumptions on which it was built.

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

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    Time for a little gladiatorial gore with your Milk Duds. Gladiator is here, and it's big, glorious and eminently dumb.

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    Ultimately, Gladiator is an honorable and inoffensive spectacle with nothing extraordinary to recommend it.

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    Though the digital effects lack the weight and conviction of their equivalents in old Cecil B. De Mille movies, Ridley Scott's sword-and-sandal epic has some of the intensity of old Hollywood in terms of storytelling, spectacle, and violence.

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    The cast is strong (notably Nielsen as Commodus's vacillating sister, and the late Oliver Reed, unusually endearing as a gladiator owner), the pacing lively, and the sets, swordplay and Scud catapults impressive.

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    The Roman costume drama, all dressed to the IX's, has taken a long holiday from the big screen.

    3/4
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    With its conspicuous display of prefascist trappings, it says more about our time than about Rome.

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    Highly visual entertainment with lots of blood and action.

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    Without Russell Crowe's dynamism holding it all together, Gladiator might have devolved into a rash of overblown pandering.

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    Self-proclaimed 'world-creator' Scott only intermittently obliterates the turgid narrative and mediocre dialogue.

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    The most visually spectacular of all Roman Empire epics.

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    A truly transporting trip back nearly 2,000 years.

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    The film looks muddy, fuzzy and indistinct.

    2/4
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    If spectacle, not plot, is your plate of pasta, you'll find Gladiator as much fun as a Roman holiday.

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    This film is the first 'sword-and-sandal' epic since the mid-1960s.

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    A visually astonishing picture that brings script, performance and, alas, displays of violence up to the modern standard.

    3/4
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    The movie's production values are peerless.

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    Gladiator doesn't have enough plot to be a Roman epic ... and too much plot to be a summer action movie.

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    Gladiator derides 'entertainment' while hustling like crazy to provide two and a half hours' worth of same. The heroism and the tigers and the epic grandeur all leave behind the flavor of cynicism.

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    There's nary a dull moment in the film.

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    A smart movie and sumptuously executed.

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    This Ridley Scott film, his best in years, re-envisions ancient Rome for the aughts and makes it safe to go back in the Colosseum.

    3/4
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    This is filmmaking on a grand scale.

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    Gladiator is what championship is all about. Thrilling and exciting, it embraces technical standards of filmmaking rarely anticipated in earlier epics.

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    Gladiator pours on the usual Caesar dressing.

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    Gladiator charges into heart pounding battle.

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    Gladiator suggests what would happen if someone made a movie of the imminent extreme-football league and shot it as if it were a Chanel commercial.

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    Gladiator is not as nimble outside the arena as inside.

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    Ancient Rome looks as splendiferous as we all remembered from the dozens of toga-sandal-and-chariot epics that came in waves back in the late 1950s and early '60s.

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    Gladiator is a canned experience, a film that flails around awkwardly trying to find a reason to exist.

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    An exhilarating, sweeping epic that begs to be seen on the largest possible screen.

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    Gladiator is one extended guilty pleasure.

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    This tale of power and revenge proves that there are still some people in the movie business who know what they're doing.

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    Gladiator is quite a good movie -- a big, fat, rousing, intelligent, daring, retro, many-adjective-requiring entertainment.

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    A movie that revels in the primal thrill of swords tearing into flesh and blood spraying in huge, arterial gouts.

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    Visually stimulating.

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    Action-packed and passionate.

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    It is undeniably a triumph, muscular and entertaining.

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