By James Berardinelli
Offeris an exhilarating, and occasionally touching, experience that has viewers leaving the theater caught up in an afterglow of wonder. These days, heros like William Wallace are as rare as motion picture displays of this high, uncompromising quality.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Tempers moments of despair with deliriously romantic passages abetted by James Horner's traditionally lush score and photography by John Toll ("Legends of the Fall's" Oscar winner).
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Mr. Showbiz

Startlingly vigorous and entertaining piece of work.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
At its best, it's an exhilaratingly grandiose Highland fling. [24 May 1995, Tempo, p.1]
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
An action epic with the spirit of the Hollywood swordplay classics and the grungy ferocity of "The Road Warrior."
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Despite a formidable effort and occasional grace, there's something cowardly about Braveheart -- it's an aspiring giant with a diminutive soul.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Braveheart features some of the most enthralling combat sequences in years, and the excessive ferocity of the violence is part of the thrill.
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Baltimore Sun

His film would benefit from more subtlety and tighter editing, but as both director and star, Gibson takes the story by the hilt and plunges forward, as single-minded as Wallace screaming into battle.
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TV Guide

By Frank Lovece
A massive, sweaty, frequently silly epic that nevertheless delivers enough brute pleasure to pass a rainy afternoon.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
Braveheart comes up short by beating the drums of human treachery and violence so loudly they become assaults.
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68 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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