Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A thunderous spectacle.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Desmond Ryan
If Emmerich had any sense, he would have ceded the direction of the battle scenes to his star.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
What might have been a treat for history buffs and a refresher course for the rest of us turns into just another occasion to watch Gibson shoot guns, swing tomahawks, and wreak other kinds of havoc on enemies we've been primed to hate.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
It's often corny, but it's never boring, and it'll sweep you up in its momentum if you give it a chance.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Emmerich might have had a masterpiece, but he'll have to settle for what comes close to being a must-see movie today.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is rousing and entertaining, and you get your money's worth.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's a death-wish revenge thriller posing as a lavishly pastoral historical epic.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Far from the smart historical epic some might have expected, is just another feisty summer shoot-'em-up.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The film is long, empty and bogus.
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Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
Whatever extraordinary ingredients are necessary to fashion a 1776 home run, this movie doesn't have them.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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