The Patriot Synopsis
A man (Mel Gibson) and his son (Heath Ledger) fight side by side in the Revolutionary War.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A thunderous spectacle.
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75

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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75

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...
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75

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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75

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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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is rousing and entertaining, and you get your money's worth.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's a death-wish revenge thriller posing as a lavishly pastoral historical epic.
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63

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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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The film is long, empty and bogus.
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44

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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Rated R | For strong violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Many graphic battle scenes, not for all teens.
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