Critic Reviews



Based on 37 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
Philadelphia Inquirer
It's a stunning Roman triumph.
Entertainment Weekly
What matters for today's hero is the good fight, and Gladiator KOs us with a doozy.
Rolling Stone
Glorious, a colossus of rousing action and ferocious fun.
New York Daily News
If there's a soft spot in your heart for the sword-&-sandal epic -- and from the star rating above, I think you can guess where I stand -- then you'll swoon with giddy delight over Gladiator.
Chicago Tribune
Has the kind of super-cinematic qualities and bravura acting that make up for almost anything.
New York Post
An exhilarating, sweeping epic that begs to be seen on the largest possible screen.
Mr. Showbiz
Combining a seething physicality with enough weary nobility and tightly checked rage for a dozen wronged heroes, (Crowe) provides the movie's vital center of gravity without looming over his co-stars.
San Francisco Chronicle
At 2 1/2 hours, Gladiator is a long ride, but it doesn't drag.
Miami Herald
Lacks emotional depth and sweep -- but the movie still delivers the type of rousing, large-scale adventure that marked the best films of its kind
San Francisco Examiner
As formulaic, but occasionally outré multiplex-bound behemoths go, Gladiator is a foaming beast.
USA Today
Instead of the heat of humanity, what lingers on in the mind is the cool of the computerized effects.
Like an aging athlete who knows how to husband strength and camouflage weaknesses, it makes the most of what it does well and hopes you won't notice its limitations.

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