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Gladiator Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    64

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Instead of the heat of humanity, what lingers on in the mind is the cool of the computerized effects.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Has the kind of super-cinematic qualities and bravura acting that make up for almost anything.

  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    What matters for today's hero is the good fight, and Gladiator KOs us with a doozy.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Really excellent but really violent Oscar winner.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a very violent movie. A woman and child are brutally tortured and killed (mostly off-screen). People are sliced up, burned, and crucified. There are references to rape and incest.

  • Families can talk about why it is that people are drawn to watch other people battle and what the appeal is of movies like this and full contact sports. Notice that, like Odysseus in the land of the Cyclops, Maximus will not use his name until he has done something he can be proud of. Why didn't Commodus just have him killed? Why did Commodus (a little like the WWF's Vince McMahon) decide to participate in the combat? What does it mean to "smile back" at death? Compare the lists of virtues claimed by Caesar and Commodus. Which are the most important? One of the movie's great challenges is making its world seem very different to us without making it impossible to identify with the characters. The story is told without any sense of irony or distance. Some older kids will have some good thoughts on how that is accomplished.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Very violent, many bloody battle scenes, many deaths. Main character's wife and child are burned to death offscreen.

  • sex false3

    Sex: References to rape and incest.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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