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The Patriot Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 4.0
    63

    out of 100

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

  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

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

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today 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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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Many graphic battle scenes, not for all teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a very violent movie, with many graphic battle scenes, vividly portrayed. A character commits suicide when his family is killed. There are some gentle sexual references in a scene depicting the colonial custom of "bundling bags" for courting couples.

  • Families can talk about the real origins of the Revolutionary War. They might want to look up Francis Marion, known as the Swamp Fox, who, like the fictional Benjamin Martin, defeated the British soldiers by using his knowledge of the local topography and by staying away from open-field battles. It is also worth talking about the notions of rules within wartime, as shown in the negotiations between Benjamin and Cornwallis. How do enemies agree on rules? What should those rules be? Why did Benjamin refuse to give his name? Why did Cornwallis care about limiting the damage to civilians?

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Very graphic violence, including battle scenes, suicide, children in peril, major characters killed.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Mild.

  • language false1

    Language: Mild.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking.

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