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Ridley Scott

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Plot Summary

A man robbed of his name and his dignity strives to win them back, and gain the freedom of his people, in this epic historical drama from director Ridley Scott. In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus (Russell Crowe) is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) ascends to the throne, Maximus is set to be executed. He escapes, but is captured by slave traders. Renamed Spaniard and forced to become a gladiator, Maximus must battle to the death with other men for the amusement of paying audiences. His battle skills serve him well, and he becomes one of the most famous and admired men to fight in the Colosseum. Determined to avenge himself against the man who took away his freedom and laid waste to his family, Maximus believes that he can use his fame and skill in the ring to avenge the loss of his family and former glory. As the gladiator begins to challenge his rule, Commodus decides to put his own fighting mettle to the test by squaring off with Maximus in a battle to the death. Gladiator also features Derek Jacobi, Connie Nielsen, Djimon Hounsou, and Oliver Reed, who died of a heart attack midway through production.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 184
  • Fresh: 140
  • Rotten: 44
  • Average Rating: 7.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Time for a little gladiatorial gore with your Milk Duds. Gladiator is here, and it's big, glorious and eminently dumb. – David Germain, Associated Press, Jan 8, 2014

Fresh: If there's a soft spot in your heart for the sword-&-sandal epic, then you'll swoon with giddy delight over Gladiator. – Jami Bernard, New York Daily News, Jan 8, 2014

Fresh: Crowe doesn't use tricks in this role to court our approval. He earns it the old-fashioned way, by daring to be quiet, if not silent, and intensely, implacably strong. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Jan 8, 2014

Fresh: Though the digital effects lack the weight and conviction of their equivalents in old Cecil B. De Mille movies, Ridley Scott's sword-and-sandal epic has some of the intensity of old Hollywood in terms of storytelling, spectacle, and violence. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


....finally the best movie ever made is on iTunes.

One of the Best Classics of All Time

The last time I saw Gladiator was back in 2000 when I was just a kid. Now, 10 years later, I decided to watch it once again just the other day, and fell in love with this movie once again. Ridley Scott is a genius and Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, and Connie Nielsen give superb performances in this film of love, betrayal, deceit, triumph and tragedy.

From plot to scenery, costume design to music, Gladiator is a true classic in every respect. Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard give riveting musical performances in this film, providing powerful drama and true artistry to the mix. What brilliant masterpieces this film and soundtrack are. Two thumbs up!


This is the best movie of all time. It has everything a movie should have in it. Thank you Itunes!

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2000

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