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The Patriot

HD   R Closed Captioning

Roland Emmerich

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About the Movie

In 1776 South Carolina, widower and legendary war hero Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) finds himself thrust into the midst of the American Revolutionary War as he helplessly watches his family torn apart by the savage forces of the British Redcoats. Unable to remain silent, he recruits a band of reluctant volunteers, including his idealistic patriot son, Gabriel (Heath Ledger), to take up arms against the British. Fighting to protect his family's freedom and his country's independence, Martin discovers the pain of betrayal, the redemption of revenge and the passion of love.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 134
  • Fresh: 82
  • Rotten: 52
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: As long as it stays on the battlefield, The Patriot is a brutishly compelling broad-canvas entertainment. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: Deserves a salute as the first Hollywood epic about the American Revolution to successfully blend ferocity and feeling. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Nov 24, 2006

Fresh: It wisely focuses upon common folk rather than prominent figures. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Emmerich's battle scenes may look authentic to anyone who has ever stared hard at a history book, but in every other way the film is long, empty and bogus. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 18, 2008

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Customer Reviews

Worth Seeing

For movie-goers looking for absolute historical accuracy, turn back now and look elsewhere for your facts. However, for those looking for an entertaining film set during the Revolutionary War, I think you will thoroughly enjoy this movie as much as I have. The visuals are marvelous and the acting is fantastic, leaving very few problems to be found.

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Talent Abounds

This film is one of the best I have seen. It showcases the talents of many of Hollywood's best and "honest" actors; those who take you into a film and keep you in. This movie is one of the best, because at no point in the film did I think to myself, "Man, this movie is awesome," or, "Mel Gibson is good at conveying emotion," or whatever. The best films are those which never lead you to believe that they are, indeed, movies. The best enable you to feel the reality of the crcumstances, whether they be fictional or true.

The Patriot
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 2000

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