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action & adventure, drama, romance

William Wallace, a commoner, unites the 13th Century Scots in their battle to overthrow English rule.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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3 out of 5
Positive messages
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Mel Gibson's Oscared, bloody Scottish spectacle.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has high levels of blood and gore (animal and human), vulgarity, and sexual elements. This is NOT a movie for kids.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the theme of true heroes -- warriors, dissidents (and filmmakers?) who don't back down or compromise their ethics -- often fail to get their just recognition and glory during their lifetimes, only painful death. That's a theme to ponder, but parents might emphasize to impressionable viewers that, while William Wallace apparently did exist, much of this movie's script has been shown to be historically bogus.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The political argument that ensues is pretty dull, but the battle scenes are the loudest and most convincing in years: Gibson has learned from Kurosawa in lending a clarifying thrust to what is, essentially, chaos.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Sunday, February 24, 2013

Fresh: Braveheart has a gut-wrenching, bone-breaking, sword-thwacking verve.

- Anthony Puccinelli, Chicago Reader, Monday, February 24, 2014

Fresh: A huge, bloody and sprawling epic, Braveheart is the sort of massive vanity piece that would be easy to disparage if it didn't essentially deliver.

- Brian Lowry, Variety, Monday, January 28, 2008

Audience Reviews

4 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Monday, October 18, 2010

4 stars

Although rather historically inaccurate and biased against the English, this is an awesome medival romp with plenty of bloody action displayed in golden war sequences. The look and feel of the whole flick is perfect and very accurate to look at whilst the whole cast looks like they have been plucked right from the chronicles of history hehe excellent costumes all round. Gibson does feel kinda miscast to be honest, he's too much of a 80's action man, too Hollywood, they needed someone alittle less well known and a bit more gruff, but the rest are near perfect especially McGoohan as the English king. The film really hits the spot with the battles, the rest is alittle dull but needed for the emotionally packed story and ending but the battles are some of the most fierce and brutal battles I've seen on film. I think this film started off the tidal wave of historical epics with extremely realistic brutal clashes as it was a real shock when first viewing at the cinema. Truly monumental pitched battles in this film, no mercy haha. Warning, it is very tearful near the finale, very well done, but the adrenaline sure does kick in ;)

- phubbs1, Monday, October 10, 2011

5 stars

There is really no debate, this is an incredible movie. I think that it s almost hard to see this and not be absorbed into the characters and meaning of freedom. For anyone who says it s a bad movie because it s historically inaccurate, you should really see more movies because none depict true history. This captures the essence of William Wallace and his mission to free the country he loves. Mel Gibson s vision is beautiful and flawless in execution. He also portrays William Wallace in a way that brings you to tears by the end of his performance. It s a movie that not only holds up to it s reputation, it exceeds it ten fold. I believe that it s everything the historical epic attempts to be, both emotional and filled with large scale adventure.

- ythelastman89, Friday, June 18, 2010