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Mel Gibson United States, 1995

J. O.'s rating of the film Braveheart

A rousing, masculine epic with as much savagery as melodrama. It's the heroism of the Scots against the pitiful cowardice of the Britons and their loyalists. Mel Gibson leads the pack with a good performance, but its his direction that really shines here. The wonderful cinematography, beautiful sets, and sweeping score pay homage to the cinematic spectacles of a bygone era. A little corny at times, but gleefully.