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Gladiator

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Gladiator

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
154 minutes
Wide Release Date:
05/05/00
performer:
Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Richard Harris, Djimon Hounsou, Derek Jacobi, Ralf Moeller, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed
director:
Ridley Scott
Producers:
Universal
author:
62222, 6383
genre:
ActionAdventure, Drama

We gave it a D+

Though slick and quick, and featuring some of the most vicious boxing scenes ever filmed, Gladiator is still all formula. The hero (James Marshall), a silent type for whom words are rare events, goes into the ring on Chicago’s tough South Side to make good on his father’s gambling markers. He pals around with a black boxer (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and then — surprise — has to fight him. Trying to be cool, Marshall is merely morose, Brian Dennehy and Robert Loggia play standard management scum, and, as a trainer, Ossie Davis is wiser than God. For all its fast moves, including a music video stuck smack in the middle and a pumped-up soundtrack, the movie generates neither heat nor heart. D+

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