The movie contains some tremendous individual scenes but the whole isn’t better than the sum of its parts.
A superior alternative to the big-name, bloated action films hogging the largest screens in most multiplexes.
With too much material to fit into a 141-minute movie, there are times when the approach feels superficial.
Although at times overwrought and overtly manipulative, the film as a whole is like a kick to the gut.
A stirring drama that incorporates lighter moments with scenes of deeply felt tragedy.
Equal parts mesmerizing and perplexing, intriguing and frustrating.
A historically based movie that teaches lessons for today as well as educating us about the birth of a nation.