The First Reviews For Mel Gibson’s HACKSAW RIDGE Are Here (LINKS)

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And the critics are hailing it. (You can read my review here.)

Fresh off its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Hacksaw Ridge – the World War II movie that marks Mel Gibson‘s return to the director’s chair after a 10-year absence – is now seeing its first reviews land online. The first big one came from the legendary trade publication Variety and its chief film critic Owen Gleiberman.

He leads with these thoughts:

  • Mel Gibson has made a movie about a pacifist who served nobly during WWII. It’s a testament to his filmmaking chops, and also an act of atonement that may succeed in bringing Gibson back.

Or as The Guardian’s Andrew Pulver puts it: “…as repellent a figure as many may still find Gibson, I have to report he’s absolutely hit Hacksaw Ridge out of the park.” Then there’s Mick LaSalle of San Francisco’s SFGate (hardly a conservative publication), who says in his blog post, “There aren’t going to be many more movies this year better than “Hacksaw Ridge.”

To get a full roundup of other responses, which also declare it “gruesome” and “powerful”, click here for Indiewire’s aggregate article. Entertainment Weekly also has select pull-quotes from major publications here.

Not having read whole reviews myself, I can’t speak to how deep they may get into spoilers, so skim with caution.

Hacksaw Ridge opens nationwide on November 4, 2016.

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5 thoughts on “The First Reviews For Mel Gibson’s HACKSAW RIDGE Are Here (LINKS)

  1. This is a gripping film with forceful storytelling about a remarkable war hero. Its also one of the most violent sensory assaults that can be experienced in a cinema; that makes it a great movie in my book. I gave it four out of five stars.

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    1. Yeah, I can definitely understand your reaction. I was feeling similarly during that first half-hour, surprised by how corny it was. But by the end of the film, I felt the quaint old-fashioned first half made the war torn second half that much more powerful and affecting. The two halves work together as a whole in a way that the first hour, as a stand alone, wouldn’t.

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