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


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.

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.

    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.

      1. I think the back story about his brother and why he is averse to violence gave his later decisions more meaning, but the romance was handled too cliched for me

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