The ‘ranking’ of Mel Gibson’s films: ‘Braveheart’ or ‘Apocalypto’?

The New York actor Mel Gibson (born in 1956) needs no introduction. His face and acting work are well known for the leading role of Mad Max: Highway Savages (1979) and its first two sequels (1981,1985), the Frank Dunne of Gallipoli (1981), his Martin Riggs in all four episodes of lethal weapon (1987-1998), the Tom Mullen of Replenish (1996), the voice of Rocky in Chicken Run: Farm Escape (2000) or the Graham Hess of panels (2002).

But also thanks to William Wallace of brave hearta film he directed and which was the undisputed winner of the 1996 Oscars, indicating its only two statuettes. The Hollywood Academy nominated him again, not for one of his outstanding incarnations, but for his performance as a director in To a man; The same as for the Golden Globes, which had already been awarded thanks to the film about the Scottish hero, with which he also opted for a BAFTA.

“I don’t want to be in front of a camera anymore. I just like being lazy behind a camera and seeing other people look good. I can’t rush it,” he said after the premiere of The passion of Christ in 2004. And he wasn’t joking, because he won’t be playing again until 2010. “I could go somewhere where no one can find me (…). I was thinking of setting up right next to the weapons of mass destruction. [de Iraq]. Then no one would find me.”


The opinion of specialized critics on the work of director of Mel Gibson

The figures given in the section of rotten tomatoes for the critics they are the following concerning the films of Mel Gibson, ranking them from best to worst:

  1. brave heart (1995): mean score of 7.3 out of 10 in 83 reviews.
  2. To a man (2016): average of 7.2 in 281 reviews.
  3. apocalypse (2006): average of 6.4 in 200 reviews.
  4. The passion of Christ (2004): average of 6 in 280 reviews.
  5. The faceless man (1993): mean of 5.7 in 23 reviews.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Fan Reviews

We come back to rotten tomatoesbut this time for the first ranking Mel Gibson films voted by its users:

  1. To a man: average score of 4.3 out of 5 with over 50,000 votes.
  2. The passion of Christ: half of 4.1 with more than 250,000 votes.
  3. apocalypse: half of 3.9 with more than 250,000 votes.
  4. brave heart: half of 3.8 with more than 250,000 votes.
  5. The faceless man: half of 3.6 with more than 25,000 votes.
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Reviews of IMDb moviegoers

On the other hand, these are the data that you also provide to us IMDb on public opinion:

  1. brave heart: average score of 8.4 out of 10 with 1,014,921 votes.
  2. To a man: half of 8.1 with 499,610 votes.
  3. apocalypse: half of 7.8 with 307,219 votes.
  4. The passion of Christ: half of 7.2 with 228,373 votes.
  5. The faceless man: half of 6.7 with 29,333 votes.

What FilmAffinity moviegoers say

And, finally, we have here the information that he offers us FilmAffinity:

  1. brave heart: average score of 8 out of 10 with 152,436 votes.
  2. apocalypse: half of 7.2 with 69,646 votes.
  3. To a man: half of 7.2 with 30,660 votes.
  4. The passion of Christ: half of 6.4 with 90,005 votes.
  5. The faceless man: half of 5.9 with 5,755 votes.

Conclusions on the Best and Worst of Mel Gibson

It is perhaps not surprising that, for specialist critics, the best film directed by Mel Gibson be brave heart. However, what is very striking is that moviegoers who vote on Rotten Tomatoes itself, not only opt for To a manbut placed William Wallace fourth out of five.

While those of IMDb and FilmAffinity, as usual, agree with the analysts. What, on the other hand, joins the viewers of the three platforms in which the worst movie by the American actor turned filmmaker, is his first film, The faceless man.