The movie holds up far better than its detractors guessed - splendidly, in fact - not only thanks to Scott's spellbinding acting, but to the epic imagery, Coppola's (and Edmund North's) highly intelligent script and Schaffner's lucid, perfectly controlled direction.
Patton remains to this day one of Hollywood's most compelling biographical war pictures.
Still mesmerizes on the strength of George C. Scott's chew-your-behind performance. [5 Nov. 1999, p.6E]
War is hell, and Patton is one hell of a war picture, perhaps one of the most remarkable of its type ever made.
The New York Times
A huge, initially ambivalent but finally adoring, Pop portrait of one of the most brilliant and outrageous American military figures of the last one hundred years.
TV Guide Magazine
Patton is a war movie of unusual depth and a landmark in screen biographies.
Not a war film so much as the story of a personality who has found the right role to play. Scott's theatricality is electrifying.
Patton's personality--conveyed with pointed theatrical flair by George C. Scott--is registered in rich tones of grandeur and megalomania, genius and petty sadism.
George C. Scott's Oscar-winning portrait of the megalomaniacal warrior general is still the glue holding together this blunt study of war as the ultimate human (and dehumanizing) game.