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.
Mike ClarkUSA Today
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.
Vincent CanbyThe 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.