Critic Reviews

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune
    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.
  • 100
    James Berardinelli ReelViews
    Patton remains to this day one of Hollywood's most compelling biographical war pictures.
  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today
    Still mesmerizes on the strength of George C. Scott's chew-your-behind performance. [5 Nov. 1999, p.6E]
  • 100
    Variety
    War is hell, and Patton is one hell of a war picture, perhaps one of the most remarkable of its type ever made.
  • 90
    Vincent Canby 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.
  • 90
    TV Guide Magazine
    Patton is a war movie of unusual depth and a landmark in screen biographies.
  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
    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.
  • 80
    Dave Kehr Chicago Reader
    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.
  • 75
    Entertainment Weekly
    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.