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Mel Gibson stars in this story of ancient Scottish freedom fighters that tells us that freedom is good, despotism is bad--and that, every now and then, Hollywood is overcome by an irresistible temptation to get a couple of cute guys into kilts. The story, of 13th Century Scottish hero William Wallace, suffers from comparison to "Rob Roy," the story of a 17th Century Scottish hero still in theaters. TIME Movie critic Richard Schickel says Gibson has directed a movie that is too long, too self-indulgent, and lacks anything to hold the viewer's attention over its three hour running time.