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Rob Roy
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by Natasha Theobald

"Sudsy enough for Lifetime: Television for Women"
2 stars

If this film is a book, Fabio is on the cover.

Tim Roth is the only reason to see this movie. He is deliciously malicious as a bad guy you love to loathe. In fact, he brings so much energy to the procedings, you start to wish bad things upon perfectly wonderful, if not a little boring, people just so he'll show up.

The story centers upon honorable man, Rob Roy Macgregor. It is to him that people look for protection and guidance, succor and sustenance. In fact, he feels so responsible for the welfare of others, he puts his land against a note from a nobleman in an effort to start his own business, as it were, buying and selling livestock of some sort. But, the nobleman's money man plots to steal said amount with Tim Roth's wealthy-seeming yet woefully penniless rogue. The nobleman is willing to forgive the debt if Rob will help him to sully the name of another nobleman, but Rob will not oblige. Can a man remain moral in an immoral world? This movie is not to be bothered with such questions.

Because of his choice to stand his ground, Rob and those closest to him suffer great losses, particularly his wife. She, strong and long-suffering, has tried to get him to see the gray of things, but he will not be moved. And, even with all that happens to her, she repeats to him the same words of wisdom he, just by chance, sought to share with his sons before all of this happened, that honor is a gift a man gives himself. As you may suspect, revenge also is something Rob would like to see wrapped with a bow. Murder, I guess, is honorable in his world if it can be justified.

The ins and outs are pretty much as you might expect. There are few surprises, save the aforementioned performance of Tim Roth. He doesn't have an imperfect moment in the whole affair, and I'm glad to have seen him glory in it.

So, this is for Tim Roth fans or those looking for a bodice-ripping, revenge fantasy. The eye-rolling implausibility starts about halfway through the film, but, if you stick with it, you'll get to see Rob gut an animal so that he can hide in the carcass. Good stuff.

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12/12/11 action movie fan good period recreation but its so slow pace it,s no braveheart 2 stars
3/22/11 mr.mike It was a bit too low-key. 3 stars
6/16/07 jenna b i have never been so repulsed and yet attracted to a villian before, roth was exelent 5 stars
4/02/07 ES A very good movie, overshadowed by Braveheart and worth the watch 5 stars
6/27/06 leslie weekes decent film bit rambling,good go by neeson roths acting a1! 4 stars
5/08/06 chienne Tim Roth is pure genius. Loved, him. 4 stars
4/20/06 Michael Liked it a lot. 5 stars
8/10/05 Jeanne Liam makes honor seem boring, while Tim makes you fall in love with evil - he's brilliant! 4 stars
12/27/04 mjoc Excellent film, great swordplay 5 stars
12/17/04 Dan Great movie 5 stars
9/07/04 Shams Huque Tim Roth was awesome! 4 stars
7/31/04 chris mrosko very good perfoemances by great actors, good dirction,cinematography, a good story 4 stars
2/18/04 john never really engages the audience -forgettable 2 stars
6/27/03 cochese watch Braveheart instead. 1 stars
7/16/02 Chris Braveheart with cardboard emotion 2 stars
7/14/02 the Grinch Excellent adaptation. Neeson stands tall, and Roth shines as a foppish but deadly "noble". 4 stars
6/22/02 Mick Jay I thought this film was awesome.Andrew howe doesn't appear to know what he's talking about. 5 stars
10/03/01 R.W. Welch Unluckily eclipsed by Braveheart but just as good in its way; pacing a shade slow. 4 stars
3/14/01 Jenny Lines Really good portrayal of the story, but lets accents slip now and then 5 stars
1/14/01 Invader The movie Mel could't make as it utilized true talents and not hollywood schlocksters. 5 stars
8/29/00 Chris Drake Greatest film villain:Stephen Boyd(Ben-Hur);Tim "Pulp Fiction" Roth rocks. RobRoy so-so. 3 stars
8/11/00 Terrie Smith Well done; great cinematography. Fine acting from Neeson and Lange & especially Roth. 5 stars
7/25/00 sulawesigirl The reviewer must have seen a different movie than I. Neeson is incredible. Roth rocks! 5 stars
12/21/99 Kim Beautiful history with deepth. Lange & Roth are stand-outs. 5 stars
10/13/99 Nick Z Outstanding. Deeper than Braveheart. Superior acting - what a swordfight!!! 5 stars
7/17/99 soccer_mum Loved it! Liam Neeson as Rob Roy proves that payback really is a bitch! GREAT! 5 stars
6/12/99 Biscus A romantic chivalrous look at 1713 Scotland 5 stars
9/26/98 Maegs I enjoyed it. Tim Roth delivers a fine performance 4 stars
9/05/98 Badass It's better than BRAVEHEART 4 stars
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  07-Apr-1995 (R)



Directed by
  Michael Caton-Jones

Written by
  Sir Walter Scott
  Alan Sharp

  Liam Neeson
  Jessica Lange
  John Hurt
  Tim Roth
  Eric Stoltz
  Andrew Keir
  Brian Cox

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