Gladiator ★★★★½

I have seen this so many times and it never gets boring. Crowe is an absolute wonder but the true star of the film is Joaquin Phoenix. He is playing the most powerful man in the world who feels powerless like a little child. The character is psycologically very complex and Phoenix portraits that expertly. His villainous ceasar is what drives the movie. He is the one we hate enough to keep watching and who makes this more than a simple revenge movie. 4 1/2 stars might be underrating this masterpiece.