It's a good film, though you can see the attempt of becoming a great one. First half presents a lot of good sequences, but the next half would make one feel there's a lot going on and it's lacking cohesion. Understandably, the film is limited by time constraints, and had it fleshed out everything, we might end up watching a more than three-hour epic. Nonetheless, the movie is good and worth watching, and Russell Crowe is always great as an actor, and, surprisingly, a promising good director.
Don't know about the critic's review here but I think this movie is pretty good. Beside it's Russel Crowe's directorial debut so let's Just enjoy the movie and let's not be so critical about it, besides it is based on a true story. So if your gonna watch a movie just check the ratings online if you can't decide