Taking a few by surprise, the biopic has received two thumbs up as the actress appears in line for another tilt at the Oscars.
The veteran actor refuses to stop performing his craft and while he attempted something ambitious playing a stand-up, it has failed to impress those tasked with writing reviews.
With the 2003 film becoming a surprise hit with moviegoers, the follow up some 13 years later has flattered to deceive as it falls short of the standards it established.
Just hitting cinemas this week, the buzz surrounding this blockbuster have been overwhelmingly positive to label it a breakthrough in the genre.
The thriller could be a return to form for the director, thanks to the help of James McAvoy.
The true story war film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it quickly became a major hit and another positive checkmark on Gibson's directing career.
Not only did the film receive not one but two standing ovations, but reviews out of the festival acknowledge Oscar contention.