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  • Summary: Both man and myth, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) leads a band of mercenaries to help end a bloody civil war in the land of Thrace and return the rightful king to his throne. A tormented soul from birth, Hercules has the strength of a God but feels the suffering of a human.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 25
  2. Negative: 7 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jul 23, 2014
    70
    It’s a grandly staged, solidly entertaining, old-fashioned adventure movie that does something no other Hercules movie has quite done before: it cuts the mythical son of Zeus down to human size (or as human as you can get while still being played by Dwayne Johnson).
  2. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    Jul 28, 2014
    70
    Johnson is genuinely talented. He's often the best thing in bad movies, and Ratner's Hercules is, at the very least, pretty good.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jul 23, 2014
    60
    There are some rousing battle scenes, preceded by stirring addresses on the subject of going to Elysium – all cheekily borrowed from Ridley Scott's "Gladiator."
  4. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Jul 25, 2014
    60
    There's a welcome lack of pretension to the proceedings. Stalwarts like Hurt and Ian McShane are on hand to class up the joint — everyone's got a British accent except for Johnson — while the predictable story bludgeons its way towards an inevitable conclusion.
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Jul 25, 2014
    50
    As the plot clogs up with foreseeable reversals, wisecrack duties go to Mr. McShane, whose oracular character keeps wrongly predicting his own death. Like Hercules, the movie is plagued by a split identity: It’s half-slog, half-Mel Brooks.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jul 31, 2014
    38
    Director Brett Ratner could boast solid source material in the five-issue Radical Comics series Hercules: The Thracian Wars by the late Steve Moore. They had a shot at something here, and they blew it.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    Jul 26, 2014
    12
    The film fluctuates haphazardly between semi-serious reverence and tongue-in-cheek camp, with no shortage of opportunities for the inevitable Rifftrax accompaniment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 68
  2. Negative: 9 out of 68
  1. Jul 28, 2014
    10
    It's a really wonderful action movie and really get into the legend of the character. I don't get what others they want: an epic mythologicalIt's a really wonderful action movie and really get into the legend of the character. I don't get what others they want: an epic mythological movie must be really epic action, great beasts and powerful gods. And Hercules is probably the best of this Expand
  2. Jul 26, 2014
    9
    An epic, fun, summer movie. My whole family loved it. Reminds of the old Arnold Schwarzenegger movies of the 80's. If you loved the old ConanAn epic, fun, summer movie. My whole family loved it. Reminds of the old Arnold Schwarzenegger movies of the 80's. If you loved the old Conan movies this should entertain you. Expand
  3. Jul 28, 2014
    8
    A fun movie that entertains. Ian McShane has a few good lines in it. The Rock does a good job in making Hercules heroic and fun. Not a movieA fun movie that entertains. Ian McShane has a few good lines in it. The Rock does a good job in making Hercules heroic and fun. Not a movie to be taken too seriously Expand
  4. Nov 13, 2014
    6
    "Hercules" 10 Scale Rating: 6.5 (Decent) ...

    The Good: Johnson, already with a physique larger than life as it is, stands tall throughout
    "Hercules" 10 Scale Rating: 6.5 (Decent) ...

    The Good: Johnson, already with a physique larger than life as it is, stands tall throughout the film and is not only an imposing mythical figure, but also pulls it off dramatically. Based on a graphic novel, the story at it's core is a solid one. A more human Hercules whose exploits are the work of tall tales based on real events, was a great idea and piqued my interest. Hercules was not alone though. His cohorts were also well characterized and interesting. I honestly rooted for them and hoped that they all lived. Veteran actors Ian McShane and Rufus Sewell especially stood out as members of Hercules' group of mercenaries. The pair had some of the best lines in the film.

    The Bad: Unfortunately, the story falls apart somewhat and becomes overly straight-forward. This is to be expected for this sort of film, but it is a real let down regardless. Obstacles were presented and overcome at lightning speed before they even had time to set in. At times, the film was cheesier than it needed to be and some of the humor simply didn't work. Lastly, the antagonists were cliche characters that we've already seen in other films ... but not as deep or interesting. Hercules deserved better foes to fight. A much better film than I expected, but falls just short of being truly good.
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  5. Jul 25, 2014
    5
    It all starts so promisingly with remembered stories of some of the famed labours of our eponymous hero. However, after a quick introductionIt all starts so promisingly with remembered stories of some of the famed labours of our eponymous hero. However, after a quick introduction to the man god's background and a whiplash bout of special effects this settles into a training exercise for two rather un excitingly staged battles. Further damage is inflicted by a script that insists on having both Rufus Sewell (who is rather bad actually) and Ian McShane spew forth a lot of unnecessarily sardonic humour. Things do liven up somewhat when the villains are unmasked and Hercules gets to perform his last labour. Overall though, aside from having superior visuals, this is not really any better than the year's earlier sword and sandals opus 'The Legend of Hercules'.

    At the end of this mercifully short epic Ian McShane proclaims ( In a sly dig?) 'The truth about Hercules, I prefer it to the Legend'. I say on this evidence we don't need either of them. Perhaps the film we are waiting for is the one that presents us with those 12 labours. Now that may be worth contemplating.
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  6. Sep 6, 2014
    5
    I think this film is good at the beginning with great effect, but I were very disapointed at the the very end because it hasn't awesome orI think this film is good at the beginning with great effect, but I were very disapointed at the the very end because it hasn't awesome or "wow" ending. I expected more than that. But from the story side, I think it good enough and well done for the director to make the Hercules story new and different than the other Hercules movie. Expand
  7. Mar 10, 2015
    0
    The message from the movie story was really good.
    People who likes it might really believe myth is not real.
    People who hates it might also
    The message from the movie story was really good.
    People who likes it might really believe myth is not real.
    People who hates it might also still accept if myth is never real, like me.
    The first thought in my head while I finally in the middle of the film was I'm trapped.
    I watched the movie for my good friend.
    I couldn't believe I watch this kind of movie on cinema.
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