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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: 27 out of 38
  2. Negative: 4 out of 38
  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 mythological movie must be really epic action, great beasts and powerful gods. And Hercules is probably the best of this Expand
  2. Aug 10, 2014
    10
    Wonderful action movie! Great seeing many of the charecters and monsters from Greek and roman mythology come "alive!" Lots of likable charecters, great storytelling of the tasks performed by Hercules, and an all around fun movie. Much better than the movie Lucy. Expand
  3. Jul 26, 2014
    9
    I'm simply not understanding how this movie is getting such bad reviews, I thought it was surprisingly awesome, Dwayne Johnson's best performance yet, and overall a nice more realistic spin on the story of Hercules with great action and decent story telling. By no means as bad as most are saying, a solid summer action flick.

    Easily the best Hercules movie, far better than any 300 movie, if this were the early 2000's or late 90's the critics would be raving, but now with such a jaded audience people hardly appreciate anything anymore, sad, def worth a viewing.
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  4. Aug 7, 2014
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) starts out with the titular character as a mercenary after being exiled and working with a band of outcast warriors(working to further his mythos/legend to treat effect) , flashbacks reminds him of a very grisly end to his wife and children by seemingly some three headed wolf/creature , which is easily the poorest cgi in the whole film, we see Hercules nephew about to be executed in the first full scene , while he is telling stories of the famous 12 labors/trials Hercules had to complete (these flashbacks show some of the coolest cgi with him killing a massive Lion aka his headdress and a Boar and a sea monster), also that it's alluded to that he is the son of Zeus the Greek God , which in turn makes him a Demi-God. After saving his battle challenged nephew he moves on to the next big payday , reluctantly becoming a mercenaries for the King of Thrace (John Hurt) he fights for the King and builds an impressive army of mere farmers, but later realizes he's fighting for the wrong side (there are many flashbacks of his guilt over his families deaths) this movie works on most levels , and tells a very good story on falling from grace, revenge , and redemption, too bad we can't say the same for all the other merry men, but this is easily better than the turd that was released under the name Hercules earlier this year. This is a great summer popcorn flick that will be having you shouting "I AM HERCULES" ! Two huge thumbs up !

    Melwheezy
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  5. Aug 3, 2014
    6
    I just took my 13 year old nephew to see this film last night and as soon as I left the theater I was trying to figure out if I liked the movie or not. In this review and others to come, I will always say that the movie lives and dies with the villain. Sometimes the villain can carry a movie to greatness, and sometimes it can hinder the movies progress. This was one of the latter times. First off, when we left the theater, my nephew asked me if I liked it and I told him I was unsure because I loved the supporting cast and the Rock is always fun to see on screen, but I didn't like the villain all that much. His reply sealed it for me when he said...who was the villain.

    As I said, I thought the cast that supported the demigod was great. Rufus Sewell and Ian McShane added much of the needed comic relief, but Aksel Hennie's berserker was a little too much for me. Over all, the cast was the strongest part of this film aside from Dwayne himself.

    In movies like this when we don't get to see the growth of the villain, it does a great disservice to the audience. I get why we didn't with the "saw that one coming" twist mid way through, but still, it just didn't work in this film. And what made me the most upset was towards the end, I felt that I was being manipulated, almost forced into hating the villain as he was saying things that would make anyone wanna pop him one. I want to hate the villain on my own terms, I want to come to the end of the film and feel vindicated or saddened at the death of he or she...but here...I couldn't have cared less what happened to him.

    This one is worth a rent, but no need to rush to your local theater to catch it on the big screen. Thanks to the supporting cast and the performance of the Rock, this guy dead lifts an almost 7, but ends up with a 6.

    - James Von Doom
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  6. Jul 27, 2014
    5
    This movie has so much confusing parts. I really walked into that movie thinking im gonna see some gods maybe Hades maybe Cerberus NOPE!!!!! None of that at all its the rock with 5 stupid characters fighting some town because the rocks kids and wife die and hes dreaming stupid ass **** this movie should be in the list of a anticipated 2014 movie that sucked right along with godzilla....YUP! Expand
  7. Aug 6, 2014
    0
    This movie is not about myth. No epic action as mentioned in other reviews, bad CGI, nothing really interesting. This movie literally does nothing to entertain you. Expand

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