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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 64
  2. Negative: 7 out of 64
  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. Aug 4, 2014
    10
    Just when I think modern mainstream blockbusters have definitely run their course for me, along comes a movie to prove me wrong. BlendsJust when I think modern mainstream blockbusters have definitely run their course for me, along comes a movie to prove me wrong. Blends old-school storytelling and new-school pizzazz with an assurance which Peter Jackson couldn't quite pull off, and provides yet yet another argument why all decent, film-loving folk should gather in a public square to watch Michael Bay drawn-and-quartered or burned to a crisp on a flaming cross. Not sure I care that much for Brett Ratner's back catalogue, but he's certainly proved himself worthy with this one. As does the ever-charismatic Dwayne Johnson (who has all the charm of the pre-public-boob-fondling Schwarzeneggar, plus some genuine acting talent), and as for John Hurt...well, he has nothing to prove to any of us, hasn't for decades, but it's always wonderful to see him in a major role in a major Hollywood blockbuster every once in a while (and nice to see he's not dead yet, for that matter).

    In all seriousness, this is a rival for the best sword-and-sandal fantasy movie since the John Milius version of Conan. Okay, so it's not quite as good as THAT spectacularly underrated piece of cinematic history...but it's pretty bloody good. And as always, endearing to see that the official "critic" community have proven themselves to be a bunch of joyless so-and-so's with absolutely NO sense of fun or adventure. No Oscars for this movie, then, bar perhaps some condescending acknowledgement of the admittedly spectacular CGI effects. Sigh...
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  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. Aug 3, 2014
    6
    Definitely not a bad movie. But overall I really feel it was a big missed opportunity because of what people typically think of when we seeDefinitely not a bad movie. But overall I really feel it was a big missed opportunity because of what people typically think of when we see "Hercules". I wished the plot would have been more focused on mythical creatures and superhuman strength and greek gods. That being said I do like Dwayne Johnson and thought he did a good job here with great action scenes... just a uninspired story. Overall was hoping the movie would be more epic. Expand
  5. Dec 6, 2014
    6
    Hercules has a fairly good cast and so the acting doesn't disappoint. There are some problems with this movie though, such as the storylineHercules has a fairly good cast and so the acting doesn't disappoint. There are some problems with this movie though, such as the storyline isn't the best. This is the kind of movie which is just a bit of fun to watch, it'll never be put down as one of the best movies of all time but it's good. It doesn't Appeal to all audiences though, so don't expect to like it. Expand
  6. Oct 24, 2014
    5
    Painfully average in every way... The story, dialogues, acting, soundtrack, all of it is incredibly plain and boring. The cheesiness andPainfully average in every way... The story, dialogues, acting, soundtrack, all of it is incredibly plain and boring. The cheesiness and stupidity of some scenes made me cringe several times during the projection. The movie has some of the most ridiculous and laughable battle scenes I´ve ever seen, 5 years old child could come up with better choreography and strategies. What I will say is that Dwayne is as Hercules believable but thats pretty much it. Dont waste your time and watch the trailer instead. All the good scenes are in it and it has better music and even story :D 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 doesThis 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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