Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 25
  2. Negative: 7 out of 25
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jul 25, 2014
    70
    The mythically powerful demigod is back on the big screen in the simply titled Hercules and the results are canny, fast-paced, and, for what the film attempts to accomplish, enjoyable.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Jul 24, 2014
    70
    It may sound like a backhanded compliment to praise this sometimes cheesy movie for never taking itself too seriously, but in a summer of bloated spectacles, this modesty should not be underestimated.
  4. 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).
  5. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Jul 30, 2014
    67
    If anything gets lost in the mayhem, it’s Johnson’s reliably charming personality.
  6. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jul 25, 2014
    67
    Unsurprisingly, Johnson makes for a perfect movie-star Hercules, and the film gets a lot of mileage by playing his charismatic-but-modest take on the character off of the strong, predominantly British cast.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Jul 25, 2014
    60
    Brett Ratner remains a director of no great distinction, but here, he proves himself an adept orchestrator of battle scenes, clearly presenting the forces on both sides, and using clear, coherent editing and dynamic compositions.
  9. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Jul 25, 2014
    60
    Hercules has no right to be as entertaining as it is.
  10. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jul 25, 2014
    60
    Fast-paced, funny, and packed with – to indulge in a bit of ad-speak — eye-popping action.
  11. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Jul 24, 2014
    60
    Sure, the film is crude, calorific and full of groanworthy half-jokes, but it holds together. It stacks up as an oafish pleasure for an undemanding summer – a rewriting of myths in scrawled crayon, with a nonchalant quality that makes its judiciously brief running time fly by.
  12. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    Jul 23, 2014
    60
    With Hercules, Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnson are out to entertain you — no more, no less. And that is just what they do.
  13. 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."
  14. Reviewed by: Jamie Graham
    Jul 23, 2014
    60
    By the beard of Zeus! Brett Ratner delivers fast, fun thrills to score a sound victory over Renny Harlin’s laborious The Legend Of Hercules.
  15. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jul 26, 2014
    50
    Director Brett Ratner has always been associated with spectacle but, even for him, this represents a misstep because the "wow!" factor is muted.
  16. 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.
  17. Reviewed by: Jeff Labrecque
    Jul 25, 2014
    42
    When Johnson is wearing the head of the slayed Nemean lion in battle, walloping enemies with his tree-trunk sized club, and heaving charging horses to the ground with remarkable ease, he's in his Rock comfort zone. But as a tortured hero hampered by self-doubt, Johnson labors.
  18. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Jul 23, 2014
    40
    Strap on your swordbelt, buckle your sandals and oil up your rippling six-pack, because here comes yet another interminable, CGI-drenched mythic mish-mash with far more money than brain cells.
  19. 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.
  20. 38
    For all the fun these folks could have had with Hercules maintaining the supernatural assistance facade, or denying it as his handlers gild his lily testifying that it’s true, the movie is content to just go through the motions.
  21. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jul 25, 2014
    37
    This outing does not suffer the epic badness one associates with films that aren’t screened early for critics, and in fact it offers moments of actual entertainment. It simply fails to exploit its assets: an amusing, revisionist take on the mythological strongman, and the charisma of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
  22. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Jul 25, 2014
    33
    It's mythmaking for dummies, a Hercules with no poetry, only incompetent brute strength.
  23. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Jul 25, 2014
    25
    Watching Hercules, you can feel your intelligence being insulted in almost every frame.
  24. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jul 25, 2014
    20
    It's a supernatural epic that never feels quite colossal or consequential enough, as well as an utter waste of Dwayne Johnson‘s unique dopey-flirty charm.
  25. 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.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 238 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 70
  2. Negative: 11 out of 70
  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 Full Review »
  2. Jul 28, 2014
    3
    I walked in expecting an ancient classic but I was severely disappointed. The story line is weak and short sighted and the cast of charactersI walked in expecting an ancient classic but I was severely disappointed. The story line is weak and short sighted and the cast of characters was very poorly cast. Many people in the movie shouldn't have been there and the story line is very dull and extremely fast paced. You don't have time to enjoy any scene for the proper amount of time. There are no innovative action scenes that make you really enjoy the imagery. The attitudes of people in the movie in regards to legends is such a turnoff for a movie like this. You walk in to see mythical stories and mythical imagery and instead you get lingo that sounds like it's from 2014 and people who disregard the legend of Hercules. "Literalists" have ruined a great mythical story and one of my favorites; Hercules. This movie seemed to be entirely made to disregard the legend of Hercules instead of telling a beautiful modern adaptation of the story which many people enjoy. I gave it a 3/10 because The Rock was a childhood favorite wrestler of mine. But other than that, this movie failed in every sense. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »