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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 67
  2. Negative: 8 out of 67
  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 23, 2014
    6
    Hercules was way better than I thought it would have been (I had very low expectations). Brett Ratner is suddenly getting better as aHercules was way better than I thought it would have been (I had very low expectations). Brett Ratner is suddenly getting better as a director, for a change. Expand
  5. 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!!!!!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
  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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