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  • Summary: The time: two thousand years ago. The place: the violent dawn of the Qin dynasty. The story: the soon-to-be First Emperor of China is on the brink of conquering a war-torn land. Three opponents are determined to assassinate him and one loyal subject stands in their way. (Miramax)
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  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Hero is the masterpiece. It employs unparalleled visual splendor to show why men must make war to secure the peace and how warriors may find their true destiny as lovers.
  2. Swooningly beautiful, furious and thrilling, Zhang Yimou's Hero is an action movie for the ages.
  3. I wish 'Hero's emotional heat rose more intensely -- more recklessly. There's something grand but distant and almost fetishistic about the operatic solemnity with which Zhang approaches the Rashomonic story of assassins attempting to kill a king.
  4. 75
    The film never musters the intimate feel the gifted director brought to such early films as "Raise the Red Dragon" and "Ju Dou." You cheer his accomplishment in Hero without ever feeling close to it.
  5. 75
    These people may be really, really dangerous, but they're also really, really polite.
  6. Hero is easy on the eyes, but it's too segmented to gather much momentum and too art-directed to convey much urgency.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 136
  1. Nov 27, 2011
    I like this film. The picture of this film is good ,the action ,too. The story of this film is an outstanding one. It tells a story of one person and his country. Expand
  2. yinyan
    May 4, 2008
    Amazing beautiful movie, with a well-constructed plot that fits together really well.
  3. mshm.
    Jan 1, 2006
    Legendary film.
  4. RyanC.
    Jul 13, 2008
    One of the most exquisitely filmed movies I've seen, and a great philosophy and message about warriors and their "ultimate ideal" is inside the movie, a multi-layered story that takes a thinking mind to realize everything. Expand
  5. Eric
    Mar 17, 2006
    Why are all the haters calling those who like this factually wrong? It's all based on opinions people, it's subjective. In my opinion Hero was masterfully crafted and touching. Yimou Zhang's directing was flawless, cin, flawless, acting solid, plot solid, really a great movie that made me give a damm about it's characters. Expand
  6. Jan 5, 2012
    It loses something when you listen to it with english voice overs, The film is must better in its native language. I enjoyed it and I thought it was rather good. I enjoyed the plot and it was nice to see the film play out as it did. The cinematography was alright but I have seen a lot better, To be honest it was rather generic if you ask me. Still it was a solid film none the less and worth the watch. Expand
  7. stevej.
    Jan 5, 2006
    WOW who ever liked this movie is very very wrong about movies. this so called film caused me too waste 20 dollars......I left 30 minutes into the movie. by far one of the worst movies ive ever seen. Expand

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