Hero

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Universal acclaim- based on 455 Ratings

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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 42
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 42
  3. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Reviewed by: Adam Smith
    100
    The comparisons are inevitable, so let's get them out of the way. Hero is a better film than "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
  2. 100
    Led by director Zhang Yimou and dazzling cinematographer Christopher Doyle, the unseen Hero production team has made what just might be the most artistically sophisticated, most formally beautiful martial arts film the genre has seen.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Nov 4, 2015
    100
    It's a story about storytelling, with differing versions of events in which people die by the sword. Filled with Yimou's characteristic symbolism and zest for striking colors, it's a fictional account of the unification of China.
  4. 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.
  5. 75
    If there's a drawback, it's that the plot is trite. Hero is an exemplary example of visual poetry. The narrative is clearly of secondary concern.
  6. Not as profound as it is pretty, Hero nevertheless gives us something to ponder beyond Zhang's feat in mounting such a magnificent production.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    A movie just good enough to keep nurturing rooting interest as you watch it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 92 out of 141
  2. Negative: 24 out of 141
  1. Nov 1, 2010
    10
    Simply one of the best movies ever made in my mind. I admit you have to be bright to figure this one out, and as you read the reviews you seeSimply one of the best movies ever made in my mind. I admit you have to be bright to figure this one out, and as you read the reviews you see many people didn't. This is totally a love story.......with the best special affects ever and a good amount of action. This is about loving so much you place another human being ahead of yourself or the welfare of a country beyond yourself. Believe me the ones that didn't enjoy this are the ones that love the "Three Stooges" and talk through all the movies in the theater.
    Great movie!
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  2. yinyan
    May 4, 2008
    10
    Amazing beautiful movie, with a well-constructed plot that fits together really well.
  3. VidM.
    Nov 10, 2005
    10
    As a person who has watched way too many martial arts films, I can tell you with authority (respect mah authoritah) that this movie As a person who has watched way too many martial arts films, I can tell you with authority (respect mah authoritah) that this movie absolutely rocks. This is the only nouveau martial arts film I've seen that really nails the blend of computer effects with live action. Beautiful, thoughtful film. Expand
  4. Desmondo2000
    Aug 17, 2008
    10
    This is my favorite Jet Li movie.
  5. Oct 10, 2015
    8
    This is a thought-provoking and visually beautiful piece of art. The story is surprising and the choreography is great, I recommend this filmThis is a thought-provoking and visually beautiful piece of art. The story is surprising and the choreography is great, I recommend this film to everyone. Expand
  6. ChristopherJ.
    Mar 20, 2007
    7
    A philosophically fascinating film with beautiful action sequences. It asks questions about sovereignty, justice, and love, and then it A philosophically fascinating film with beautiful action sequences. It asks questions about sovereignty, justice, and love, and then it offers loose answers. Expand
  7. stevej.
    Jan 5, 2006
    0
    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 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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