Hero

Hero Image
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 42 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 516 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Starring: , , , , ,
  • 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]

Where To Watch

Stream On
Stream On
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.

See all 42 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 93 out of 143
  2. Negative: 24 out of 143
  1. yinyan
    May 4, 2008
    10
    Amazing beautiful movie, with a well-constructed plot that fits together really well.
  2. Desmondo2000
    Aug 17, 2008
    10
    This is my favorite Jet Li movie.
  3. 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!
    Expand
  4. May 30, 2016
    9
    I was very impressed by HERO, the movie runs in a way like Rashomon (Kurosawa's famous masterpiece that came out in 1950) (although under aI was very impressed by HERO, the movie runs in a way like Rashomon (Kurosawa's famous masterpiece that came out in 1950) (although under a completely different concept) - almost entirely through flashbacks during narration. Because its a period film about a very much fantastic and romanticized time, the dreamy quality of the photography is brilliantly suited. The look of the film is fabulous, although it sometimes indulges in video game beauty (the fight scene on the lake, the waterfall fight, and the calligraphy sequence that could be a shampoo commercial), just as Zhang the director indulges in melodrama, especially in the second half of the film, which is filled with slow-motion shots of people running and crying and saying goodbye. But the first half is so calmly powerful that I can overlook the overly stretched second half.
    However it seems to me that the most blatant fault of the film is the dialogue, the dialogues are so cheesy. Of course this is an epic film with a lot of stuff to take care off, and Zhang does something better than the others, but there is no excuse for the amateurish dialogue writing.
    All that being said, I still think it's one of the great movies that Zhang Yimou made, when he was still trying to make great movies - he used to use Chinese culture, instead of exploiting it. It's a little sad to see what he's doing now, whatever the reasons that he's making those craps for.
    A beautifully crafted film by Zhang Yimou with a great story and an all star cast. Jet Li, Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, Zhang Zi Yi and Donnie Yen all performed portrayed their characters in a fine way with style and technique with outstanding stunts and martial arts. Exotic production designs by Tingxiao Huo & Zhenzhou Yi, colorful with dark looking costumes by Emi Wada, beautifully photographed by cinematographer Christopher Doyle, fast & smooth editing by Angie Lam and a relaxing musical score by Tan Dun.
    The metaphorical use of colors enhances the emotion of each "chapter" of the film while telling the audience exactly what the tone of each is as well.

    Possibly the greatest Kurosawa film not filmed by Kurosawa. Zhang Yimou's masterpiece combines beautiful martial arts action with ingenious Rashomon storytelling in this historical epic.
    Expand
  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

See all 143 User Reviews

Related Articles

  1. Lost in Translation: Second-Guessing the Academy's Foreign Language Picks

    Lost in Translation: Second-Guessing the Academy's Foreign Language Picks Image
    Published: April 16, 2010
    Oscar-winning foreign language film "The Secret in Their Eyes" arrives in American theaters this weekend. But it's not the best-reviewed foreign film of the past year, continuing the Academy's decade-long trend of selecting lesser titles. What films have they overlooked?
  2. DVD/Blu-ray Release Calendar: February 2016

    DVD/Blu-ray Release Calendar: February 2016 Image
    Published: January 30, 2016
    Find a complete guide to TV and movie titles heading to Blu-ray and DVD throughout the month of February, including Spotlight, Show Me a Hero, Bridge of Spies, Crimson Peak, Spectre, and more.
  3. Holiday Gift Guide: 14 Picks for Xbox One Owners

    Holiday Gift Guide: 14 Picks for Xbox One Owners Image
    Published: November 17, 2015
    Looking for an ideal gift for the Xbox One owner in your life? We've compiled a variety of critically-acclaimed games released in recent months for Microsoft's latest console.
  4. DVD/Blu-ray Release Calendar: February 2015

    DVD/Blu-ray Release Calendar: February 2015 Image
    Published: January 31, 2015
    Find a complete guide to TV and movie titles heading to Blu-ray and DVD throughout the month of February, including Whiplash, Big Hero 6, Nightcrawler, Olive Kitteridge, John Wick, The Theory of Everything, and much more.
  5. Movie Preview: 10 Films to See in November

    Movie Preview: 10 Films to See in November Image
    Published: November 4, 2014
    Our editors select the 10 most interesting films headed to theaters this month, including Oscar contenders like Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, a few indie horror surprises, the latest potential Disney hit, and Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic Interstellar.