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  • Summary: In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love ofIn Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother. When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 19
  2. Negative: 14 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Jan 10, 2014
    50
    There's a fun retro camp to Hercules, with nods to classics such as Ben-Hur and Spartacus, as Hercules finds himself rowing slave ships and crossing desert expanses.
  2. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Jan 10, 2014
    40
    Like so many of today’s action films, The Legend of Hercules is too busy peddling slick, stone-faced portent to ever bother making us laugh, or engaging us in any way.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jan 10, 2014
    40
    Renny Harlin's Legend of Hercules fulfills every silly, flimsy promise that it makes in the first place: There are lots of battles (albeit rather jerkily rendered ones), some grand-looking horses decked out in handsome metal headdresses, and lots of well-oiled beefcake.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jan 10, 2014
    30
    Lutz’s acting muscles aren’t nearly as well developed as his pectorals and deltoids, and while the role may not call for a master thespian, it at least begs someone who can emote without looking like he’s straining to execute a dead lift.
  5. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Jan 15, 2014
    20
    While watching it, I kept thinking this was like "47 Ronin," in which an unfortunate novice director was given a project way out of his or her reach. In no way was I prepared to learn it was the work of veteran Harlin.
  6. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Jan 10, 2014
    20
    Where 300 made a virtue of its low budget by stripping the visuals down to their essential elements, the shot-in-Bulgaria Legend Of Hercules mostly just looks rushed and cheap, only coming to life in a handful of fight scenes, and then only briefly.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jan 10, 2014
    0
    This ludicrously written, buffoonishly acted, irritatingly filmed sword-and-sandals epic hasn't half the sand, sweat or saltiness of other titles in the genre.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 53
  2. Negative: 44 out of 53
  1. Apr 25, 2014
    7
    The reviews on this movie baffle me. I'm not saying it was as good as Wolf of Wall Street but it was watchable. You guys are tough. I meanThe reviews on this movie baffle me. I'm not saying it was as good as Wolf of Wall Street but it was watchable. You guys are tough. I mean what it must take to make a movie is beyond me and I stand by my score of 7. This was not to bad... Expand
  2. Jun 7, 2014
    4
    Totally b-movie bad. Probably the worst thing about the movie is that it hard to support Kellan Lutz as Hercules. His performance is lacking,Totally b-movie bad. Probably the worst thing about the movie is that it hard to support Kellan Lutz as Hercules. His performance is lacking, and constantly watching him make stupid faces during the action scenes is agonizing. Lutz isn't the only offender when it comes to bad acting, almost the entire cast sucks. Liam McIntyre gives the only respectable performance, and it's great to see the Spartacus star step back onto the arena sands. Shame about that bowl haircut though.

    While the performances range from lacking to just plain bad, the action is mostly decent. Granted there are countless movies that have done it better, and without constantly having characters goofily being thrown through the air in slow motion, but it's at least watchable. The action scenes are a constant form of unintentional comedic gold. One scene involving a lightning whip is particularly amusing. The action is the only enjoyable part of the film, but entirely for the wrong reasons.

    This is clearly just one huge b-movie. With Lutz failing to make a compelling Hercules in any way, the whole film noticeably suffers more than I feel it otherwise would have. Yes, it would have still suffered from the poor plot and bad acting from the rest of the cast, but had they at least found a half-decent person to play Hercules then maybe there would have at least been reason to overlook a lot of it's flaws and maybe even care about the romance at the center of this film. As it stands now I recommend you skip this one and hope that Dwayne Johnson's upcoming Hercules movie is better later this year. My total score for the film is a 4.2/10=Bad.
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  3. Nov 13, 2014
    2
    "The Legend of Hercules" 10 Scale Rating: 2.5 (Awful) ...

    The Good: While he didn't fit as Hercules, Kellan Lutz certainly looked at home
    "The Legend of Hercules" 10 Scale Rating: 2.5 (Awful) ...

    The Good: While he didn't fit as Hercules, Kellan Lutz certainly looked at home in a gladiator style film. A few of the large scale battles were decent.

    The Bad: Poor acting and awful dialog all around. The story itself was bland and poorly written. The direction was choppy as the film moved from scene to scene suddenly and without warning. The effects were terrible and the vast majority of fight scenes were one part "300", two parts "Matrix". While I certainly would never expect award winning material here, this should have been at least fun. It wasn't.
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  4. May 2, 2014
    1
    The Legend of Hercules is one of those films that got a January (2014) release and I was unable to catch it in the theater because I was busyThe Legend of Hercules is one of those films that got a January (2014) release and I was unable to catch it in the theater because I was busy screening Independent Spirit Award nominees as well as catching up with Oscar contenders. Instead I rented it, and let me clearly state that I am happier to have spent 12 bits at Redbox than 12 dollars at the box office. Expand
  5. Mar 2, 2014
    0
    This was a truly terrible movie. Horrible acting. Terrible effects. Stupid plot and story line. I advise you not to watch this movie at all. AThis was a truly terrible movie. Horrible acting. Terrible effects. Stupid plot and story line. I advise you not to watch this movie at all. A giant waste of time. Expand
  6. Mar 20, 2015
    0
    I've never been a big Kellen Lutz fan, or Renny Harlin. But this movie was bad. The CGI was cheap. Costumes were as lame and cheap as ever.I've never been a big Kellen Lutz fan, or Renny Harlin. But this movie was bad. The CGI was cheap. Costumes were as lame and cheap as ever. It's not an action movie as all the fight scenes are in slow motion and are thirty seconds long. Watch the Disney version. The Hercules in that is actually fun and pretty cool. Kellan Lutz fails as Hercules and so does every actor. Expand
  7. Jan 14, 2014
    0
    How could the same guy who directed Die hard 2 do something this terrible....this movie has no idea of what a movie is, everything wasHow could the same guy who directed Die hard 2 do something this terrible....this movie has no idea of what a movie is, everything was terrible, there was not one single thing I liked about this movie. Expand

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