Metascore
22

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 19
  2. Negative: 14 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Patches
    Jan 10, 2014
    39
    While the art of action filmmaking depreciates, Harlin remains steadfast in his classicism, even if the movie doesn’t have the foundation to support him.
  2. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Jan 10, 2014
    38
    While Lutz might possess the beefcake to fill out his chest armor, he lacks the acting chops to make us much care about the fate of his gleaming hero who looks as if he just stepped out of a Beverly Hills salon.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Jan 10, 2014
    38
    Given its virtuous subject matter and the relative bloodlessness of its violence, perhaps Renny Harlin means for this film to be a means of atoning for his previous cinematic sins.
  4. 38
    At times, with its stiff, charisma-impaired cast, its digital sets and slo-mo slaughter, The Legend of Hercules has a whiff of the Augean Stables about it — if you catch my drift.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jan 10, 2014
    25
    While The Legend Of Hercules offers plenty for viewers who’ve acquired a taste for the fake and incompetent (not the least of which is the dialogue, which finds characters saying each other’s names at the end of every other sentence), it’s unlikely to please anyone who wants entertainment in the conventional sense.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Jan 10, 2014
    20
    If you admire Kellan Lutz's chiseled body, The Legend of Hercules does offer plenty of that in 3-D glory.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Jan 10, 2014
    20
    If The Legend of Hercules were just a little more inept or over-the-top, it might have been ridiculous fun. As it is, unfortunately, Harlin embraces the mediocrity of the screenplay with a dour straight face, draining it of any enjoyably camp possibilities.
  11. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Jan 10, 2014
    16
    A movie so ugly and woeful that you'll wish you had superhuman strength to pluck your own eyeballs out of your head.
  12. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jan 15, 2014
    12
    The only thing epic about The Legend of Hercules is what a failure it is.
  13. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Jan 15, 2014
    10
    The whole thing is a total bore; even the supporting players aren’t motivated enough to attract attention. That’s good news for Lutz; he can’t be blamed for torpedoing the project, because everyone is doing subpar work here.
  14. 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.
User Score
2.0

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 121 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 39
  2. Negative: 32 out of 39
  1. Jan 11, 2014
    0
    The best bet is to hold out on this one—there will be another Hercules adaptation starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hitting theaters this July. Stripped down to the basics, “The Legend of Hercules” does little to carry on the legacy of Hercules, proving only to be more of a sappy fairy tale than the Disney version. Full Review »
  2. Jan 12, 2014
    0
    Terrible. God awful--that's the phrase I kept repeating to myself while still in the theater, it was THAT bad. No redeeming qualities whatsoever. No one even looks attractive, it was that bad. Full Review »
  3. Jan 12, 2014
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This movie is horrendous. The transitions are nonexistent. Hercules suddenly teleports from a boat to a desert and from a desert to a "fighting.....place?"

    The plot is basically nonexistent, the movie consists of Hercules going from bloodless battle to bloodless battle and doggy paddling across a shocking number of bodies of water(They could have at least got an actor who could swim)

    At the end of the movie Hebe, the generic love interest, stabs a dagger through her shoulder and into Hercules' brother, she somehow survives for long enough to say her final words, while the brother is dead instantly. Then suddenly the scene changes and you can hear a crying baby. The camera zooms in and Hebe is holding it. It literally never explained how this happened. NEVER! You can't just have somebody die and then show them alive in the next scene, that makes no sense!

    This movie is overall on atrocity. The only reason it got a one was one amusing scene where hercules got kicked in the face at a dramatic moment.
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