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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 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: 1 out of 42
  2. Negative: 35 out of 42
  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 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. Jul 28, 2014
    4
    Vasat film. Hercules'ün adını ve hikayesini kullanıpta bu kadar kötü hatta dizi kalitesinde bile olmayan bir film çıkarmak ortaya ayrı bir başarı hikayesi olsa gerek. 300 Spartalı ve Spartacus tuttu diye onlara benzer olsun istemişler belli, hatta yetmemiş filmde Spartacus'ü de oynatmışlar ama onlarda olan tempo ve heyecan yok aslında kısaca hiçbirşey yok. Hercules'ün herkes tarafından bilinen hikayeleri bile adeta skeç gibi tek tek çekilmiş, olması lazım diye koymuşlar gibi. Expand
  3. Mar 13, 2014
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The opening battle scene was pretty good, with the 3D effects creating an expansive battlefield. After that the movie went downhill quick. The forced romance scenes were numerous and unbearable. Once the characters actually had to speak dialogue it became even more painful. Also they must have run out of ideas with the Gladiator remake portion where they fight for their freedom. The guy who played Hercules has no acting skills and it shows. They just found some guy with a good body and handed him a script it seems. Just overall really poor. Also, the ending scene was incredibly stupid. It's as if the writers had to go on lunch break and just killed everyone bad in five seconds and then put in a dash of happy ending. Pathetic. Expand
  4. Apr 5, 2014
    1
    A horrendous silly disaster. The movie looks so cheap, I didn't know to either burst out in laughter or actually feel sorry for the people involved in this film. If this was suppose to be an epic well it sure was, an epic failure. Expand
  5. Feb 22, 2014
    0
    It contains nothing special. It's just a generic and slipshod movie. Terrible acting, effects and scenario. Boring, just boring as hell. Everything happens suddenly with no explanation. Do not watch it, it's just a waste of your money. Expand
  6. Apr 30, 2014
    0
    Bad, best to wait till this is free on youtube to watch. Story is ridiculous and I love how they managed to hype this movie in the trailers. I saw the trailer and was like "sweet love a good Greek old school beating." Unfortunately there are terrible fight scenes that contain little to know actual blood and are not even entertaining. Only redeeming factor was they managed to get the actor who played "Spartacus" (TV series) a role in this movie. He was nothing special but at least reminded me how epic that TV series was. 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 was terrible, there was not one single thing I liked about this movie. Expand

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