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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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 45
  2. Negative: 37 out of 45
  1. Apr 25, 2014
    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. Apr 26, 2014
    For a movie called "The Legend of Hercules" there really isn't much to show for it. The story isn't that grand and exciting, and certainly bad acting and direction only make it worse. Expand
  3. Mar 26, 2014
    And again the best Hercules movie that I ever seen is from Disney.
    Maybe Disney should do Hercules movie based on their animation or another
    animation "Frozen" style. Expand
  4. May 3, 2014
    Wake me up please this is one of the most boring movies I've seen in a while. I've seen some real awful films , but none as boring at meandering as this. So since I couldn't stay awake and the fact that some looked like they tried hard in production it won't get a 0. F Expand
  5. Mar 2, 2014
    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. A giant waste of time. Expand
  6. Feb 18, 2014
    The Disney version of the Hercules Story, despite being a cartoon musical, was actually semi-enjoyable. this movie turned out to be a wanna-be CGI porno flick (i call it wanna-be cause the CGI effects were **** I wasted my time to even watch this, i hated this almost as much as i hated that God-awful "I Am Number Four" movie that my girlfriend made me watch. No depth, no value, terrible casting, absolute **** Expand
  7. Jan 12, 2014
    Do yourself a favor, AVOID THIS AT ALL COST! It is absolutely an atrocity to cinema. Overall, just don't watch this!!!!!!!!!!! I give this garbage a solid F!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand

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