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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
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  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: 0 out of 28
  2. Negative: 24 out of 28
  1. Jan 12, 2014
    5
    This movie was average at best. the plot for the movie was ok but the movie seemed to jump from place to place with little to no explanation to what was going on. the acting wasn't bad and Liam McIntyre makes the acting good and the actor of Hercules wasn't bad either. it had some good action scenes in it but that's about it. overall was it a waste of time? no but i definitely would not recommend it. Expand
  2. Apr 11, 2014
    4
    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. Apr 20, 2014
    2
    i'm proud of myself. I didn't see this movie more than 20 minutes.
    and i'm sorry directores, actors and writers related with this movie but
    the CGI suck, story suck and just Scott Adkins is badass so... this movie suck.
    sorry again...
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  4. 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
  5. Apr 3, 2014
    0
    Sucked so badly that it honestly made me speechless. Nothing like the actual story of Hercules, Poorly acted, The action scenes failed to keep you even slightly interested as well. Heck, There was one scene where he stabs a guy in the stomach with his sword, lifts him up and drops him onto the ground (on his stomach, with the blade still inside him) and the sword doesn't even go through his body.

    This joke of a film is poorly done in every aspect and is a flat out piece of trash.
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  6. 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
  7. Jan 23, 2014
    0
    Don't spend your money to watch this movie! One of the worst movie recently. I could even guess every single plot while watching it! So boring so bad so damn bad... Expand

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