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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Everything Guardians of the Galaxy gets right with its mix of action and comedy, Hercules botches."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It simply fails to exploit its assets: an amusing, revisionist take on the mythological strongman, and the charisma of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson."
‑ John DeFore, Washington Post
"May be a more tongue in cheek approach to the legend and anti-hero, but it works well as a breezy action adventure with a slight comic bent."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Predictable adventure has lots of violence, decent actors."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"The film absolutely delivers in the realm of Dwayne Johnson participating in massive fight scenes and epic battles."
‑ Scott Mendelson, Forbes
"The story is fairly straightforward, and, more importantly, so is much of the action."
‑ Sherilyn Connelly, Village Voice
""Hercules" heaves and grunts along, interrupted by battle scenes that are visually impressive (when's the last time you saw someone pick up a horse and throw it?) but emotionally uninvolving."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Its incredible competence prevents it even from being ironic, campy fun."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Color me "surprised" in regards to Brett Ratner's Hercules, an unexpectedly thrilling, smart and at times moving new take on everyone's favorite demigod."
‑ Charles Koplinski, Illinois Times
"The result is a film of which I can't exactly recommend one rush out and see right away, but when one does decide to give it a shot, I think you'll be surprised by how entertaining Hercules actually is."
‑ Christian Becker, Paste Magazine
"The battle scenes, though rousing, fall short of epic. But it's reliably fun to watch - up until the brutish, smudgy conclusion ..."
‑ David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The movie is plagued by a split identity: It's half-slog, half-Mel Brooks."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times
"Best to skip this arid endeavor and instead watch Joel and the Bots tackle Hercules Against the Moon Men on MST3K."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"The preposterously pumped Dwayne Johnson confidently steps into the reinforced sandals of the legendary ubermensch for a terrific swords-and-shields action spectacle."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Ratner has fashioned an adequate action-adventure around Johnson's horse-heaving he-man, a hero who's still larger than life even after the legend has supposedly been stripped away."
‑ William Goss, Austin Chronicle
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