The Legend of Hercules
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In the epic origin story THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero - the son of Zeus, a half-god, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace to the land. (c) Summit

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 3%

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"Essentially a Monday Night Raw episode with mythological dressing."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"It delivers what it promises, which is muscular guys in skimpy clothes fighting and howling, as well as some large-scale digitally enhanced battle sequences."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Lunkhead Kellan Lutz is the demigod's density in Renny Harlin's 300-lite, MST3K-ready retelling of the classical legend. Think Jesus with muscles, by the power of Greyskull."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Even dental extraction is more enjoyable to endure than this artistically bankrupt misfire."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"The lore of Hercules has spanned centuries, yet it's unlikely to ever see a more generic treatment on film than that of Renny Harlin's overblown origin story."
‑ William Goss, Empire Magazine
"The dialogue isn't dubbed, but is written and delivered so indifferently that it might as well have been."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
"The Legend of Hercules may not track, but Harlin still knows how to set up a rousing circus."
‑ David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
"There's nothing here to engage the viewer or make them care one iota about what's occurring on the screen, making it no wonder that this got dumped into theaters in the middle of January."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"No one seems to have high hopes for it - though it might well help to pass a wet afternoon when it shows up on Netflix 15 minutes from now."
‑ Mike McCahill, Guardian
"Somehow more cartoonish than Disney's version, which actually was a cartoon."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"[Other "Hercules" movies] at least nodded at classical mythology. Harlin's boasts a Hercules in name chiefly and banks on moviegoers' ignorance."
‑ Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times
"The whole thing is a total bore."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"The film opens on a huge battle in the Greek city of Argos, but it often ends up feeling like the director bought it cheap at the high street namesake."
‑ James White, SFX Magazine
"This lousy attempt at a revival isn't even good for camp laughs."
‑ Ken McIntyre, Total Film
"A low point is when Hercules kills the Nemean lion, who seemed to be minding his own business in his forest; not cool, Herc, even if he was all digital and as fakey as those stuffed cats they used to throw at Steve Reeves."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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