The Blood of Heroes
The Blood of Heroes (1990)

Set on a post-apocalyptic Earth, this sci-fi feature focuses on the players of a brutal futuristic sport known as "juggers." When the brutish champion jugger receives a new challenge, tensions rise and eventually culminate in a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 23, 1990
DVD Release Date: July 15, 2003
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Critic Score: 13% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Unlike Rollerball or Death Race 2000, it serves up the carnage with Biblical solemnity.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

An unusually successful film of its kind, a good, lean variation on the post-apocalypse adventure-thriller that looks into the future to see the Dark Ages of the past.

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Poor old Hauer. Doesn't he long to play sensible characters in settings that don't involve post-apocalyptic societies and peculiar headbands? If he does, his agent never got the message.

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Variety Staff

Plot development is slim. Much of running time is given over to the game itself, which seems to have no rules except that the winning team places the skull of a dog atop a pointed stick.

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Richard Harrington
Washington Post

The Blood of Heroes is a multimillion-dollar movie with about as much plot and depth as your average arcade game, but it's never quite as involving.

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James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

There is much worse sci-fi stuff gathering dust on your video shelves, but that is really no recommendation at all.

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Time Out

There's little to look at and nothing worth hearing. Even the game itself is a drag.

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TV Guide

The film goes wrong by appropriating worn material, then constructing around it a narrative so ruthlessly straightforward it steamrolls over any possibility of dramatic suspense.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Bit of a forgotten Hauer cult classic this with your typical popular post apocalyptic world where only the strong survive. Haven't seen this in many many… More
Curtis Lilly
Pretty great stuff. Gotta love the post apocalypse, especailly when they involve brutal sports...and Rutger Hauer.
Dean McKenna
Good futuristic with teams of gladiator-sportsmen roaming the countryside challenging teams to play the vicious game of juggers.