Hercules (2014)

Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' film HERCULES, starring Dwayne Johnson, bows on July 25th. Based on Radical Comics' Hercules by Steve Moore, this ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 25, 2014
DVD Release Date: November 4, 2014
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hercules has Brett Ratner behind the cameras and Dwayne Johnson rocking the loincloth -- and delivers exactly what any reasonable person reading that description might expect.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Everything Guardians of the Galaxy gets right with its mix of action and comedy, Hercules botches.

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John DeFore
Washington Post

It simply fails to exploit its assets: an amusing, revisionist take on the mythological strongman, and the charisma of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

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Josh Terry
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

Hollywood is now officially 0-2 on Hercules movies in 2014. The first try was just bad, but this one feels like a waste.

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Sherilyn Connelly
Village Voice

The story is fairly straightforward, and, more importantly, so is much of the action.

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Rafer Guzman

"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.

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Reagan Gavin Rasquinha
The Times of India

The climax could've been better and while the battles scenes aren't as epic as Gladiator, the film, along with its sprinkling of tongue-in-cheek lines, makes for a fun watch.

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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer

The battle scenes, though rousing, fall short of epic. But it's reliably fun to watch - up until the brutish, smudgy conclusion ...

Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times

The movie is plagued by a split identity: It's half-slog, half-Mel Brooks.

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George Byrne
The Herald (Ireland)

While the action sequences are decently staged, they would have been much better if I'd actually been able to see them, the film being shot in a gloomy murk which 3D does absolutely nothing to help.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Someone had the incredibly stupid idea of showing Hercules' infamous tasks within the first five minutes and then tell a somewhat conventional story of… More
danny d
not quite dull, but certainly not good. stripping away the mythology was a really bad move. the opening sequence would have made a much better film than what… More
Flutie Archibald
I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this. It's entertaining, and in the vein of other sidekick-action-hero movies like 'Prince of Persia' or… More
Kevin M. Williams
The classic strongman of myth gets a makeover in this, as he is the leader of a band of do-gooder mercenaries (wrap your mind around that ... do-gooder… More
Phil Hubbs
K so earlier in the year we got a Hercules movie directed by Renny Harlin...sounds bad I know. It went for a serious historic tone with the odd added bit of… More
Nate Zoebl
What happens if you make a Hercules movie but take out all the unique things that make the classic hero who he is? Would he still be Hercules? This question is… More