The Hero
The Hero (2017)

Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: June 9, 2017
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Hero rests on Sam Elliott's understated performance, which proves more than capable of carrying the film through the less inspired moments of its somewhat clichéd story.

Johanna Schneller
Globe and Mail

Two good things are not enough to goose this all-too-familiar tale of a selfish man who wakes up one day, realizes that he blew it and scrambles to fix it before it's too late.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Elliott does some of his finest work in one of the best movies in his career, a drama that feels like a biography.

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Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

Sam Elliott's low-key masculinity is showcased in The Hero, a dreary character study without much else to recommend it.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

The script around him doesn't do Elliott or the character justice, and is a missed opportunity at a late-in-life comeback role for the one-time Western star.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Nothing terribly novel here, but director Brett Haley has assembled a strong cast and a generous spirit, and Elliott has a way of finding poetry in silent gaze, speaking his lines as if written on velvet.

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Robert Horton
HeraldNet (Everett, WA)

For diehard Sam Elliott fans, think of this as a bookend to his 1976 cult picture, Lifeguard, in which he played a beach hunk contemplating the meaning of it all.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Is there an American actor of more meaningful solitude than Sam Elliott?

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Richard Roeper

Of course the main selling point is Sam Elliott aka Lee Hayden. I don't even know who makes that barbecue sauce Lee is touting at the beginning of the film or whether it's really good or just mass-produced glop, but based on that voiceover, I'd buy it.

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Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

Elliott may deserve the attention, but he also deserves a vehicle worthy of his talent -- and your ticket money.

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