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
DVD Release Date: September 19, 2017
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77%
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61%

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Critic Score: 77% 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.

Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It's one of his finest and most memorable performances. Unfortunately, the script fails to rise to the level of Elliott's artistry.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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

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tt stern-enzi
Cincinnati CityBeat

More than any other actor I can think of, Sam Elliott is the epitome of a hero.

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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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Robert Denerstein
Denerstein Unleashed

[Elliot's] a pleasure to watch, but a little more movie would have been welcome, too.

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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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Erik Henriksen
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

If Sam Elliott wasn't in it, The Hero would feel like a slog.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
John C
Sam Elliott gives the best acting in a movie so far this year. Very poignant and moving as his character moves gracefully into an unwanted retirement and has… More
K Nife Churchkey
Sam Elliott needs more leading roles. As an aging, undercast actor facing his own mortality, he is entrancing. Coincidentally, he plays that exact role in… More