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Hercules (2014)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

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, HERCULES. The epic action film also stars Golden Globe Winner Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan and Academy Award (R)-nominee John Hurt. (C) Paramountmore
Rating: PG-13 (for epic battle sequences, violence, suggestive comments, brief strong language and partial nudity)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Ryan Condal, Evan Spiliotopoulos
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 4, 2014
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Ian McShane
as Amphiaraus
Rufus Sewell
as Autolycus
John Hurt
as Lord Cotys
Joseph Fiennes
as King Eurystheus
Peter Mullan
as Sitacles
Nick Moss
as Demetrius
Ian Whyte
as Bessi Leader
Matt Devere
as Cotys Guard
Máté Haumann
as Cotys Guard
Barbara Palvin
as Antimache
Robert Maillet
as Executioner
Oliver Doherty
as Hercules' Child
Tom Doherty
as Hercules' Child
Panka Kovacs
as Hercules' Child
Mark Phelan
as Corsair
John Cross
as Lt. Marcos
Peter Ivanyi
as Wolf Handler
Erika Marozsan
as Ergenia's Maiden
Nora Horich
as Ergenia's Maiden
Anna Trokan
as Midwife
Judit Viktor
as Tavern Madame
Csilla Baksa
as Tavern Vixen
Elena V. Holovcsak
as Tavern Vixen
Petra Piringer
as Tavern Vixen
Erika Lajos
as Tavern Vixen
Dora Kanizsa
as Tavern Vixen
Lilla Bozoki
as Tavern Vixen
Dalma Lorincz
as Tavern Vixen
Patricia Hegedus
as Feasting Hall Server
Timea Palacsik
as Feasting Hall Guest
Ben Blankenship
as Feasting Hall Guest
Erik Orgovan
as Feasting Hall Guest
Shay Sabag
as Athenian Citizen
Anna Zsiros
as Athenian Citizen
Jean Pigozzi
as Athenian Lord
Anna Skidanova
as Athenian Lady
Aden G. Wright
as Child Hercules
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News & Interviews for Hercules

Critic Reviews for Hercules

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (22)

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

Full Review… | July 31, 2014
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

A greatest hits of sweat-drenched, sword-slinging machismo.

Full Review… | April 12, 2016

The overall giddy joy of Johnson's performance is infectious and spreads out to both his co-stars and the giant battles that fill the last third.

Full Review… | March 26, 2016
The Film Stage

Director Brett Ratner's vision to debunk all of the mythology behind Hercules is a unique one, but it ultimately paves the way for a generic and often boring film.

Full Review… | November 13, 2014
We Got This Covered

Johnson has a ball with the role, and there's something to be said for the exciting third act, but that doesn't make up for the sheer drudgery of the first two-thirds of the film that feature terrible pacing and very little characterization.

Full Review… | November 3, 2014

The movie could use more of its surprising if intermittent wit and less of its unsurprising if efficiently staged sword-and-sandal violence.

Full Review… | September 19, 2014
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for Hercules

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 'The Mummy'.

Flutie Archibald

Super Reviewer

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 mythical fantasy...and it was indeed pretty poor. Now later on down the line we have Brett Ratner's vision which basically goes for a Zack Snyder '300' tone and...errr its been directed by Brett Ratner...can you see where this is going?

The plot...the plot is the most mundane story I've come across for some time, I'm still shocked at how disappointing this was. Basically Hercules and his little band of merry men are hired by John Hurt to fight a war against some other bad guy. Hercules trains all John Hurt's men up into solid badasses and defeats the bad guy only to find out that he was fighting on the wrong side all along and John Hurt is actually the bad guy, shock horror! The movie then continues as Hercules and his plucky band of cliched action heroes defeat John Hurt...the end.

Seriously I haven't been this utterly disappointed by a movie for some time...well. I saw the trailers for this and admittedly it looked really dumb...but it also looked like a decent Conan type adventure with lots of monsters. Oh how wrong those trailers are, oh how wrong I was! There are no monsters, no hydras, no three headed wolves etc...instead the movie hints at these things only as stories, rousing tales told by Hercules nephew to boost the legend throughout the film. So basically you could also say they were stuck in to fool us too, trick us into thinking this movie might actually be of interest. At one point you think there's gonna be a big battle between Hercules with John Hurt's army and an army of centaurs...nope.

Its interesting that they look at Hercules as more of a real human in this movie, I'll give it that. The fantasy elements are hinted at and treated exactly as what they are/were...legends. Problem is Johnson isn't really good enough to pull off a semi realistic historical movie whether it be mythical or not. This guy needs fantasy because he himself is virtually a fantasy character, a superhero character, thusly this movie needed fantasy for Johnson to work within it. Without that the project crumbles, Johnson struggles and its very clear to see. So kudos for having Hercules as a regular fella with epic proportions but in this case with the lead it needed fantasy.

I think what really hurts is the fact this movie is just one big horrible formulaic CGI mess, one huge predictable cliche full of stereotypical characters we've seen over and over and more recently in a certain Peter Jackson trilogy. As said already Hercules has this little band of cutthroats that serve him...the most cliched band of characters EVER!! You have the bloke who's good with daggers or knives, the bloke who's good with a spear or staff, the crazyass lunatic who just kills anything that moves and of course the tough cocky female archer character who you can't quite decide if you fancy or not because she's no oil painting but the fact she can kick your ass excites you. Oh and John Hurt plays a grizzled old King with a dirty looking beard so no change there then.

On top of the dreadfully cliched characters the action is also dreadfully cliched and old hat too! well its no different to anything you've seen in previous sword n sandal fantasy type flicks. Dwayne Johnson looks foolish with the big fake lion skin on his head plus it looks like it will topple off at any given moment. Both the dagger/knife expert and tough female archer character appear to have infinite amounts of arrows and knives to shoot at enemies whilst the staff/spear expert played by aging British actor Ian McShane does in fact look way too old to be able to do any of the things he actually does. In short expect lots of ridiculous Peter Jackson-esque action sequences where the hero characters leap around slaying countless numbers of bad guys without breaking a sweat or running low on ammo.

To really compound the shittyness of everything Ratner also tries to make it look and feel cool by attempting some Greek Snyder Spartan military scenarios which unfortunately pale in comparison. Hell even the end credits are a complete rip off from that Spartan movie and only serve to show how poor this film actually is, a poor mans equivalent. But wait there's more! the movie doesn't even look any good either, the odd bits of CGI action are obvious, the sets are obvious, the odd CGI monster is obvious, Johnson actually looks bad as Hercules (outfit wise its totally lackluster) and his little team of misfits also look bland as hell.

One plus point was the fact they didn't shy away from showing some blood in the action, its not flowing with the stuff but the odd splatter helped. The only decent sequence in the entire movie was the battle against the...errm green skinned lizard men looking warriors. Even that turned into a farce towards the end with most of them getting mown down by two chariots (look closely and most extras are just falling down without anything happening to them, so jokey). Less said about the ending the better, totally eventless...but I liked how John Hurt's vast army support him one minute, then Hurt is killed and they all simultaneously decide to then serve Hercules the next minute...all gazillion of them.

The entire production was weak and quite frankly it isn't much better than the other movie with kellogg Lurch or whatever his name is. Yeah I knew not to expect anything that epic seeing as Dwayne Johnson was in the lead role but wow! I certainly did expect it to be better than this...some actual thrills would have been nice too.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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 we got. brett ratner strikes again.

danny d

Super Reviewer

Hercules Quotes

Amphiaraus: Excuse me, that was my moment.
Hercules: You're welcome.
– Submitted by Jean R (21 months ago)
Lord Cotys: Excuse me, that was my moment.
Hercules: You're welcome.
– Submitted by Jean R (21 months ago)
Hercules: You have it within you to write your own legacy.
– Submitted by Trina B (22 months ago)
Hercules: The king of this land has offered me gold to dispose of you. You can leave or die. I get paid either way.
– Submitted by Trina B (22 months ago)

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