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Hero Reviews

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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
March 18, 2014
As they move through the martial-arts sequences, the performers leave the impression that the laws of gravity are subject to amendment. The rules of love and war -- all's fair -- are, Hero makes clear, immutable.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 5, 2013
The result is not so much a historical epic as a kind of highly determined ballet: dreamy with bloodless violence, relying less on shades of character than on magnificence of gesture.
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August 5, 2013
The austerity of Hero makes you realize how cluttered other action movies are.
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
August 5, 2013
What makes Hero special is that it has so much more going for it than just the superb fight sequences. There are a satisfyingly complex plot, passionate romance, cool special effects and strong performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Total Film
August 5, 2013
Sumptuous and breath-catching, Hero blends the elegance of fine visual art with the more familiar cinematic jollies of attractive people engaged in crunching punch-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 5, 2013
Zhang Yimou's Hero is a true martial arts epic -- a spectacle of movement, color and sound that will leave you awe-struck.
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Hank Sartin
Chicago Reader
August 5, 2013
The result is both thrilling and thoughtful, offering imaginative action sequences as it considers questions of loyalty and the individual's role in history.
Mike Goodridge
Screen International
August 5, 2013
Intoxicatingly beautiful, structurally enigmatic and decidedly brief.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 5, 2013
As a technical achievement, Hero finds Zhang at the height of his powers, effortlessly expanding into complex genre filmmaking without losing his command. But in light of his earlier work, the film continues a sharp decline in urgency.
Liz Perle
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Gorgeous martial arts movie for older kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
September 27, 2009
Zhang weaves a complex and interesting story but the ultimate strength of Hero is its poetic beauty.
Bill Gibron
September 17, 2009
When we are not left agog by the pristine production design and costuming, we marvel at the various staged conflicts, each one bringing a new level of proficiency and polish to an already overripe genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
October 18, 2008
A visually stunning martial arts epic in the wuxia tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
This intriguing, intoxicating martial-arts epic about the unification of China during the third century B.C. is a visual masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Steve Biodrowski
July 4, 2008
... one of the best films of its kind and one of the most beautiful films ever made.
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 3, 2008
In what may be the movie's most spectacular set piece ... Zhang pits the sword against the pen and fends off war with knowledge and non-violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Gonsalves
September 17, 2007
Better experienced than discussed -- and better seen two or more times.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 26, 2006
While consistently watchable, Yimou's movie is infused with a dirge-like tone...making it a somewhat wearisome and sluggish experience
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Dishes up some of the most extravagant doodling in cinema.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
May 3, 2006
Each scene is a painting; within those paintings is a ballet of movement, in the guise of wire-aided martial arts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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