Critic Consensus: Fast-paced and packed with dozens of pop culture references, Hercules might not measure up with the true classics of the Disney pantheon, but it's still plenty of fun.
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Critic Reviews for Hercules
Chock-full of celeb cameos, puns and contemporary camp, the movie is annoyingly hip.
It's a winning tall tale, cleverly told and wonderfully voiced...
Another benchmark achievement for the Aladdin team of Musker and Clements.
Audience Reviews for Hercules
Disney saw another franchise opportunity in Greek myth and, using cues learned from pop culture quick riff artist Robin Williams in Aladdin, endeavors to set it off, borrowing heavily from the Superman origin tale. Insert random love interest and voila! Character actors James Woods and Danny DeVito very nearly move the light idea into heavyweight contender status. Entertaining but often too strident.
It is irritating enough that they alter most of the original legend just for the sake of doing so, but the real problem here is that the jokes and pop references to modern times and American culture are far from smart and get tired fast, with the third act being a silly, unexciting mess.
"Hercules (1997)" is a very fun kids film that get's pretty dark and mysterious at times, and is also very bright and colourful family fun. Having all of these elements and being able to do them well is definitely an accomplishment, so just leave it to the team at Disney to do it. This film is ultimately about love and strength and both ideologies are represented very well here. Although the films premise dwindles from it's core every now and then, it still makes for a very entertaining and well-written Disney film. It is not among Disney's best, but it is one of the most fun. "Hercules (1997)" is a blast!
|Phil:||Yeah, I had a dream. I dreamed I would train the greatest hero there ever was. So great the gods would hang a picture of him in the stars for everyone to see. And everyone would say, "That's Phil's boy." That's right. Ah, but dreams are for rookies, kid. A guy can only take so much disappointment.|
|Hades:||Well, Well! It's small underworld after all!|
|Meg:||Ugh, What's the matter with me? You'd think a girl would learn.|
|Hades:||i have 24 hours to get rid of this bozo while the entire plan ive been planning goes up in smoke and you are wearing his MERCHANDISE!!!|
|Hades:||I have 24 hours to get rid of this bozo while the entire plan I've been planning goes up in smoke and you are wearing his MERCHANDISE!|
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