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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.



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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) Paramount

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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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Critic Reviews for Hercules

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (26)

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

    Jul 31, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The story is fairly straightforward, and, more importantly, so is much of the action.

    Jul 26, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The battle scenes, though rousing, fall short of epic. But it's reliably fun to watch - up until the brutish, smudgy conclusion ...

    Jul 26, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • It simply fails to exploit its assets: an amusing, revisionist take on the mythological strongman, and the charisma of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

    Jul 25, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Hercules" heaves and grunts along, interrupted by battle scenes that are visually impressive (when's the last time you saw someone pick up a horse and throw it?) but emotionally uninvolving.

    Jul 25, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Top Critic
  • The movie is plagued by a split identity: It's half-slog, half-Mel Brooks.

    Jul 25, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hercules

  • Jul 12, 2016
    Someone had the incredibly stupid idea of showing Hercules' infamous tasks within the first five minutes and then tell a somewhat conventional story of antique battles and rebellion. The Rock is a charismatic hero and his team works, too. Without this cast this movie would have fallen to pieces. As it is, the action is decent, the result entertaining enough and thankfully it doesn't take itself too seriously. But still, whoever came up with this simplistic plot should be smacked over the head.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2015
    I like that the movie commits to it's "revisionist" take on Greek myth by going so far as to make the main characters all skilled liars. While that material is fun, the rest is perfunctory and a little dull.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2015
    Ratner tries to do something different with the character only to end up ticking off every cliche by the end.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2014
    Director Brett Ratner looks at the man behind the legend in the big-budget action film Hercules. Based on a graphic novel, the story follows the Greek warrior Hercules and his band of mercenaries as they come to the aid of the King of Thrace to help him fight off a warlord. The film features an impressive cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, and John Hurt. However, the performances are a little weak; as the characters come off as one-dimensional stereotypes. Still, that's about par for an action film, and it's made up for by the exciting fight sequences. And, the score brings a lot of energy to the film. While Hercules doesn't exactly live up to expectations, it's alright for a sword and sandals style adventure.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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