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Hero Reviews

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August 24, 2017
If it were merely lovely and silly, that would be fine, but Hero wants to be more than merely kung fu fun. It has a message.
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.
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.
August 5, 2013
The austerity of Hero makes you realize how cluttered other action movies are.
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
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
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.
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.
August 5, 2013
Intoxicatingly beautiful, structurally enigmatic and decidedly brief.
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.
January 2, 2011
Gorgeous martial arts movie for older kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 27, 2009
Zhang weaves a complex and interesting story but the ultimate strength of Hero is its poetic beauty.
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
October 18, 2008
A visually stunning martial arts epic in the wuxia tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
July 4, 2008
... one of the best films of its kind and one of the most beautiful films ever made.
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
September 17, 2007
Better experienced than discussed -- and better seen two or more times.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Dishes up some of the most extravagant doodling in cinema.
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