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Hero Reviews

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Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
August 30, 2004
An idealized dream world where ancient warriors suck down massive amounts of helium before they fight and then do silly over-romanticized things like battle in their hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
August 26, 2004
'Hero' could have been a landmark film; as is, it is nothing more than a lot of pretty pictures in the service of a storyline far too muddled for its own good
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 27, 2004
The cinematography is more dynamic than the many fight sequences.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
August 27, 2004
One of the most sumptuously photographed movies you'll ever see, every shot of Hero should be in a coffee-table book. Good thing, because the story sorta stinks.
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
September 18, 2004
This movie is a pompous excuse for special effects..., a disappointing plunge into fantasy instead of an accurate telling of a vital part of Chinese history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 3, 2004
...so stuffed with stunts, so bare on plot, you might as well call it Crouching Tiger, Hidden Story.
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
August 25, 2004
The truly jaw-dropping thing about Hero is how it instantaneously turns from 'Crouching Tiger II' to 'Honey I Shot the Dissidents.'
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
December 16, 2004
A silly and bloated fable that takes itself too seriously.
| Original Score: 2/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Without the clarity of story, we begin to lose connection with the martial action, and it starts to seem repetitive.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
August 24, 2004
Hero's overly complex story line and emotionally remote characters may disappoint those art-house audiences who fell for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 27, 2004
Your eyes may widen even as you yawn.
| Original Score: 2/4
Liz Perle
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Gorgeous martial arts movie for older kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
July 5, 2005
Hero is filled with vibrant colors, well-choreographed fight sequences and a stylish script, all rolled into one unbelievable experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 26, 2004
In spite of people who want to view it as an example of a martial arts movie with depth, it's actually best appreciated on the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
August 29, 2004
The heavy drama that I did not find engaging is overcome by the wonderment of visuals -- all those deadly arrows flying lethally through the air, just thousands of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 27, 2004
Though Yimou never achieves the romance of Ang Lee's dabble in martial arts, he reaches new heights of spectacle with the combat.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 27, 2004
Demonstrates how the martial arts genre transcends action and violence and moves into poetry, ballet and philosophy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 23, 2004
This is an amazingly stylish and vivid motion picture, where images move the story forward more forcefully than the traditional methods of exposition, dialogue, and character development. If there's a drawback, it's that the plot is trite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 27, 2004
Hero is not a long movie, yet it is persuasively epic.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 6, 2004
The elegant precision of the ravishing images gives each scene a timeless beauty.
| Original Score: B+
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