Hero Reviews

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January 5, 2018
Until the final 15 minutes of its deceptively short hour-and-a-half running time, Hero is a marvel, one of the best films to be released in the United States this year. It concludes, however, on a note both emotionally unsatisfying and morally idiotic.
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
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
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.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Dishes up some of the most extravagant doodling in cinema.
September 23, 2004
Mortal wounds are delivered and received like love letters. Even the plot is a piece of poetry, intensely formal and hopelessly sentimental
September 21, 2004
Visually spectacular but slight on story.
September 9, 2004
I wouldn't have missed this spectacle for the world, and neither should you -- despite an admitted quirk in my political sensibility in these contentious times that keeps me from admiring the film wholeheartedly.
August 30, 2004
This is a fantastic film.
August 29, 2004
So deliriously chockablock with high-flying, color-coordinated fight scenes that non-aficionados may find it all a bit bewildering -- a gorgeous abstraction. It sure is gorgeous, though, and it has a dream cast.
August 28, 2004
It's not too much to say that Hero is one of the most ravishing spectacles the movies have given us.
August 27, 2004
If martial arts movies have always seemed like musicals with full body contact, Zhang Yimou's Hero is the closest the form has yet come to a full-blown Vincente Minnelli MGM extravaganza.
August 27, 2004
The writers seem more interested in their Rashomon-style tale than they are in the people telling it. Still, eye candy this ravishing shouldn't be sniffed at.
August 27, 2004
Bursting with luscious color and stunning visual effects.
August 27, 2004
Ravishes the eye without quite touching the heart.
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.
August 27, 2004
Full of passionate performances, sizzling swordplay, bold and dazzling hues, and breathtaking landscapes.
August 27, 2004
If you found Crouching Tiger a stunning bore, you probably won't fall under Hero's spell. But the rest of us, well, we'll be more than happy to savor every moment of its strange, ravishing beauty.
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