Imaginary Heroes

2004, Drama, 1h 52m

106 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Imaginary Heroes is a muddled, melodramatic and unconvincing drama. Read critic reviews

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After their college athlete son (Kip Pardue) commits suicide, Sandy (Sigourney Weaver) and Ben Travis (Jeff Daniels) re-evaluate their relationship. Their teenage son, Tim (Emile Hirsch), offers some relief from the difficulties when Sandy starts smoking marijuana with him, though Ben feels excluded from their newfound friendship. When Tim realizes he is no longer attracted to his girlfriend, Steph (Suzanne Santo), his interest in neighbor Kyle (Ryan Donowho) takes on a whole new meaning.

Cast & Crew

Emile Hirsch
Tim Travis
Jeff Daniels
Ben Travis
Kip Pardue
Matt Travis
Ryan Donowho
Kyle Dwyer
Suzanne Santo
Steph Connors
Luke Robertson
Jack Johnson
Lee Wilkof
Mitchell Goldstein
Terry Beaver
Dr. Montey
Sara Tanaka
Shelly Chan
Deborah Lurie
Original Music
Tim Orr
Cinematographer
James Lyons
Film Editor
Rick Butler
Production Design
Mila Khalevich
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Critic Reviews for Imaginary Heroes

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (69)

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    July 5, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Although she comes across as bordering on insufferable, we are expected to understand that Sandy is the touchstone of honesty in the film because, like other American films of the Sundance variety, eccentricity signifies emotional authenticity.

    March 18, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
  • Weaver pretty much keeps Imaginary Heroes aloft.

    March 18, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Has a third act that consists almost entirely of skeletons tumbling out of the closet, but Weaver's and Hirsch's flawless performances elevate the film above and beyond the ranks of 'Ordinary People' pastiches, and in the end it stands on its own merits.

    March 13, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Failed ambition is still ambition. Imaginary Heroes may overreach, but it challenges us as it does. That's heroic in any filmmaker.

    March 11, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
  • An ambitious, uneven directorial debut.

    March 11, 2005 | Full Review…
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    July 5, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Although she comes across as bordering on insufferable, we are expected to understand that Sandy is the touchstone of honesty in the film because, like other American films of the Sundance variety, eccentricity signifies emotional authenticity.

    March 18, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
  • Weaver pretty much keeps Imaginary Heroes aloft.

    March 18, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Has a third act that consists almost entirely of skeletons tumbling out of the closet, but Weaver's and Hirsch's flawless performances elevate the film above and beyond the ranks of 'Ordinary People' pastiches, and in the end it stands on its own merits.

    March 13, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Think Ice Storm and Donnie Darko as the American Dream goes terribly awry in the bosom of a suburban family.

    May 7, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The fractured, non-linear narrative fires plenty of red herrings and there are plenty of pointless characters with melodramatic side plots that go nowhere.

    April 24, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Imaginary Heroes

  • Oct 09, 2013
    Not sure how I felt about this movie. Small twist at the end that proves things and people aren't always what they seem.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2011
    This family drama should have focused more on the emotional impact of the tragedy on the characters, but instead it goes for artificial conflicts and pathetic clichés, suffering also from an excess of information with many unnecessary details added at every moment to create new useless twists.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2011
    Such a tough topic, but Sigourney Weaver is the Lifetime movie character actor of real movies. Great acting from all of the cast, but the subject is not a cheerful one.
    Thomas J Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2010
    Full of genuine emotion, powerhouse performances, and tender writing. Dan Harris' film is honest, dark and extremely thought provoking.
    Steven C Super Reviewer

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