Imaginary Heroes


Imaginary Heroes

Critics Consensus

Imaginary Heroes is a muddled, melodramatic and unconvincing drama.



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Tim Travis is walking through his life like it's a bad dream. His mother Sandy is the master of the Travis house with a healthy drug habit, a decade long grudge, and a secret that is literally tearing her apart. His father Ben is a shell of the man he once was, crippled by circumstance and blind to the mistakes of his past. But, in typical American style, the Travises aren't depressed they're living their lives in a forlorn haze. As painful revelations are made that threaten to divide the family, moments of laughter and truth provide the salve that ultimately brings them closer together.


Sigourney Weaver
as Sandy Travis
Emile Hirsch
as Tim Travis
Jeff Daniels
as Ben Travis
Michelle Williams
as Penny Travis
Kip Pardue
as Matt Travis
Deirdre O'Connell
as Marge Dwyer
Ryan Donowho
as Kyle Dwyer
Suzanne Santo
as Steph Connors
Luke Robertson
as Jack Johnson
Lori Yeghiayan
as Veteran Home Receptionist
Marcia DeBonis
as Nurse Lindy
Erin Fritch
as Emily Slaff
Lee Wilkof
as Mitchell Goldstein
Matthew Carey
as Brett Tabisel
Terry Beaver
as Dr. Monte
Henry Strozier
as Dr. Davis
Sara Tanaka
as Shelly Chan
Ned Benson
as Undercover Hippie
Stephen Rowe
as Emergency Room Dr
Larry Fessenden
as Store Clerk
Jen Jones
as Sophie
Lee Brock
as Inappropriate Soccer Mom #1
Barbara Gulan
as Inappropriate Soccer Mom #2
Adam LeFevre
as Bob Clyde
Bruce Norris
as Mr. Barnes
Fran McGee
as Martha
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Critic Reviews for Imaginary Heroes

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (33)

  • 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.

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

    Mar 18, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Failed ambition is still ambition. Imaginary Heroes may overreach, but it challenges us as it does. That's heroic in any filmmaker.

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

    Mar 11, 2005 | Full Review…
  • Conversations, by the way, need to be laconic, cynical and postmodern. Tears take their time, if they come at all.

    Mar 11, 2005 | Full Review…
  • Imaginary Heroes may not show the directorial confidence of Zach Braff's remarkable Garden State or the emotional depth of A Home at the End of the World, but it's a strong character-driven story all the same.

    Mar 4, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | 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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