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The Hero (2017)

The Hero (2017)


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Lee Hayden (Sam Elliott) is an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy.


Critic Reviews for The Hero

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

Haley's movie is marred by a clear limit to its poetry, and the way it has little tact with references to the title star.

January 28, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Elliott's a master of understatement, and just watching him stare off into the distance, mulling mortality with a weathered cowboy stance, is true cinematic Zen.

January 26, 2017 | Full Review…
New York Post
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With Elliott front and center of every scene, "The Hero" pulls off the kind of acting showcase that its fictional star can never achieve.

January 25, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

"The Hero" is a resonant depiction of a man fearlessly reckoning with his life, his image and most importantly, his heart. Sam Elliott could not be more compelling.

January 22, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
The Playlist
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Instead of the usual page-per-minute of screen time, this film feels like a 30-page script stretched to 90-odd minutes.

January 22, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Sam Elliott's smoky, whiskey-soaked baritone is one of American cinema's undervalued treasures... It pretty much rescues Brett Haley's... The Hero, cutting clean through the film's pile of clichés with its gruff feeling and wry, weary wit.

January 22, 2017 | Full Review…
Hollywood Reporter
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