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The Hero (2017)

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Critic Consensus: The Hero rests on Sam Elliott's understated performance, which proves more than capable of carrying the film through the less inspired moments of its somewhat clichéd story.

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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.

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Nothing terribly novel here, but director Brett Haley has assembled a strong cast and a generous spirit, and Elliott has a way of finding poetry in silent gaze, speaking his lines as if written on velvet.

June 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Of course the main selling point is Sam Elliott aka Lee Hayden. I don't even know who makes that barbecue sauce Lee is touting at the beginning of the film or whether it's really good or just mass-produced glop, but based on that voiceover, I'd buy it.

June 16, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is a real movie about real people doing real things and facing real problems.

June 15, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Even at its most contrived, "The Hero" exerts a soothing attraction not unlike the man at its center.

June 15, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Elliott invests his character with such authority that the movie resounds like a pair of bootheels.

June 15, 2017 | Full Review…

There's hardly a surprise in it. But Sam Elliott is in it, and that makes a big difference.

June 15, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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