BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Hercules Reviews

By Dr. Know on July 26th, 2014

Critic Reviews for Hercules

via Rotten Tomatoes

The battle scenes, though rousing, fall short of epic. But it’s reliably fun to watch – up until the brutish, smudgy conclusion …

July 26, 2014Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia Inquirer
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It simply fails to exploit its assets: an amusing, revisionist take on the mythological strongman, and the charisma of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: Washington Post

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“Hercules” heaves and grunts along, interrupted by battle scenes that are visually impressive (when’s the last time you saw someone pick up a horse and throw it?) but emotionally uninvolving.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: Newsday

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The movie is plagued by a split identity: It’s half-slog, half-Mel Brooks.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: New York Times

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A big-budget misfire of a sizeable order, a visually busy but emotionally dead endeavor that wearies the viewer with endless computer generated special effects while failing to provide a scintilla of human interest.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: ReelViews

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A surprisingly satisfying blend of action, adventure and swift plotting.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: Toronto Star

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“Hercules” is great fun and highly entertaining if you enjoy Greek mythology and action/adventure films.

July 26, 2014Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Kaplan vs. Kaplan

“Hercules” has a rousing beginning. Too bad the movie didn’t include more of that.

July 26, 2014Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Watchable, fancifully staged and its fast pace makes it easy to handle, but the acting is wooden, the storytelling clunky and the incessant slaughter is less than compelling.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Ozus’ World Movie Reviews

If the phrase “Brett Ratner’s Hercules starring The Rock” sounds like a fun movie to you, then you’ll get your money’s worth from Hercules.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: ScreenRant

ScreenRant

An entertaining and boisterous action flick, Hercules offers a fresh take on the legendary character and his heroics.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: IGN Movies

IGN Movies

It’s a bold take on a swords and sandals staple, yet it’s one that pays unexpected dividends.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: SFX Magazine

SFX Magazine

As a take on Hercules, you’d have to say it’s a bit laboured.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

The best thing about Hercules may be how well it meets its goals. It’s not the definitive look at ancient Greek demigods, but it is smart, exciting escapist fare that won’t disappoint Johnson’s fans.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: Film Journal International

Film Journal International

This Hercules need bear little resemblance to the classical one.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: National Post

National Post

 

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