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Based on 39 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The film never musters the intimate feel the gifted director brought to such early films as "Raise the Red Dragon" and "Ju Dou." You cheer his accomplishment in Hero without ever feeling close to it. show more

  • 75
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    Not as profound as it is pretty, Hero nevertheless gives us something to ponder beyond Zhang's feat in mounting such a magnificent production. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A movie just good enough to keep nurturing rooting interest as you watch it. show more

  • 70
    Wall Street Journal

    Rich in motion -- the very clothes of the characters seem under a choreographer's direction -- as well as imagery. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Its stars - especially the photogenic Leung and Cheung, fresh from Wong Kar Wai's jazzy romance In the Mood for Love - are wonderfully charismatic. And wonderfully athletic. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    As gorgeous and contemplative as it is, Hero is a genre picture and needs to deliver the action goods. To that end, there are plenty of clever, lovingly choreographed sequences. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Swooningly beautiful, furious and thrilling, Zhang Yimou's Hero is an action movie for the ages. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    A walloping entertainment, brimming with the magic-realist action that made Ang Lee's somewhat similar "Couching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" a hit. show more

  • 100
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    Hero is one of the most beautiful and involving films of the year. show more

  • 100
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    Hero is a movie that lives up to all the nobility of its title, a gift to movie audiences who cherish the opportunity to be transported to a heretofore unimagined world and absorbed totally into what happens there. show more

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