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Rated PG-13 for stylized martial arts violence and a scene of sensuality.

PG-13 In Theaters 08/27/2004 , 93min.
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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. Full Review
David Edelstein
If his (Zhang's) fight scenes don't fully intoxicate, though, his color and compositional rigor compensate for much. See Hero on the biggest screen you can find, and sit close enough for all that spiraling silk to tickle your nostril hairs. Full Review
Derek Elley
A dazzlingly lensed, highly stylized meditation on heroism. Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
You can feel the movie's sensibility and its powerful emotions in every aching image, which leaves you so caught up in these ancient times, you're loath to return to present-day normalcy. Full Review
James Berardinelli
If there's a drawback, it's that the plot is trite. Hero is an exemplary example of visual poetry. The narrative is clearly of secondary concern. Full Review

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