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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Predictable adventure has lots of violence, decent actors.

Movie PG-13 2014 98 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 16+

It is really violent

It has excessive amounts of blood and partial nudity and is full of swearing and violence very inproppiate

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 12+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (19 ):

The story and the action sequences, while mildly entertaining, are nothing spectacular -- or nothing you haven't already seen in countless similar movies. Johnson is one of Hollywood's most charismatic action stars -- he commits to his roles and generally plays likable heroes who are easy to root for in every movie -- but his Hercules is considerably broodier than other characters Johnson has played, and he leaves the humor to his co-stars, especially McShane and Sewell. These three actors are basically the chief reasons to see this popcorn action flick.

The dialogue is so formulaic that moments that should be serious or poignant are eye-rollingly obvious and almost laughable. And the flashbacks to Hercules' sexy (and dead) wife disrobing and looking sultry take away from the emotional impact of her death. When Maximus in Gladiator remembered his wife, it wasn't about how sexually attractive she was but about the fact that she was his wife and the mother of his child. It's a shame that since there's no outright romance in Hercules, the director chose to add in those unnecessary scenes, as well some off-the-mark double entendres about long swords and tongues and the like. These fall flat, unlike the many subtle jokes that McShane's Amphiaraus delivers. In the end, McShane's quiet, wise, and funny seer and Sewell's sarcastic realist steal the show, but they still can't save the movie from being just another forgettable action flick. At the very least, it's better than The Legend of Hercules.

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