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Parents' Guide to

The Legend of Hercules

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Mythical tale is violent and poorly executed.

Movie PG-13 2014 99 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Classical Mythical Stories, Poorly Done

This is a story based on Greek mythology. It is not very interesting or well filmed Concerning appropriateness for children, there is considerable violence (not gruesome or explicit), and considerable sexual material concerning what god or king is bedding what woman. Bedroom scenes with sexual activity are shown, although the participants are covered and there is no nudity.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Unless you are going solely for the excuse to stare at shirtless actors for 99 minutes, there's no reason to bother with Hercules. The action sequences are poor imitations of Gladiator, 300, and nearly every other ancient-legend drama, and the dialogue is laughable but not laughable enough to make the action-adventure campy or "so bad it's good."

Lutz looks and acts like a bleached and tanned college kid who spends all his time in the gym, and his beloved Princess Hebe is apparently only capable of one facial expression -- whether she's staring at a half-naked Hercules emerging from water, contemplating jumping to her death to escape an arranged marriage, or grieving her love's supposed death. The one bright spot in the cast is Liam McIntyre, who starred as Andy Whitfield's replacement on the Starz show Spartacus. He's a talented actor who deserves more than this forgettable swords-and-sandals fare.

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