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Ratings & Reviews

  1. angeldromero's rating of the film Hero

    Aesthetically very pleasant but the narrative and its characters didn't touch me. I wanted to love this but I couldn't.

  2. xuxuxush's rating of the film Hero

    empty aesthetics & overwrought special effects, with forced, incoherent central thesis (the only way to peace is unification), heavyhanded propaganda. A superficial depiction of jianghu with no real love for or understanding of this rich and ancient concept that predates the Qin dynasty and will certainly outlast the CCP.

  3. Henrique Barbosa Justini's rating of the film Hero

    Even without a weapon, the warrior can slay his enemy from a hundred paces. But the ultimate ideal is when the sword disappears altogether. The warrior embraces all around him. The desire to kill no longer exists. Only peace remains.

  4. Naoya Kugimiya's rating of the film Hero

  5. Jdsarmientoburgos's rating of the film Hero

    Of all these martial arts films “Hero” is my favorite. It uses a similar style of Rashomon in retelling the same story multiple times, and uses a different color setting for each. And it is freaking gorgeous. How many times have you witnessed a chick fight slap down involving leaves?

  6. burning_chrome's rating of the film Hero

  7. Salma's rating of the film Hero

    Stunning but ideologically deplorable.

  8. Eric Eidelstein's rating of the film Hero

    There’s a world in which it’s feasible that Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung found each other shortly after In the Mood for Love and traveled back in time to ancient China to become an epic wuxia duo. Happy to see them reunite for this.

  9. anarresti's rating of the film Hero

    The stunning scenes can make me forgive the patriotism and ideology it carries. It starts by saying that the Qin ruler was ruthless and then becomes apologetics of the unification of the seven kingdoms that became China. The premise of the narrative works quite well. Each point of vue has a different color, and the story is retold and recreated visually with great cinematography. The soundtrack works perfectly.

  10. Kamran's rating of the film Hero

    Along with House of Flying Daggers, a testament to Zhang Yimou's inimitable mastery of cinematic affect--episodic cinematography with moment by moment impact. And like HOFD, the narrative is incidental. 90/100 - amazing.

  11. MisterColo93's rating of the film Hero

  12. duncsbailey's rating of the film Hero

    A beguilingly beautiful film, but for me one that ultimately felt like style over substance.

  13. Fabio Osvaldo Carta's rating of the film Hero

  14. Mert Kaya's rating of the film Hero

    this movie tries to tell letting hitler rule europe brings power and peace. its unacceptable for me: message is more important than visuals so, big no.

  15. Roland Nicolai Fanega's rating of the film Hero

  16. irislang's rating of the film Hero

    maggie cheung is the hero of this!! i guess who you view as the hero depends on whether u believe the unification/birth of china as a political entity is a good thing or not...

  17. mac le mac's rating of the film Hero

  18. John Matrix's rating of the film Hero

    It's like the anti-Star Wars. Group of motivated rebels fight evil, well-equipped empire only to realize that the force they're fighting is the world's best hope for stability and peace. A little dubious considering this was co-produced by the largest state-run distributor in China. Nevertheless, HERO is filled with wonderful, balletic fights and stirring photography of China's diverse geography.

  19. Ethan Hodson's rating of the film Hero

  20. Nick Potter's rating of the film Hero

    I've been on a wuxia kick ever since The Assassin. While I don't feel this film lives up to that, I still adored it in all of its violent elegance.

  21. cin·aes·the·tic's rating of the film Hero

    A digitally-enhanced visual spectacle, this is the film that probably landed director Zhang Yimou the gig of directing the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It can best be compared to a comic bo... um, 'graphic novel'; it wouldn't lose much if the scenes were converted to panels and the dialogue into bubbles. Beautiful to look at, difficult to believe, and ultimately too worshipful of absolute power.

  22. John Woodall's rating of the film Hero

    The only thing that really stands out about this film is the exceptional visuals. Some of these shots are just undeniably beautiful. On the other hand, the action scenes really left me disappointed. What starts out as impressive or poetic quickly turns into a CGI assisted bore of continually trying to top itself in each hopelessly impossible technique. With a weak story to match, it really falls short for me.

  23. David R Williams's rating of the film Hero

    Story wise...who cares. Visually...stunning. And Maggie beautiful it hurts. Really.

  24. Brian Trinh's rating of the film Hero

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