The Hero

The Hero

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The Hero

Sam Elliott is an ailing movie star who comes to terms with his past and mortality in this Sundance Grand Jury Prize-nominated comedy drama.

"Lee Hayden (Elliott) is an aging Western icon with a golden voice, but his best performances are decades behind him. He spends his days reliving old glories and smoking too much weed with his former-co-star-turned-dealer, Jeremy (Nick Offerman), until a surprise cancer diagnosis brings his priorities into sharp focus. He soon strikes up an exciting, contentious relationship with stand-up comic Charlotte (Laura Prepon), and he attempts to reconnect with his estranged daughter, Lucy (Krysten Ritter), all while searching for one final role to cement his legacy." (Sundance Film Festival)

2017Rating: M, Sex scenes, offensive language & drug use97 minsUSA
ComedyDramaFestival & Independent
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Instead of the usual page-per-minute of screen time, this film feels like a 30-page script stretched to 90-odd minutes.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

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Even at its most contrived, The Hero exerts a soothing attraction not unlike the man at its center.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Without Lee's complicity in the triteness of his story - and Mr. Elliott's ability to sell it as a melancholy burden - this low-key feature by Brett Haley wouldn't be half as pleasurable.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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It's not perfect, but it is a gift to Sam Elliott – and to us.

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NPR

NPR

press

Most of its plot elements are overly familiar, but they're invigourated by Elliott's easygoing performance and the way Haley deploys them in explicit homage to his muse.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Elliott's droll delivery and laconic charm are very much in evidence; he probably couldn't turn them off if he tried, though "The Hero" leaves you wondering if maybe he should have.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Sam Elliott's smoky, whiskey-soaked baritone is one of American cinema's undervalued treasures... It pretty much rescues Brett Haley's... The Hero, cutting clean through the film's pile of clichés with its gruff feeling and wry, weary wit.

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Variety

Variety

press

Instead of the usual page-per-minute of screen time, this film feels like a 30-page script stretched to 90-odd minutes.

0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

Even at its most contrived, The Hero exerts a soothing attraction not unlike the man at its center.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Without Lee's complicity in the triteness of his story - and Mr. Elliott's ability to sell it as a melancholy burden - this low-key feature by Brett Haley wouldn't be half as pleasurable.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

It's not perfect, but it is a gift to Sam Elliott – and to us.

0
NPR

NPR

press

Most of its plot elements are overly familiar, but they're invigourated by Elliott's easygoing performance and the way Haley deploys them in explicit homage to his muse.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Elliott's droll delivery and laconic charm are very much in evidence; he probably couldn't turn them off if he tried, though "The Hero" leaves you wondering if maybe he should have.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Sam Elliott's smoky, whiskey-soaked baritone is one of American cinema's undervalued treasures... It pretty much rescues Brett Haley's... The Hero, cutting clean through the film's pile of clichés with its gruff feeling and wry, weary wit.

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