The Hero

Drama • R • Directed by: Brett Haley • 97 minutes

THE HERO stars the legendary Sam Elliott as an aging actor confronting mortality in the moving new film from writer/director Brett Haley (I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS). Lee Hayden (Elliott) is a 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. THE HERO is a beautiful and poignant celebration of life and the legacies we all leave behind.

Viewer reviews

beautiful and tender
★★★★★
just a lovely movie. wonderful acting. i truly enjoyed it. — Randifishenfeld

A joy!
★★★★★
Gentle and true this move captures Sam Elliott and Katherine Ross with heart felt passion, finding life together as it is and not how we want it to be. Like a thirty year old scotch, Elliott provides the smooth taste and Ross provides the kick on the backside. Unconventional, fresh and worth watching a second and thrid time. — Kiite

Real Life Including the Slow Parts
★★★★
The Hero feels like real life including all its dull, slow, awkward and difficult parts. It's not a happy movie so it's not going to lift you up or provide a good time on a Friday night. But, it may make you think about some important things lke family, legacy, and thoughtfulness. — SK1003

Meh
★★★★★
The pace is too slow. Riddled with cliches. Something to play in the background while you cook. — RealPerson193

Beautiful Movie
★★★★★
The title of this review says it all but for sake of reiteration, “Beautiful Movie.” — MathOsGuru

Wanted to like it, But.....
★★★★
I love Sam Elliot (really, who dosen't), but I was left so depressed and let down after watching this. The stupid drug scenes made me feel like I was back in the 60s watching the drug inspired ravings of some self-indulgent director. It was slow, uninteresting, and most of all dissapointing. — Stills Fan 01

Depressing
★★★★
Who does not like Sam Elliott’s voice. I bought this movie on that basis and his previous movies. But this movie was a lame imitation of his earlier characters. It dragged, scripts were predictable and very depressing. If you are a big Sam Elliott fan and insist on seeing it, save your money and just rent it...if you must. — Guess123..

Love this movie!!
★★★★★
What can I say? Sam Elliott is absolutely superb in this film. He just seems to get better with age. The supporting cast is also great. Sam rocks !!! Always has !!! Highly recommend to everyone. 👍👍👍😎 — Faux Anonymity

Too much mumbling
★★★★★
Disappointed — Landscapingman

Amazing Performance
★★★★★
Dear Sam Elliott, thank you very much for this movie. Watching you for almost 2 hours was pure joy. Also the rest of the cast was beautiful. Definitely worth watching. — FredoA

Really good until...
★★★★★
....the totally misplaced comedy scene. Blew the entire plot. That was just plain weird, and then the disconnect was raging. Otherwise, even with that huge flaw, I would still watch anything Sam Elliott is in. — HellandBackInRealLife

Beautiful. Reflective.
★★★★★
Perfectly cast. Beautiful. Reflective. — muzikfreaks3

The Hero
★★★★★
A deeply written heartfelt but funny and terrific movie starring the perfect man Sam Elliott for the role of a lifetime. Also special was the other leads Nick Offerman Laura Prepon and Katherine Ross Kristin Ritter making it a powerful movie we all can relate too. Be ready to laugh and cry and laugh and cry. But there is deep meaning for all of us. Congrats Sam Elliott and cast. Must see! — windsurfjeff

S.....L.....O.....W.
★★★★★
Acting is great. Plot is way too slow. — Sammmmm007

Great movie
★★★★★
I loved this movie from beginning to end, and I'm glad I bought it. Sam Elliott is a great actor, and he does an awesome job in this movie. — Meggie Gray Andersen

A National Treasure!
★★★★★
Sam Elliott is a national treasure! It's criminal it took so long for him to get his own project, but the Hero makes up for it! He's in every scene and his talented co-stars only make him shine brighter. Definitely will have a fe Best Actor noms early next year. — Markymark444

GREENINGS SCREENINGS
★★★★★
There tends to be a presumption that comes with the word "artsy" in regards to film. That a film feels boring or drawn out, even if it's well crafted like The Tree of Life. However, The Hero proves that one can be artsy and entertaining, especially with a lead like Sam Elliott who takes every unspoken moment to say something emotional about his character. The film does suffer from a natural comparison with films that have similar themes such as Lost in Translation and The Wrestler. The negative impact being that it never achieves the same emotional impact of those other films, but still makes a respectable effort. — gmanggmoney

Smooth As Buttah...
★★★★★
Sam Elliott is amazing in THE HERO -- it's his swan song to say the least. But he's surrounded by a killer cast including a hilarious Nick Offerman, adorable Laura Prepon and a supporting cast that feels genuine to the world. — Arman223

Sam at his best 👍
★★★★★
I'm a huge fan of this actor. And this movie is almost a biography per say of this actor. He has a golden voice 🤑. He's done more voice over work than any other actor as well as his quite but believable persona as a true western man. Loved his wife ( Katherine Ross) was in this film and ironically 1 daughter as in real life. I could watch him make toast and he'd put meaning behind it 😉. Even if your not a fan of Sam E - this is a movie you don't want to miss. Kudos to the director, writers and cast ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫. Can't wait to own this flick — Gamer holdem