Viewer reviewsThis movie bites.
I *love* Sam Elliott. (Who doesn’t, right?) This movie doesn’t do him or his talent justice. There’s *no* chemistry between him and Charlotte, his love interest (played by Laura Prepon, who I also love from her episode in Castle, but who feels totally unnatural and stilted in this role). The dialogue feels unreal, like it doesn’t match the emotions or movements of the actors. I can’t believe Rotten Tomatoes gave it 78%. Somebody is letting their admiration for Sam Elliott, the man, compensate for the movie starring Sam Elliot the actor. Total waste of money, but more important—a total waste of time. I rarely write reviews, but felt the need to write one for this. The movie just isn’t what it could have been had they maybe cast a more multi-dimensional love interest like a Maggie Gyllenhaal who has more emotional range on camera. Such an “intimate” and up-close story requires actors who can, with the slightest change of a facial expression or tone of voice, render universal feeling. Sadly, the supporting cast just didn’t have it (including the ex-wife and daughter). — flamencofeet
Rare American Film of Quality
A film about character, real life, love, fatherhood, manhood, work, achievement, redemption and the life force. Sam Elliott is brilliant in his precise definition of the man at the terminal point of life judging himself harshly, rejecting the role as hero. You will enjoy this poignant production. It actually leaves you wanting more. Perhaps, like all the characters striving for one more chapter in their life, one more day of love and joy of life. Worthy of awards. I particularly like Laura Prepon. She needs a big role. She always had talent. This film let's her use it. The camera catches it all. — BSerracin
Really had high expectations for this film. I mean; "It's Sam Elliott for goodness sakes," but the movie was mostly slow, a little depressing, kind of boring, and going nowhere in particular. Thankful I got to see it for 99 cents. — Mike32457
beautiful and tender
just a lovely movie. wonderful acting. i truly enjoyed it. — Randifishenfeld
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
The pace is too slow. Riddled with cliches. Something to play in the background while you cook. — RealPerson193
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
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
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
Perfectly cast. Beautiful. Reflective. — muzikfreaks3
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
Acting is great. Plot is way too slow. — Sammmmm007
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
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