The Hero

Lee, a former Western film icon, is living a comfortable existence lending his golden voice to advertisements and smoking weed. After receiving a lifetime achievement award and unexpected news, Lee reexamines his past, while a chance meeting with a sardonic comic has him looking to the future.


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  • ★★★★ review by Jerome1994 on Letterboxd

    Sam Elliott is one of those actors who really has been in a ton of garbage films, he's one of my favorite actors too. Luckily I can say that this is definitely one of the strongest movies he's been in and actually one of the strongest performances of his career (from the films I've seen.) not only is Sam Elliott fantastic in this movie but the cinematography was beautiful and the writing was actually not too bad! There was humor that I thought worked, the pacing was a little awkward at times but for the most part it really delivered. I definitely recommend this movie especially if you are a long time Sam Elliott fan!

    8.8/10 A-

  • ★★★½ review by Connor Carey on Letterboxd

    Funny and moving, "The Hero" is one of the finest and most underrated movies of the year. Its premise and themes have been explored many times before but this film rises above most others because of the fantastic performance from Sam Elliot and a great sense of realism. This movie blends comedy and drama together perfectly and the film has several scenes that nearly brought a tear to my eye. I can't stress this enough though Sam Elliot is phenomenal, this is the best performance I've ever seen from him and I couldn't see anyone else playing this part better than he did. The scene where he's reading lines for a script might just be some of the finest acting I've ever seen in a movie. I really hope more people check this out soon, we hopefully have our first lock for Best Actor.

  • ★★★★ review by Wayne on Letterboxd

    Sam Elliot gives the very best performance of his very lengthy career in "The Hero". When he's on screen you can't take your eyes off of him. The films explores so many different themes in interesting ways and I really enjoyed this movie. I do wish there was more time spent on the relationship between the lead and his daughter but that's just a minor complaint in such a great movie. Go see this one.

  • ★★★½ review by JC13 on Letterboxd

    "You can't help who you like."

    I only just heard about The Hero a couple days ago from a friend. He told me that Sam Elliott give the performance of his career in the film, so I was interested to see it. This morning I wanted to watch a movie that was fairly short and this one is under 100 minutes, so I gave it a shot. It definitely has some cliche's and the story itself is nothing new, but I still liked the film. It has some nice cinematography, good music, some nice dialogue exchanges, and a handful of great scenes. What makes it all work is definitely Sam Elliott though. The supporting cast is pretty good too, but Elliott turns in a wonderful performance in the lead role and it's his work that makes the film worth watching. 7/10

  • ★★★½ review by Heath Rhoads on Letterboxd

    Screw the haters, I really liked this. It's helped immensely by a terrific performance by Sam Elliott, as he plays an aging actor who is forced to confront his own mortality. Not only is Sam Elliott the coolest old guy I've ever seen but he's gotta have the coolest voice in the history of Hollywood! The cast is pretty great overall. Especially Nick Offerman as his drug dealing buddy and Laura Prepon as his love interest. Only in this movie could I believe that Sam Elliott could bag a woman like half his age. He's that FREAKING COOL!!!

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