Become a Premium Member | Only $2 a month

► You're making sure we survive
► Exclusive previews
► No more ads


Hero [2004] [PG-13] - 4.6.0



Although our site is very popular, the current economic climate has reduced our revenues just when we need extra security to prevent attacks from hackers who don't like what we do. If you think what we do is worthwhile, please donate or become a member.


Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

 [more »]

Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
1 to 10


» - ★★★˝
» Official Site
» IMDb Listing

Jet Li stars as a mysterious warrior who presents himself to the King of Qin (one of the seven warring factions of ancient China) as the man who managed to kill three assassins who repeatedly tried to kill the king. The film unspools as a series of flashbacks, with Li's character as the narrator. Also with Zhang Ziyi, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Donnie Yen and Maggie Cheung. Directed by Zhang Yimou. In Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman combs a man's hair, he pulls her to the floor, tears off her clothes (we hear tearing and see her bare shoulders) and then begins thrusting (we hear moaning and see movement under a red sheet; the act is consensual). A man and a woman lie in bed together sleeping (they're clothed). A man removes a man's clothes (we see his bare back and buttocks briefly) in order to search him for weapons. We hear that two assassins were lovers (one man and one woman).

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A sword is forced through a character's dead body and into another character's chest (we hear a crunch) and they both lie dead. A crowd of soldiers surrounds a man and a woman who fight with swords, and one is stabbed (we hear a crunch and see a flinch, but no blood). A woman stabs a man in the stomach. A man and a woman fight with swords, one lunges at the other, and one is stabbed in the chest (we hear a crunch and a groan and see the sword sticking out of the wound) and one grieves over the body. A man and a woman fight with swords, and one character is stabbed in the stomach (we hear a crunch and see a flinch). Two men fight, one man charges the other with his sword drawn, they imagine how their fight might play out, one is nearly hit, one hangs by his feet from rafters above and they continue to fight with swords and kicks; one is stabbed. A man falls over dead (we do not see the lethal blow). Two women fight, they lunge toward each other with swords, they leap across tree tops slashing back and forth, one lunges toward the other and is stabbed (we hear a crunch, see her wince and see the sword sticking out of her abdomen); she staggers back, her sword hits a tree (we see a trickle of blood on her sword), she falls dead and the leaves falling from trees turn blood-red. Two men fight, and one is apparently killed (it is not clear). Many arrows are shot at a man, and he is presumably hit by many although we only see his outline on the wall where he stood; we then see a body covered with a red sheet. A man and a woman fight many troops, the man charges toward another man, they fight with swords, and one is nicked on the neck (we see a drop of blood). A man with a sword lunges toward a man, we hear a crunch, the man gasps and we think he has been stabbed but he has not. A woman and a man fight with swords, the man smacks the woman with the side of his sword several times and she is thrown back. Two men fight, one with a sword and one with a spear, and one is hit in the head with the sword and knocked down. A man throws his sword toward a man, and it pierces a table in front of the man. A man is surrounded by many troops carrying spears and swords. A man and a woman fend off many arrows that are coming at them very fast. One man with a spear fights two men with swords, and then he fights four men with swords. An enormous army of troops march toward the gates of a city, the archers prepare to fire, they loose their arrows, the arrows break through the walls and roofs of buildings, and some people are hit and others run in fear and scream. An enormous army swarms up the steps of a castle, and archers prepare to fire on a man inside. A man flings many arrows into the air, and then stabs one through its center as it comes down. We hear that a man has killed three assassins. A woman throws tea in a woman's face.

PROFANITY 0 - None. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Greed, power, bravery, assassination, war, the Great Wall of China, legends, revenge, jealousy, hatred, tyranny, love, devotion, suicide.

MESSAGE - Sometimes the brave thing to do is to drop your sword for the greater good.

Special Keywords: S4 - V6 - P0 - MPAAPG-13

Our Ratings Explained

Tell Friends About Our Site

Become a Member

A CAVEAT: We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and some of our early standards were not as stringent as they are now. We therefore need to revisit many older reviews, especially those written prior to 1998 or so; please keep this in mind if you're consulting a review from that period. While we plan to revisit and correct older reviews our resources are limited and it is a slow, time-consuming process.

INAPPROPRIATE ADS? We have little control over ads since we belong to ad agencies that serve ads automatically; a standing order should prevent provocative ads, but inappropriate ads do sneak in.
What you can do



Become a member: You can subscribe for as little as a couple of dollars a month and gain access to our premium site, which contains no ads whatsoever. Think about it: You'll be helping support our site and guarantee that we will continue to publish, and you will be able to browse without any commercial interruptions.


Tell all your friends: Please recommend to your friends and acquaintances; you'll be helping them by letting them know how useful our site is, while helping us by increasing our readership. Since we do not advertise, the best and most reliable way to spread the word is by word-of-mouth.


Alert local & national media: Let major media know why you trust our ratings. Call or e-mail a local newspaper, radio station or TV channel and encourage them to do a story about our site. Since we do not have a PR firm working for us, you can be our media ambassadors.

Copyright © 1992- Critics. All rights reserved. "Kids-In-Mind™" and "Movie Ratings That Actually Work™" are Service Marks of Critics. For legal queries please see our Terms of Use; for comments or questions see our contact page.