Ty Burr
April 16, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hero (Movie - 1992)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
117 minutes
performer
Geena Davis, Andy Garcia, Dustin Hoffman
director
Stephen Frears
author
Alvin Sargent, Laura Ziskin
genre
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B

Hero‘s calculated elements jell just enough for this theatrical bust to seem a very nice rental bargain. Near-bum Hoffman rescues reporter Davis and others from a plane crash, but it’s drifter Andy Garcia who takes the credit and becomes the media sensation. The script by David Webb Peoples (Unforgiven) bluntly and affectingly asks us what we look for in our heroes, though director Stephen Frears (The Grifters) slows the momentum with references to Frank Capra and Preston Sturges movies. The performances are an enjoyably mixed bag: Hoffman takes a realistic character and renders him absurdly unbelievable, while Garcia does exactly the opposite. B

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