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Imaginary Heroes (2005)



Critic Consensus: Imaginary Heroes is a muddled, melodramatic and unconvincing drama.

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Tim Travis is walking through his life like it's a bad dream. His mother Sandy is the master of the Travis house with a healthy drug habit, a decade long grudge, and a secret that is literally tearing her apart. His father Ben is a shell of the man he once was, crippled by circumstance and blind to the mistakes of his past. But, in typical American style, the Travises aren't depressed they're living their lives in a forlorn haze. As painful revelations are made that threaten to divide the family, moments of laughter and truth provide the salve that ultimately brings them closer together.


Sigourney Weaver
as Sandy Travis
Emile Hirsch
as Tim Travis
Jeff Daniels
as Ben Travis
Michelle Williams
as Penny Travis
Kip Pardue
as Matt Travis
Deirdre O'Connell
as Marge Dwyer
Ryan Donowho
as Kyle Dwyer
Suzanne Santo
as Steph Connors
Luke Robertson
as Jack Johnson
Lori Yeghiayan
as Veteran Home Receptionist
Marcia DeBonis
as Nurse Lindy
Erin Fritch
as Emily Slaff
Lee Wilkof
as Mitchell Goldstein
Matthew Carey
as Brett Tabisel
Terry Beaver
as Dr. Monte
Henry Strozier
as Dr. Davis
Sara Tanaka
as Shelly Chan
Ned Benson
as Undercover Hippie
Stephen Rowe
as Emergency Room Dr
Larry Fessenden
as Store Clerk
Jen Jones
as Sophie
Lee Brock
as Inappropriate Soccer Mom #1
Barbara Gulan
as Inappropriate Soccer Mom #2
Adam LeFevre
as Bob Clyde
Bruce Norris
as Mr. Barnes
Fran McGee
as Martha
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Critic Reviews for Imaginary Heroes

All Critics (106) | Top Critics (35)

Although she comes across as bordering on insufferable, we are expected to understand that Sandy is the touchstone of honesty in the film because, like other American films of the Sundance variety, eccentricity signifies emotional authenticity.

March 18, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

Weaver pretty much keeps Imaginary Heroes aloft.

March 18, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Has a third act that consists almost entirely of skeletons tumbling out of the closet, but Weaver's and Hirsch's flawless performances elevate the film above and beyond the ranks of 'Ordinary People' pastiches, and in the end it stands on its own merits.

March 13, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Failed ambition is still ambition. Imaginary Heroes may overreach, but it challenges us as it does. That's heroic in any filmmaker.

March 11, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

An ambitious, uneven directorial debut.

March 11, 2005 | Full Review…

Conversations, by the way, need to be laconic, cynical and postmodern. Tears take their time, if they come at all.

March 11, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Imaginary Heroes


This family drama should have focused more on the emotional impact of the tragedy on the characters, but instead it goes for artificial conflicts and pathetic clichés, suffering also from an excess of information with many unnecessary details added at every moment to create new useless twists.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Emile Hirsch, Jeff Daniels, Michelle Williams, Kip Pardue, Deirdre O'Connell, Ryan Donowho, Suzanne Santo, Jay Paulson Director: Dan Harris Summary: The seemingly stable Travis family crumbles when one of the children kills himself in this wrenching drama about long-buried secrets and lies, and ties that bind too tightly. Soon after the tragedy, patriarch Ben (Jeff Daniels) distances himself from everyone else, intent on coping with his pain alone; his wife, Sandy (Sigrouney Weaver), turns to pot for release and escape; and their restless son, Tim (Emile Hirsch), longs to be elsewhere. My Thoughts: "Great movie with a great cast delivering great performances. There is a scene near the end of the movie between Jeff Daniels and Emile Hirsch that just blew me away with the strong emotions it generated through the screen. I felt every bit of it. This movie is relatable to anyone who has lost someone close to them, who feels very small in a big world, or who has never fit in. I am sure we have all had those moments. Loved Weaver's and Hirsch's mother and son relationship. Just a good movie about a family fighting to hold on. Struggling to make sense of life and where it's going, and if they will make it to another day."


Super Reviewer


Such a tough topic, but Sigourney Weaver is the Lifetime movie character actor of real movies. Great acting from all of the cast, but the subject is not a cheerful one.

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

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