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Hancock (2008)

tomatometer

41

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 216
Fresh: 88 | Rotten: 128

Though it begins with promise, Hancock suffers from a flimsy narrative and poor execution.

34

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 31

Though it begins with promise, Hancock suffers from a flimsy narrative and poor execution.

audience

60

liked it
Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 553,822

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Movie Info

A hard-drinking lush finds himself thrust into superhero mode in director Peter Berg's unconventional look at the private life of a crime-fighter. Will Smith stars as the embittered do-gooder whose lifestyle is more akin to a rock star than a role model, and who has grown as disillusioned with his once-admiring public as they have of him. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

PG-13,

Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy

Vy Vincent Ngo, Vince Gilligan

Nov 25, 2008

$227.9M

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All Critics (220) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (88) | Rotten (128) | DVD (21)

The strain of messianism in Will Smith movies is becoming ever more pronounced.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Train wrecks are intrinsically spectacular, and Will Smith's new movie offers a doozy. Two of them, in fact.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: CNN.com | Comments (3)
CNN.com
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It's definitely a mish-mash, but really good performances.

July 14, 2008 | Comments (5)
Ebert & Roeper
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A peculiar and occasionally charming poke in the ribs of the superman myth.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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As popcorn movies go, this is fleet, funny, and even thoughtful: its central question, nicely underplayed by director Peter Berg, is why power and altruism never seem to intersect.

July 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The problem is that director Peter Berg, aided and abetted by Smith and Theron and third banana Jason Bateman, seem to have made it literally, not realizing its out-of-whack tonalities and grotesque plot twists were meant to be played for laughs.

July 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (3)
Washington Post
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Hancock is what happens when you have talented people working on quality material: it's really a no-brainer that it works so well.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Kicks into tired oh-it-sucks-to-have-superpowers territory and opens up a can of racial issues it has no intention of investigating

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

I have no problem signing on to recommend this. Get it? Signing on...John Hancock... nevermind.

August 3, 2009 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Comments (2)
3BlackChicks Review

A few actors such as Clint Eastwood, marry substance and popularity. But very few. Most actors' egos lead them to slum in the box office. I'm reminded of this often when a major, talented actor opts for popularity instead of substance when the latter beck

February 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Comments (2)
Fayetteville Free Weekly

...an engaging and thoroughly innovative spin on the superhero genre...

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

What an odd movie!

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

This is a different take on the superhero genre with an interesting, offbeat twist.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: tonymedley.com

A fun, fairly crisp opening hour gives way to a muddled, entirely unsatisfying ending.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International | Comment (1)
Screen International

It becomes an entirely different film, one not really premised on the bad-superhero comedy idea, and the film is then oddly without a sense of humour, and its vague interest in satire vanishes completely.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

A relatively satisfying ending that leaves just enough of an opening to warrant a sequel if the box office receipts are right.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Smith and Bateman are great, and the first half of the movie is terrific. The second half...well, you'll either go with it or you won't.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: The Cinema Source

Will Smith, Fourth of July, superhero. It all seems to add up to a great combination. But they only made half a film.

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Comments (2)
The Scorecard Review

The fourth of July will not be the only day for fireworks, July 2nd will definitely heat up at your local theatre when Hancock is released. Be sure to check it out.

August 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

While the film never quite reaches an Alan Moore-level deconstruction of the superhero mythos, it has a fun time offering up all the joy of a big-budget action movie without taking things too seriously.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The most adult of the new wave of superhero dramas.

July 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Has plenty of funny, even tender moments until it veers in a different, messy direction an hour in.

July 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Comment (1)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

It's let down by a disappointingly uneven plot, painfully underwritten characters and dodgy effects.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Smart enough to use the CGI madness in service to the story, rather than just ending and scene or conflict with a big effecty showdown. (I'm looking at you, Transformers!)

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinerina

Audience Reviews for Hancock

A superhero movie that lacks its potential form of "super". Hancock is a predictable film that has the spark but doesn't have the fire. No doubt, Will Smith, as well as the special effects, is outstanding in every way, but the film's familiar storyline and lackluster twists is just as a bummer and mess as the protagonist himself. 3/5
May 6, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Hancock is an interesting type of superhero film, a new type of superhero film. This film is better than what most critics have claimed it to be. Directed by Peter Berg, Hancock is a great action drama comedy that surrounds a superhero that's hard drinking and is shy to the public eye. Hancock is a fun action film that has a good cast of actors. Will Smith delivers his best performance since Pursuit of Happyness. I felt that the film had a great story that had just the right amount of elements to really make it stand out amount the various superhero films. The film is very entertaining from start to finish, despite its minor flaws, this is a must see film for anyone that loves a superhero flick. With a cast like this, Hancock deliver top notch thrills from start to finish. There are things that could have been improved upon, but as a whole, this is a film that delivered something refreshing in the superhero genre. There are things that could have been done better, but as a whole, this film is a well done action flick with good comedic elements and drama. The effective cast make this film work well, and it's a film that is lots of fun. I felt that Hancock was underrated, and though far from perfect, it definitely is a film worth watching. Peter Berg has directed a great action flick and the good cast make this film succeed. Expect a different film with this one, and it's a welcomed breath of fresh air as well. Hancock is a flawed, but very enjoyable film, one that should appeal to super hero buffs everywhere.
May 21, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

I was suprised that Will Smith could execute bad guy to be honest. Although there is bad chemistry between Will and Charlize and the dull ridiculous plotline following the two of them "discovering" each other, it wasn't that bad.
March 1, 2012
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Directors Cat

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    1. Hancock: If you don't get out of my way, your head is going up his ass. You fellas sure want to ride this train?
    2. Convict: Choo, choo, asshole.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (7 months ago)
    1. Hancock: Call me an asshole, one more time.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (7 months ago)
    1. Hancock: I will fight crime butt-ass naked before I fight it in that, Ray.
    – Submitted by Mark H (22 months ago)
    1. Hancock: You'd better not hit me with that truck!
    – Submitted by Danny S (23 months ago)
    1. Boy at Bus Bench: Hancock!
    2. Hancock: What, boy?
    3. Boy at Bus Bench: Bad guys.
    4. Hancock: What, you want a cookie? Get the hell out my face.
    5. Boy at Bus Bench: Asshole.
    6. Hancock: What?
    7. Boy at Bus Bench: You heard me.
    – Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)
    1. Michel: Asshole.
    2. Hancock: [leans in close to Michel] Call me an asshole one more time.
    3. Michel: Asshole.
    4. Hancock: [grabs Michel and launches him into the sky; turns to chubby kid] You got a problem Thickness? [chubby kid shakes his head; turns to kid with glasses]
    5. Hancock: How about you Goggles? [kid with glasses shakes his head]
    – Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
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