Hancock (2008)



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

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

Rating: PG-13 (for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Vincent Gilligan, Vince Gilligan, Vy Vincent Ngo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 25, 2008
Box Office: $227.9M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Hancock

All Critics (221) | Top Critics (47)

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Train wrecks are intrinsically spectacular, and Will Smith's new movie offers a doozy. Two of them, in fact.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

It's definitely a mish-mash, but really good performances.

July 14, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Hancock is funny and pretty fresh but finally gives up on idiosyncrasy, leaving you nothing much to discover.

Full Review… | March 6, 2015
The Nation

And if you're still not willing to forgive Hancock, and least there is the scene where he shoves a guy's head up another guy's butt.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

Hancock is what happens when you have talented people working on quality material: it's really a no-brainer that it works so well.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012

Audience Reviews for Hancock

I had somewhat low expectations going in but Will Smith again proved to me he can carry a movie with his acting and charm. He has come a long way from Fresh Prince of Bel Air. A good movie with good laughs good action.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

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

Eugene Bernabe
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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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