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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, Rovimore
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


Will Smith
as John Hancock
Charlize Theron
as Mary Embrey
Jason Bateman
as Ray Embrey
Jae Head
as Aaron Embrey
David Mattey
as Man Mountain
Dorothy Cecchi
as Woman in Dive Bar
Michelle Lemon
as Girl at Bus Bench
Akiva Goldsman
as Executive #1
Michael Mann
as Executive #2
Brad Leland
as Executive #3
Trieu Tran
as Executive #4
Darrell Foster
as Police Sergeant
Liz Wicker
as Female Cop
Taylor Gilbert
as Female Hostage
Caroll Tohme
as Clapping Guy
Barbara Ali
as Woman Under Ray's Ca...
Ryan Radis
as Rail Crossing Crowd ...
Elizabeth Dennehy
as Rail Crossing Crowd ...
Darren Dowler
as Rail Crossing Crowd ...
John Frazier
as Train Engineer
Matthew King
as Neighborhood Kid
Matt King
as Neighborhood Kid #1
Martin Magdaleno
as Neighborhood Kid #2
Ronald W. Howard
as Man on Street
Gregg L. Daniel
as Police Chief
Nancy Grace
as Herself
Atticus Shaffer
as Boy at Bus Bench
Aaron Henderson
as Ice Cream Truck Patr...
Huy Nguyen
as Ice Cream Truck Patr...
Mary-Jessica Pitts
as Ice Cream Truck Patr...
Kalee St. Clair
as Ice Cream Truck Patr...
Don Gibb
as Convict
Donald Gibb
as Convict #1
Ralph Richeson
as Convict #2
Allan Havey
as Convict #3
Tim Brennen
as Convict #4
Anthony Ledesma
as Convict #5
Steven Pierce
as Convict #6
Dominic Prampin
as Convict #7
Daniel Quinn
as Convict #8
Mars Crain
as Convict #9
Jack Axelrod
as Convict #10
Eddie J. Fernandez
as Convict #11
Martin Klebba
as Convict #12
Richard W. Gallegos
as Angry Man #1
Marc Geschwind
as Angry Man #2
Rob Maron
as Angry Man #3
Aisha Jau
as Sunglass Woman
Cher Calvin
as Reporter
Daren Dowler
as Rail Crossing Crowd ...
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News & Interviews for Hancock

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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