Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) Reviews

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 22, 2013
The parade of creatures Del Toro and his team have come up with as this scenario unfolds, starting with a tour of the legendary Troll Market that one-ups the Mos Eisley cantina scene in Star Wars, will make you want to tip your hat in wonder.
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
April 15, 2013
Let's hope Universal stays the course and gives us that opportunity. People as creative as del Toro and his gang need all the support we can give them.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 15, 2013
Despite its comic-book trappings, Hellboy II, even more so than its predecessor, Hellboy, resembles nothing so much as an art film phantasmagoria.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
April 15, 2013
Del Toro's previous film, the complex, visually arresting Pan's Labyrinth, demonstrated his growth as a filmmaker, and though the themes here aren't as profound, the striking set design and use of nonhuman characters carry over.
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
April 15, 2013
This film is happy to coast on its good humor and brilliant action pieces. Fair enough, since del Toro has taken the poetry of some of his best work and butched it up, creating some of the most amazing-looking creatures and battles of his career.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
In the end I found myself pulling for the bad guy -- because at least he was interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
August 22, 2008
Guillermo del Toro's Fabergé egg of a fairytale is not so much a sequel as a fusion of the fabulist imagination of 'Pan's Labyrinth' with the witty, irreverent comic-book action of his own 'Hellboy'.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 14, 2008
Very good stuff.
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
July 11, 2008
Hellboy II, though not as keenly conceived or nimbly executed as its predecessor, is still likable entertainment.
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
July 11, 2008
One can't help but wonder whether Del Toro hasn't misjudged the balance between comedy and gravity in this sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 11, 2008
If you didn't know that there's a Troll Market underneath the east tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, you need to brush up on your monstrosities with the help of Guillermo del Toro's hugely inventive -- and smashingly beautiful -- Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 11, 2008
Unlike many action filmmakers, del Toro doesn't thrill to the hardware of manmade technology. He prefers the soft, organic textures of flesh, and his trove of imaginary beasties is unmatched in modern fantasy filmmaking.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
July 11, 2008
The talented fantasy filmmaker and heir to the Lord of the Rings throne gets the tone right throughout Hellboy 2, and the hip retro charm alone is enough to merit recommendation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 11, 2008
Poetic, funny, darkly romantic and beautifully structured.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 11, 2008
A surprise package of fun, fright and untamed imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 11, 2008
The second film is more assured, better paced, and has a stronger emotional component.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 11, 2008
Hellboy II, like its 2004 predecessor, has a middling story line, but it's made memorable by the dark, freaky visions of director Guillermo del Toro. And this time, his imagination runs wilder than ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 11, 2008
Guillermo del Toro's more extravagant, $75 million follow-up to his 2004 B-movie doesn't take any of this particularly seriously. It's a monster movie in which the monsters listen to Barry Manilow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 11, 2008
The inventive del Toro creates visual fantasies unlike any other, and the creatures on display here are truly extraordinary. But amid all the costumes, all the action, and all the special effects, it's the humanity that makes his work so memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 11, 2008
It's the biggest, richest, most imaginative superhero movie of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 11, 2008
It's the path del Toro takes to get there that gives the film its propulsive kick: You literally never know what's coming next, and what does is always better and cooler than you could have imagined.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 11, 2008
Melds the original Hellboy's kibitzy humor and crushing action with Labyrinth's darkest fairy-tale imaginings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 11, 2008
Hellboy, a sensitive devil with a tough exterior, is an inspired creation but limited as a dramatic protagonist. When you start with a demon hero, you can't settle for making his adversary a less complex demon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 11, 2008
The film's flaws wither in the light of its brilliant ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 11, 2008
The PG-13 Hellboy is fun. And it's unafraid to embrace the schmaltzy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 11, 2008
It was made with the kind of heedless, geeky enthusiasm that has been drained out of the standard, somber superhero melodramas that crowd the multiplexes these days. It's an artful, clever throwaway that may, over time, turn into a valuable collectible.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 11, 2008
A blast of fanboy wit, style, imagination, and prodigious noise that comes on like heavy-bore pop art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
July 10, 2008
Hellboy 2 breezes along on the strength of Perlman's brawling charisma, a likeable tone, and a deft combination of goofball humor, pathos, and big action setpieces.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 10, 2008
If the film is just as strange and endearing as its glowing protagonist -- and it is -- that's because the director and co-writer is Guillermo del Toro, 43, who has the wildest imagination and grandest ambitions of anybody in modern movies.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 10, 2008
As he has done in all his movies, from creature features such as Mimic to serious dramas such as Pan's Labyrinth, del Toro creates unforgettable images, filled with color, texture, lyricism and horror.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 10, 2008
For all its eye-popping, Middle Earth-meets-Mos Eisley majesty -- its mix of Heironymus Bosch, Jules Verne and George Lucas -- Hellboy II is a letdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 10, 2008
I can barely keep up with the mythology put forth by the Hellboy series, but I enjoyed the first film, and I enjoyed the new one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 10, 2008
With director Guillermo del Toro's fantastical vision on overdrive tempered by an occasionally self-mocking sense of humor, this Hellboy sequel is a quintessential summer movie that delivers plenty of inventive thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 10, 2008
As big, mindlessly fantastical summer entertainment goes, this falls comfortably between Iron Man (the gold standard) and the not-quite Incredible Hulk. It's a visually striking, mildly amusing way to kill a couple of hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
July 10, 2008
Hellboy II doesn't have much on its mind, but few will care, since del Toro and his stellar Pan's Labyrinth team, including Oscar-winning cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, stage one virtuoso set piece after another.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 10, 2008
Words don't really do justice in attempting to describe the wondrous array of misfits and monsters Guillermo del Toro has concocted in Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 10, 2008
[del Toro] has an endlessly inventive imagination, and understands how legends work, why they entertain us and that they sometimes stand for something. For love, for example.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
July 10, 2008
Director Guillermo del Toro is a mad genius, and I want to get drunk with him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 10, 2008
It's del Toro telling stories in the language of Hollywood. And I miss the language of his dreams.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 10, 2008
Much more than a big-action, small-brain summer movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 9, 2008
To make a comic-book fantasy this derivative yet this dazzling requires more than technique. It takes a director in touch with his inner hellboy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 7, 2008
Has modest charms -- enough to overcome my CG-ennui for at least a few scenes.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
June 30, 2008
With writer-director del Toro given free license to go where his singular vision takes him, Hellboy II plays like Guillermo's Greatest Hits with even hotter visual effects.
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John Anderson
Variety
June 30, 2008
There's a precision to the visual ornateness of Hellboy II that exceeds even that of its predecessor.
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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
June 29, 2008
...in a summer of billionaires with robot suits and nerdy scientists with rage issues, somehow the red-skinned demon who drinks beer in the shower is the big screen superhero I can relate to the most.