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Hollow Man (2000)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 114
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 83

Despite awesome special effects, Hollow Man falls short of other films directed by Paul Verhoeven. This flick over time degenerates into a typical horror film.


Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 24

Despite awesome special effects, Hollow Man falls short of other films directed by Paul Verhoeven. This flick over time degenerates into a typical horror film.



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In this sci-fi thriller, a man and a woman must fend off a killer whom they cannot see. Scientist Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon) is working with a secret military research team headed by Dr. Kramer (William Devane), assigned to create new intelligence technology. With the help of his colleagues Linda McKay (Elisabeth Shue) and Matt Kensington (Josh Brolin), Sebastian has been developing a serum that makes people invisible. The formula is new and unstable, but after a risky but successful test on

May 8, 2001


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All Critics (139) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (83) | DVD (45)

It brings nothing to the party except the most simplistic elements.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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If not for cable and video, Hollow Man would've been an invisible film.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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Hollow Man is hollow is because there's a void where its imagination should be.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Hollow Man was met by hollow laughter from mocking audience members.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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His habit of sneaking up and molesting women is disturbing, but other than that there's nothing frightening about an invisible man.

February 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Even for mature viewers, this is a flop.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

All this magical computer-generated whiz-bang, and they can't do more with it than a climax ripping off your choice of slasher movies and Alien films?

September 17, 2007 Full Review Source: can't help but admire the glee with which Verhoeven has imbued the film's more disgusting moments...

June 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The violence in this movie is very graphic, so if that isn't your thing...skip it.

December 31, 2005 Full Review Source:

Invisible man tale mixes high-tech effects and old-fashioned chills for out-of-sight entertainment.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

One of these movies that you know aren't very good but still enjoy.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

There are two ways to not see this invisible man. The best option is skipping the movie.

June 13, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

"Hollow Man" trots out Verhoeven's usual bag of tricks, including voyeurism, considerable violence against women and having the characters use about four times as much profanity as they would in real life.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Os personagens são absurdamente formulaicos, permitindo que o espectador deduza, desde o início, quem irá morrer ou sobreviver ao longo do filme.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

If you liked (insert any Verhoeven film here) you'll love Hollow Man! I didn't, so I don't.

May 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Experience
Film Experience

It churns out moderately solid summer fun with enough flourishes to gloss over its disposable nature.

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

'Hollow' is a good way to describe the screenplay as well.

October 10, 2001 Full Review Source:

An effects-laden exercise in mediocrity.

April 2, 2001 Full Review Source:

Eye-popping visual effects ... become lost in yet another typical slasher movie.

March 14, 2001

While it is not nearly as effective as the future-punk social satire of "RoboCop," the subtext of "Hollow Man" still brings a few questions to mind.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

A successful experiment in special effects, but also presents a gripping story.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Radio Free Entertainment
Radio Free Entertainment

Hollow Man is a major improvement on director Verhoeven's recent turkeys -- Showgirls and Starship Troopers -- but not quite up to the promise shown in such early work as The Fourth Man, or even RoboCop.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

It's a full throttle creepshow with the year's most delirious and stunning visual effects.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: MovieJuice!

Man's frightening special effects are probably the best I've seen since The Matrix.

January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Hollow Man

Superb visual effects highlight Paul Verhoeven's slick, modern, and really violent retelling of The Invisible Man.

Kevin Bacon stars as Sebastian Caine- a gifted, driven, and hard working, but also very arrogant and entitled scientist who, along with his team, are developing some revolutionary new intelligence technology for a military organization. Their project is a serum that renders the user invisible. Testing on animals worked just fine, and, despite some hesitancy, Caine, pressured by the organization and his own impatience, goes ahead with a human trial...on himself. Things start out fine, but they didn't count on the side effects, namely that the serum is irreversible. Sebastian soon goes insane, and it's not long before his madness consumes him and he turns into a homicidal maniac.

Kevin Bacon is a good choice for the lead, doing a great job of bringing Caine's arrogance and madness to life. The two most notable cast members backing him up are Elisabeth Shue as one of his team (and a former lover), and Josh Brolin as another team member and current lover of Shue's character. I also liked Kim Dickens as Sarah, ANOTHER team member, though she's rather underdeveloped.

The film starts off great, with big ideas, thoughtfulness, and wonderful effects. Verhoeven is known for this sort of thing, so I wasn't surprised. Unlike some of his other violent but intelligent sci-fi efforts though, this one starts off strong then devolves into a typical slasher movie. That's not a completely bad thing, but it is disappointing. They also seem really eager to get right to the mayhem aspect of Caine's insanity instead of drawing out the suspense.

All in all, this is a really flawed, but still decently entertaining effort.
December 19, 2012
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Interesting concept by director Paul Verhoeven, Hollow Man is an intense Sci Fi horror film with a good cast of actors. The special effects are well done, however considering that this is a film by Paul Verhoevem, it lacks in delivering what you'd expect from the man that brought classic films such as Robocop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers to the screen. This is still a well acted film that has it its moments. Kevin Bacon gives a stunning performance, and Hollow Man manages to thrill despite its flaws. I felt that this was a departure from Verhoeven's previous work, because after all he did direct Robocop. Hollow Man though is a good film for what it is as it blends Sci Fi elements with horror and thrills into one film. The story is quite interesting, and works quite well. However there are a few things that could have been done better. Despite the flaws the film is quite entertaining and is visually appealing as well as having an interesting plot. The acting performances delivered by the cast are wonderful and they each bring something effective to the screen. Kevin Bacon is great in his role of Sebastian Caine. Verohoeven's change of direction works well, and he proves that he can make something different while retaining his signature style. Hollow Man is an effective Sci Fi horror film that has an intricate story and good acting. This is a better film than what most people say and it delivers effective chills with a good enough story to keep you interested till the end. A good film worthy to watch.
October 3, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Kevin Bacon starred with Kevin Costner in JFK (1991)...who was one of the star cast members in 3000 Miles to Graceland with Courtney Cox...who used to attend summer camp as a child with Chip Brown...who used to work with me at my last job. There I did it in 4!!! Lmao!
Oh yeah... the movie was okay....
August 12, 2010

Super Reviewer

So so.
June 22, 2010
Dead Angel

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    1. Linda McKay: Sebastian, do you have any idea what time it is?
    2. Sebastian Caine: Da Vinci never slept. Said it was a waste of time.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (10 months ago)
    1. Matt Kensington: Sarah's on the warpath, so I suggest you play nice.
    2. Sarah: This is bullshit, Sebastian, bullshit.
    3. Sebastian Caine: Good morning to you, too!
    – Submitted by Folashade K (10 months ago)
    1. Janice: What was the clientele like?
    2. Frank: This guy comes up to me and he says: "l like my women like my coffee."
    3. Janice: People still use that line?
    4. Frank: Maybe he meant cold and bitter.
    5. Janice: Very funny.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (10 months ago)
    1. Matt Kensington: How did we let him talk us into this?
    2. Linda McKay: Can we talk about it later? I'm trying to make love to you.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (10 months ago)
    1. Matt Kensington: Any last words?
    2. Sebastian Caine: Yeah. If I die, pretend I said something deep and clever.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (10 months ago)
    1. Sebastian Caine: You don't make history by following the rules, you make it by seizing the moment.
    – Submitted by Folashade K (10 months ago)
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