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Hulk (2003)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 229
Fresh: 141 | Rotten: 88

While Ang Lee's ambitious film earns marks for style and an attempt at dramatic depth, there's ultimately too much talking and not enough smashing.


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 22

While Ang Lee's ambitious film earns marks for style and an attempt at dramatic depth, there's ultimately too much talking and not enough smashing.



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Ang Lee directs the live-action feature film The Hulk, based on the Marvel comic book created by Stan Lee and illustrated by Jack Kirby. Emotionally stunted Dr. Bruce Banner (Eric Bana) is part of a research team at the University of California at Berkeley. Corporate hustler Glenn Talbot (Josh Lucas) takes notice of the lab and makes plans to take it over. Then Bruce accidentally gets hit by an experimental ray and grows into a huge beast, destroying the lab in the process. A creepy janitor who

Oct 28, 2003


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All Critics (229) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (141) | Rotten (88) | DVD (36)

[An] enjoyable summer behemoth.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Nice as it would be to report that Ang and his co-writer/producer James Schamus had regenerated the summer blockbuster, we gotta poop the party.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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An interesting effort to give one of the staples of mass entertainment something extra in the way of insight and feeling.

July 10, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Big, dopey and crammed with special effects that take the breath away.

June 26, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Despite the profusion of computer-generated effects, which rousingly bring the green guy to life, I often felt, for better and for worse, that I was watching a comic-book movie reconceived as a piece of serious mythmaking.

June 22, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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Unlike your average comic-book blockbuster, The Hulk isn't a bad cartoon. It's a bad modern Greek tragedy.

June 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Slate
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Whatever problems it has as a story, at least Hulk tried, honestly and desperately, to push the comic book move into new places emotionally and stylistically.

May 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The Hulk lacks personality; not a great movie.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (4)
Common Sense Media

The best comic book adaptation I've seen so far with an excellent cast and top notch special effects...

May 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (4)
Cinema Crazed

A turgid, CGI-Frankenstein reject

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

The spectacular special effects and Lee's use of split screens provide some relief in a nonetheless tedious tale in which Nick Nolte (looking much like his recent mug shot) provides several unintentional laughs as Banner's father.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The film almost matches the inner conflict of its titular character, intermittently bogged down even as it soars to seemingly impossible heights.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Lee and Schamus try on film genres like The Silence of the Lambs' Buffalo Bill tries on human skin.

June 12, 2008 Full Review Source: UGO | Comment (1)

The only Ang Lee film where he shows even a modicum of originality in his direction or any real personality or interesting visual flair.

January 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comment (1)
Apollo Guide

What a strange and fascinating contraption Hulk is.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source:

The way Lee orchestrates the film is closer to painting than directing. At times, it feels as though a graphic novel is being laid out on screen.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

A talented director wasted on a poorly plotted and weakly acted film. Not even the visual effects are salvagable

August 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

The Hulk, like its lead character, is just too big.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

It still looks and feels like a superhero movie, even if it didn't turn out exactly the way we wanted it to.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source:

Audiences expecting to turn off their brains and sit back for another blast of mere eye candy may stagger out of this 138-minute epic wondering what hit them.

January 15, 2005 | Comment (1)
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I cannot recall seeing a tank being lobbed at a copter with such finesse.

October 14, 2004 Full Review

Hulk se distingue de la masse par son caractère humain et par les thèmes qu'il aborde.

October 7, 2004

Rent it, fast forward through the first forty minutes, and enjoy the rest. Well, except the last ten minutes... okay, maybe give it a miss.

March 4, 2004 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)

It is not a must-see in my book, but at least it has a story... and that's more than a lot of this year's big budget effects flicks can say.

February 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Hulk

Ang Lee tried way too hard to make this look like a comic book with the scene within a scene style sequences starting to get in the way of the storytelling. It started aggravating and annoying me because I would have much rather just had it back to normal. The film does get criticized a little too much among comic book fans for trying something new and not having enough action for a Hulk film (something they kind of overcorrected in The Incredible Hulk). It's not all successful, but the plot is actually pretty interesting and held my attention long after most comic book films. Eric Bana was the first to try out the character of Bruce Banner and while he is not terrible, he is certainly the worst of the three actors who have portrayed the character so far. He is just kind of bland and lacks personality. Jennifer Connelly is actually pretty good as Betty Ross (certainly better than Liv Tyler) while Sam Elliot and Nick Nolte chew on the scenery as the General and Bruce's father. The special effects were very impressive for their time and they have held up admirably. It doesn't look as good as comic book films do now, but it doesn't look terrible and out of date like other older ones. Ultimately, Ang Lee tried to cram too much into Hulk. It's an entertaining misfire that has some fascinating attributes and keeps my attention, but also lacks the fun stuff that many fans were looking for. They have yet to make the ultimate Hulk film, but hopefully they give it another try down the line.
May 7, 2013

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The Hulk in this film looks very fake. Disappointed with the story as well. It seems like it had potential but just missed the mark. The phycological aspects of the film are great, but everything else falls short. Good effort.
August 16, 2012
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Eric Shankle

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Ang Lee's adaptation, though visually remarkable, still fails to build solidification for the franchise. Very subtle on the action and more of a concern with the dialogue, Hulk's smash wasn't strong enough to capture audiences. 2/5
August 14, 2012
Eugene Bernabe

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Loved the TV series but was disappointed Hulk was very animated.
July 15, 2012
T Tsang

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    1. Dr. Bruce Banner: Talbot!
    2. Major Glenn Talbot: Yeah?
    3. Dr. Bruce Banner: You're making me angry!
    4. Major Glenn Talbot: Oh, am I?
    – Submitted by Matthew D (5 months ago)
    1. Dr. Betty Ross: What were those animals?
    2. Dr. Bruce Banner: My father sent them.
    – Submitted by Dmitry V (6 months ago)
    1. F-22 Pilot: I think i can come back around for a gun attack.
    – Submitted by Dmitry V (7 months ago)
    1. Dr. Bruce Banner: I should have killed you.
    2. Dr. David Banner: And i should have killed you.
    – Submitted by Dmitry V (7 months ago)
    1. Comanche Pilot: Tango One. Tango Three. I have contact. Holy shit! He's got my missile! Mayday! Mayday!
    – Submitted by Dmitry V (7 months ago)
    1. Major Glenn Talbot: So long, big boy.
    – Submitted by Dmitry V (7 months ago)
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