Hulk Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 18, 2007
[An] enjoyable summer behemoth.
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Nick Bradshaw
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 10, 2003
An interesting effort to give one of the staples of mass entertainment something extra in the way of insight and feeling.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 26, 2003
Big, dopey and crammed with special effects that take the breath away.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 22, 2003
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.
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June 21, 2003
Unlike your average comic-book blockbuster, The Hulk isn't a bad cartoon. It's a bad modern Greek tragedy.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
June 21, 2003
Are comic books art? Maybe, but this leaden, pretentious flick about Marvel Comics' big green id, from the overrated Ang Lee, is just schlock art for the NPR set.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
June 20, 2003
Lee tries to spruce it all up with heavy use of split-screen, which is sometimes clever and sometimes distracting. But nothing can distract us from the overriding reality that too much of Hulk is a sulk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
June 20, 2003
A comic book movie as smart and expressive as the medium that spawned it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
June 20, 2003
An arty-farty super-hero flick.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 20, 2003
A thinking person's movie with precious little for anyone to think about, except for a green giant smashing things.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 20, 2003
A fascinating, if flawed, extravaganza.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 20, 2003
This green-eyed monster may be the perfect symbol of an angry time. But he's an impossible hero to cheer.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 20, 2003
This messy, disappointing, self-important and utterly humorless version of the Marvel comic book character may be the toughest flick with a green protagonist to sit through since The Grinch.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 20, 2003
The filmmakers said it was going to be smart -- really smart -- like all of Lee's movies. Instead, it's big, dumb and fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 20, 2003
For all its stylistic energy, The Hulk remains curiously flat and uninvolving whenever the monster is offscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 20, 2003
A portentous soufflé that never truly rises.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 20, 2003
Hulk may not jump as high as some had hoped, but it still packs a solid wallop.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 20, 2003
Hulk is hardly a masterpiece. But it is certainly one of the most psychologically ambitious movies ever unleashed on the summer-movie crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 20, 2003
Schamus and his fellow screenwriters have taken the most pompous elements of superhero comics -- the humorless archetypes, the italicized declamations -- and inflated them until they nearly burst with the strain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 20, 2003
A belabored, ostentatious, overlong behemoth.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 20, 2003
The Hulk is a seriously repressed movie, and like its hero-victim, Bruce Banner, it doesn't know what it wants to be: serious and thoughtful, or big green money-making machine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 20, 2003
Ang has the arty smarts, Stan has the pop wiles -- now if only they could get on the same page.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 20, 2003
Hulk doesn't deliver its summer payload.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 20, 2003
I can't say that The Hulk is my favorite comic-book movie or that it moved me, but I admired Lee's inventiveness, even when his movie wasn't as much fun as I expected it to be.
| Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 20, 2003
Ang Lee has boldly taken the broad outlines of a comic book story and transformed them to his own purposes; this is a comic book movie for people who wouldn't be caught dead at a comic book movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Karen Heller
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 19, 2003
A terrific, great-looking movie that's rich and memorable and almost as huge as its mighty green star.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 19, 2003
Incredibly long, incredibly tedious, incredibly turgid.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
June 19, 2003
[A] likable if tame monster movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 19, 2003
A dark and serious psychological drama cum sci-fi spectacle, The Hulk is incredible for what it attempts rather than what it achieves. For some viewers, that will be enough.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 19, 2003
Lee's talents, though vast and subtle, are not suited to the material, and his endless quest to find meaning gets in the way of what we all want to see.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
June 19, 2003
Toss a plastic toy figure across your yard, and you'll have a good approximation of what this film's $140 million-plus budget bought its producers.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 19, 2003
Ang Lee's interpretation of the Marvel Comics hero is a sci-fi/action thriller art film that tries valiantly to re-create the graphic- novel experience, but lacks a certain insanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 19, 2003
Hulk is the lumpiest amalgamation of sci-fi and psychological drama since Steven Soderbergh's misfired Solaris.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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June 19, 2003
Fans of the comic book will probably be pleased and thrill seekers in general will get plenty to chew on.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 19, 2003
There is still much to keep you riveted.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 19, 2003
Lee's vision of Hulk is fresh and exciting, and he has fashioned a motion picture that's a breath of fresh air.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 19, 2003
It's a corker -- big, exciting, opulently designed, gorgeously shot and blessed with a top cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 19, 2003
A sometimes enjoyable, sometimes moving film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 18, 2003
An articulation not only of the struggle between father and sons, but of our most current topical fears.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 18, 2003
A big-budget comic-book adaptation has rarely felt so humorless and intellectually defensive about its own pulpy roots.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 17, 2003
The upshot is sweetly melodramatic -- at least, you inevitably note, there are nominal humans aboard.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 16, 2003
This is a superhero movie that really captures the essence of comic book pop art.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 12, 2003
[An] impeccably crafted piece of megabuck fantasy storytelling.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 12, 2003
Filled with visual energy, genuine artistry and compelling human emotions.