Critic Review - New York Observer

It's dismaying to think of all the wonderful performances Edward Norton has given in movies nobody ever saw. This one is high-octane slumming that will keep him in Bentleys for years.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comments (16)
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Teehulk

Troy Ignacio

????

Jun 19 - 12:41 AM

dougyrdi

douglas milliken

I have two words to add to any Rex Reed review:

Myra Breckenridge

This prat is almost as easy to skewer as Roger "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" Ebert.

Jun 19 - 07:02 PM

dougyrdi

douglas milliken

I have two words to add to any Rex Reed review:

Myra Breckenridge

This prat is almost as easy to skewer as Roger "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls" Ebert.

What, sir, did you every create that wasn't a steaming pile of crap?

Jun 19 - 07:03 PM

starturtle

Star Turtle

I wasn't a huge fan of this movie myself, however, I do ask myself why you expose yourself to a movie that you've clearly decided you wouldn't like before you've entered the theatre. I've drawn the conclusion that you go because your managing editor or publisher expects you to review these mainstream movies. THAT my dear Mr. Reed makes you as big a sell out as Mr. Edward Norton you so criticize. Unfortunately, it also makes you a hypocrite.

Jun 22 - 12:24 AM

andromedastargazer

Ana Gomez

Critics like you make me decide not to trust critics ever! As soon as is reads summer movie you jugde them like they were nominees for the Oscars to best picture. Will it hurt to much to remember that this movie is suposed to be good in his won summer way? Gee you better stick to artsy films, let's find a critic that is actually versatile and not a crap on everything that doesn't look like Oscar material. This movie was awesome and I will watch it again and then buy the DVD and Edward Norton did a great job I loved him as an actor and I love him now even more as an actor and fellow Hulk lover!

Jun 22 - 02:17 PM

Blackzodac

Jim Atkin

Hey Rex... I'm surprised you went and saw the Incredible Hulk. I figured you would just wait for it to come out on DVD and 'grab' a copy from Towers. By the way, the HULK was fantastic!

Jun 22 - 09:23 PM

engrmoshemo

Moshe Molina

This REVIEW is high-octane slumming that will keep REX in Bentleys for years.

Jun 23 - 11:33 AM

engrmoshemo

Moshe Molina

This REVIEW is high-octane slumming that will keep REX REED in Bentleys for years.

Jun 23 - 11:36 AM

evilgrinners

Michael C

Wh...what? lol Did you even watch it?

Jun 24 - 06:15 PM

Mr. Green

World Breaker

Thought provoking movies are great, Rex, as some of my favorite movies are of the arthouse type. But dude, grow some balls. The Incredible Hulk is a great action movie that keeps in line with the character from the comics. It is one thing to like arthouse movies, it is another to only like arthouse movies.

Jun 25 - 02:03 AM

EmeraldBeast

Daniel Blaze

Is Rex Reed still gay? His banter on Hulk being a hunk, veins and big thighs has the overtones of gayness. How gross can Rex be? Lazy article and no real insight from someone who obviously is not a comic book fan. What a ***.

Jul 1 - 10:13 PM

Dead Account

Dead Account

Why bother writing a review when you are clearly prejudiced against the source material and those who love it? This review is artistic bigotry at its height.

Jul 2 - 10:23 PM

Bill86

Bob Dole

because we all know edward norton couldn't afford bentleys before this movie......retard. The dude has plenty of money he didn't need hulk

Jul 17 - 01:42 PM

Sean Aminali

Sean Aminali

Rex Reed's movie reviews often contain dozens of inaccuracies. For example, in his review of "The Incredible Hulk", Mr. Reed:
-States that audience members are more than likely to own the DVD of the film by Labor Day. The film wasn't released on DVD until late October, and it seems highly unlikely that a summer blockbuster would be released on home video less than three months after arriving in theatres.
-States that the experiments that led to the creation of the Incredible Hulk leave Dr. Elizabeth Ross "without a scratch". Did he not see her in a hospital bed at the beginning of the film, with numerous injuries across her face?
-States that "Thunderbolt" Ross is a "conservative, right-wing general". I don't recall the film making any allusions to the general's political leanings.
-States that General Ross wants to "surgically remove his [Banner's] data bank". All of the information concerning the Incredible Hulk is housed on a flash drive owned by his daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Ross. Banner later vomits out this flash drive after swallowing it in the midst of a confrontation with the U.S. military. Therefore, it needn't be surgically removed.
-States that General Ross wants to use the Hulk serum to create others just like him and create an army that can rule the world. While the film states that Ross wants to use the serum as a weapon, it never goes into any detail as to how he wants to use it.
-States that a drop of Banner's blood falls into a bottle of carbonated fruit juice? Honestly? It's called soda, or pop in other parts of the country.
-States that Bruce Banner wakes up naked in the middle of Guatemala. I'm fairly certain that such a scene would not receive a PG-13 rating from the MPAA. Mr. Norton was partially clothed during this scene.
-States that "She [Dr. Ross] still loves Bruce, but heā??s afraid of sex because thereā??s no telling what might happen if he got excited in bed." Was this information really all that necessary?
-States that "Liv Tyler has all the passion of mayonnaise." The film never exactly explores such a theme, but Mrs. Tyler's performance in the film was certainly good.
-States that Blonsky is a "Russian-born guerrilla". Guerrillas conceal themselves prior to attacking their enemies before Blonsky is an exceptional soldier, but the film never refers to him as a guerrilla.
-States the following about the final battle between the Hulk and the Abomination: "Bruceā??s goal: stay alive, keep running, and try not to turn into the Hulk." This is not Banner's goal. His goal is to turn into the Hulk and defeat the Abomination.
-Concludes with "Itā??s dismaying to think of all the wonderful performances Edward Norton has given in movies nobody ever saw. This one is high-octane slumming that will keep him in Bentleys for years." Is Mr. Reed trying to say that prior to starring in this film, Mr. Norton couldn't afford a Bentley? I'm fairly certain that the purchase of ten Bentleys would have been a drop in the bucket for Mr. Norton prior to starring in this film.

Apr 27 - 06:47 PM

Deke

Jeff Wiley

^^^ This.

May 29 - 09:35 AM

Sean P.

Sean Patrick

Norton was the only good thing about the movie... Not sure why he's the subject of criticism here. I wish they had kept him for the Avengers movie.

Jun 15 - 09:39 AM

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