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Hancock Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 16, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 18, 2008
The strain of messianism in Will Smith movies is becoming ever more pronounced.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
October 18, 2008
Train wrecks are intrinsically spectacular, and Will Smith's new movie offers a doozy. Two of them, in fact.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 14, 2008
It's definitely a mish-mash, but really good performances.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
July 4, 2008
The dynamic between the sullen Smith and sincere Bateman may be the best thing in the Peter Berg's movie, but it's a tough call because the whole popcorn fest is flat-out fantastic.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 3, 2008
A peculiar and occasionally charming poke in the ribs of the superman myth.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 3, 2008
As popcorn movies go, this is fleet, funny, and even thoughtful: its central question, nicely underplayed by director Peter Berg, is why power and altruism never seem to intersect.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 2, 2008
The problem is that director Peter Berg, aided and abetted by Smith and Theron and third banana Jason Bateman, seem to have made it literally, not realizing its out-of-whack tonalities and grotesque plot twists were meant to be played for laughs.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 2, 2008
As soon as the hero becomes another wounded demigod brooding on rooftops, the movie loses its sting.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 2, 2008
Hancock makes for one unexpectedly satisfying and kinky addition to Hollywood's superhero chronicles.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 2, 2008
There's a great idea here, but it's buried within a muddled story that lurches between dark comedy and maudlin drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 2, 2008
Since The Pursuit of Happyness, actor-producer Smith has made no secret of his desire to make movies that entertain in that big-studio way but also dig deeper. Hancock is a rousing measure of that intent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 2, 2008
As delivered by director Peter Berg, Hancock is never as serious or funny or poignant as it could be. And despite clocking in at a reasonable running time, it has a big sag in the middle that nothing could have fixed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
July 1, 2008
It doesn't take itself as seriously as it should, and undercuts a final act that should have and so could have packed a mighty emotional wallop.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 1, 2008
Part of the joke lies in seeing a megawatt star embrace his inner grouch with fantastical blunders, and part of the anticipation lies in seeing Hancock become, well, Will Smith.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 1, 2008
A new movie that makes the previous pandemonium seem downright restrained.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 1, 2008
Director Peter Berg knows the difference between cartoon violence and the real stuff, and Hancock mixes both to good effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
July 1, 2008
It's worth it just to see a ready-made Superman-sized superhero in action without all the baggage of decades of retellings and reworkings; even looking at familiar faces working through a familiar genre, it's nice to be surprised for once.
| Original Score: B+
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 1, 2008
Smith's pictures deliver familiar pleasures; they work with efficiency but not inspiration, honoring the time-honored movie platitudes that will neither shock nor stretch an audience.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 1, 2008
Hancock the jaunty, jokey riff on the screwed-up inner emotional life of a traditionally ironclad superhero becomes Hancock the icky lesson in the importance of personal responsibility, loyalty, and continued family togetherness.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joe Leydon
Houston Chronicle
July 1, 2008
Credit must be paid to director Peter Berg for pulling off such a tricky balance of such diverse elements while delivering an impressive and affecting superhero adventure with as much heart and soul as sound and fury.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
July 1, 2008
The superhero genre screams for a makeover, or at least a smart deconstruction, but Hancock isn't that movie. It just ups the foolishness ante.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 1, 2008
Leaving behind the laughs for schmaltz, Hancock chickens out at the last minute, lurching toward a cop-out happy ending that gives every indication of having been reshot at the behest of test audiences. Well, at least you won't be bored.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 1, 2008
Passable if profane, Hancock chugs along right up to that when this comic superhero engine goes off the tracks, and pretty much off a cliff.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 1, 2008
As for Smith, he's on fire. There's nothing like a star shining on his highest beams. You follow him anywhere.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 1, 2008
Hancock is still worth seeing, if only for a glimpse of what might have been a truly innovative idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 1, 2008
Hancock is a lot of fun, if perhaps a little top-heavy with stuff being destroyed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 1, 2008
In this highly superheroic summer of Iron Man and the forthcoming The Dark Knight, Hancock can offer only an A-list headliner in a D-list project.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 1, 2008
Hancock is a hodgepodge of intriguing ideas that, if developed further or presented as more than throw-ins to a confused production, might have made for a unique superhero film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
July 1, 2008
Successfully mocks goofy superhero conventions while affectionately reveling in some of the best-loved clichés of the genre.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 1, 2008
A ton of potential, but ultimately a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 1, 2008
With great power comes great -- irresponsibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 1, 2008
Hancock is the sort of Fourth of July cinematic fireworks celebration Hollywood dreams about but rarely achieves.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 1, 2008
Thanks to Smith, it's a story about movie stars -- and why the multiplex-going humankind needs to have them kicking around, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2008
It's a strange feeling to see the summer's most promising premise self-destruct into something bizarre and unsatisfying, but that is the Hancock experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 1, 2008
What does one say about a movie that wants laughs from a shot of one inmate's head up the derriere of another?
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 1, 2008
Almost any moviegoer should be able to find something to enjoy, but it's hard to imagine anyone liking this mishmash from beginning to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 1, 2008
What starts out with a sense of quirky fun loses direction and devolves into a mishmash of story lines.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 1, 2008
The promise is dangled yet never developed. Rather, the narrative slips into a backstory that alternates between confusing and contradictory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 1, 2008
The final third seems all shot in a strange blue light that makes even the gorgeous Theron look consumptive, and is, in a nutshell, no fun at all. Aren't Fourth of July movies supposed to be fun? No fireworks this time, Will.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 1, 2008
It's the sort of role Smith ought to be able to pull off easily. But even his superpowers apparently have their limits.
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David Germain
Associated Press
June 30, 2008
The filmmakers cannot resist embracing the conventions they were tweaking. Hancock turns from a moody, darkly funny character piece trimmed out with a bit of engaging action and veers into a poor impersonation of a standard superhero movie.
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David Denby
New Yorker
June 30, 2008
Hancock suggests new visual directions and emotional tonalities for pop. It's by far the most enjoyable big movie of the summer.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 24, 2008
This misguided attempt to wring a novel twist on the superhero genre has a certain whiff of The Last Action Hero about it.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
June 24, 2008
Great concept, shaky execution.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
June 16, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: C