Critics Consensus

With wit, humor and Guillermo del Toro's fantastic visuals, the entertaining Hellboy transcends the derivative nature of the genre.



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Mike Mignola's acclaimed comic book series about a creature from Hades who joins the battle against evil arrives on the screen in vivid form in this adaptation directed by distinctive horror filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. During World War II, the Third Reich has joined forces with the evil Grigori Rasputin (Karel Roden), who has used his occult powers to summon up a young demon from the depth of Hell to be used as the ultimate Axis weapon. However, the demonic creature is captured by American forces, and put in the care of Professor Broom (John Hurt), the founder of a top-secret organization called the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. Under Broom's tutelage, the creature develops empathy and a desire to do good while his physical powers and paranormal talents are honed to a fine point. Sixty years later, the demon, now known as Hellboy (Ron Perlman), is part of an elite secret defense team alongside Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), a beautiful young woman who can create fire with her mind, and Abe Sapian (Doug Jones), an aquatic humanoid with the power of telepathy. Despite his many years of fighting for right, Hellboy finds himself facing his greatest challenge when the powerful Rasputin returns, determined to bring the demon back to the forces of darkness so that evil may finally rule the world. Hellboy's supporting cast also includes Jeffrey Tambor, Rupert Evans, and Brian Steele. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Ron Perlman
as Hellboy
John Hurt
as Prof. Trevor Bruttenholm
Selma Blair
as Liz Sherman
Rupert Evans
as John Myers
Karel Roden
as Grigori Rasputin
Jeffrey Tambor
as Dr. Tom Manning
Kevin Trainor
as Young Broom
Doug Jones
as Abraham Sapien, Abe Sapien
Brian Steele
as Sammael
Corey Johnson
as Agent Clay
Brian Caspe
as Agent Lime
James Babson
as Agent Moss
Stephen H. Fisher
as Agent Quarry
Garth Cooper
as Agent Stone
Angus MacInnes
as Sgt. Whitman
Jim Howick
as Corporal Matlin
Rory Copus
as kid on rooftop
Tara Hugo
as Doctor Jenkins
Richard Haas
as Second Doctor
Andrea Miltner
as Doctor Marsh
Jo Eastwood
as Down's Patient
Charles Grisham
as Museum Guard
Jan Holicek
as museum guard
Jeremy Zimmerman
as lobby guard
Pavel Cajzl
as Sherpa Guide
Andrea Stuart
as Girl with Kittens
William Hoyland
as Von Krupt
Millie Wilke
as Young Liz Sherman
Bob Sherman
as Television host
Ellen Savaria
as Blonde Television Reporter
Petr Sekanina
as German Scientist
Mille Wilkie
as Young Liz
Ales Kosnar
as German Scientist
Guy A. Young
as German Scientist
Justin Svoboda
as German Scientist
Albert May
as Train Driver
Winter Ave Zoli
as Girlfriend Winter
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Critic Reviews for Hellboy

All Critics (201) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (163) | Rotten (38)

  • When the movie's story line concentrates on the character of Hellboy and his relationships with those important to him, the film becomes a unique romp, with an exciting yet vulnerable superhero at the center who just happens to be the spawn of Satan.

    Apr 14, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Played by Ron Perlman, he's the most magnetic action hero I've come across in a long while, though I couldn't make heads or tails of this story.

    Apr 18, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, after setting up this fresh blue-collar scenario in the movie's first hour, Del Toro wallows in pyrotechnics.

    Apr 18, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Del Toro, in love with his source but never overawed by it, keeps things moving; Perlman ties it together with some of the driest witticisms this side of Indiana Jones. Like we said: fun.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Most effective as a brief window into an era. It captures the bitter aftertaste of a counter-cultural movement gone stale

    Sep 7, 2004

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • A richly imaginative comicbook world is unveiled in Hellboy. If only the story was as strong.

    Aug 3, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nev Pierce

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hellboy

  • Apr 21, 2013
    A clever adaptation featuring likable characters and over the top action, with a tint of slick humour. Hellboy is a genre defying, fascinating and exciting. It's got a well written script and amazing performance from Hurt, Perlman and Blair, Hellboy is a must see for fans of comic books.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2012
    Hellboy is an exciting and action packed film based on a Dark Horse comic series. The story follows Hellboy, a demon from another dimension, and his team as they combat supernatural threats to mankind. Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, and John Hurt lead the cast and deliver solid performances. And, director Guillermo del Toro does an excellent job at crafting a captivating visual aesthetic that complements the supernatural themes of the Hellboy universe. However, a couple characters and story point misfire. Still, Hellboy is a unique superhero film that's full of action and adventure.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Hellboy is an amazing thrill ride. Not only was it great to pick Ron Perlman, it was great to make this movie. The plot was fun, the effects and music were great, and the fish guy was awesome. My only tiff is sometimes the effects were cheesy. But if you can deal with that youll love this movie.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2011
    Decent Superhero/action film, Hellboy is a flawed, but nonetheless thrilling ride. Starring Ron Perlman (Whom I don't like, Hellboy does deliver some decent action, but is never anything spectacular. I felt disappointed in this film, and the film had potential to really be a great superhero film, but it never really took off. I thought the film was decent, entertaining and fun, but I felt that this film could have been much better than it turned out to be. This film is disappointing, but it's also a pretty entertaining film. I'm just stating that the film could have been much better. For what it is, this is mindless entertainment and does deliver some entertaining moments. However I don't think it's the film that everyone claims it to be, and del Toro, though an excellent director could have done better. Luckily the sequel to this film was better, and the plot was much more elaborate. There is something missing to this film to really make it a stunning action film. All the necessary ingredients are here, but something doesn't quite fit. The visuals are terrific, and it's the films greatest strength. I just preferred the sequel and thought that this film was average and really I didn't see why the film has gotten so much praise. The film is average entertainment, and I was disappointed because I thought it was going to be phenomenal, unfortunately this is one of those films that I felt was overhyped a bit, and it lacked something to really make it great. Overall a decent action film, never great, but not bad either.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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