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Hellboy Reviews

April 14, 2013
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.
April 18, 2007
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.
April 18, 2007
Unfortunately, after setting up this fresh blue-collar scenario in the movie's first hour, Del Toro wallows in pyrotechnics.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
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.
April 6, 2004
To his credit, del Toro does not flinch from the ridiculous. But he is equally sensitive to Hellboy's pulp poetry.
April 3, 2004
This is the kind of movie you watch for its aura, for its appealing characters, for its marvelously sustained seriocomic romantic mood.
April 2, 2004
Del Toro moves his story along with unrelenting energy and wit while introducing the opposing parties with admirable efficiency.
April 2, 2004
Comic book fans are sure to be delighted by Hellboy, Guillermo del Toro's surprisingly smart, graphically faithful live-action adaptation of the Mike Mignola series.
April 2, 2004
Easily the most adept comic book adaptation since Ghost World.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 2, 2004
[del Toro] doesn't quite knock it out of the park like X2 or Spider-Man, but that's not because of a weak swing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 2, 2004
If you don't normally go to films where the lead characters look like giant Pez dispensers, the slogging fights of Hellboy may seem like purgatory. But there's enough going on in between the big action sequences to save the movie from mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 2, 2004
While the character of Hellboy is entertaining, the film in which he appears is largely an exploitative jumble.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 2, 2004
For all the monstrous eviscerations, there's no real heart here.
April 2, 2004
I don't know if Hellboy has had a Beauty and the Beast relationship in his comic-book life, but if he did, the filmmakers did right by him in casting Ron Perlman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 2, 2004
Guillermo del Toro's above-average if not-quite-spectacular adaptation of Hellboy sticks to this expectation-flipping recipe and retains the comic's cheeky, po-mo spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 2, 2004
Surprisingly enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 2, 2004
Despite its shallow feel, Hellboy still succeeds as a piece of relentless pop entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 2, 2004
Hellboy can be a kick -- even if you're not a devotee of the comics.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 2, 2004
The best comic book flick since Spider-Man and a bonafide blast of a film.
Read More | Original Score: B+
April 2, 2004
Far be it from me to endorse yet another franchise, but thanks to del Toro and a smart script, Hellboy is so entertaining that you long to see what further heck this gang can raise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 2, 2004
Hellboy boasts a fine performance from Perlman, who manages to create a real character despite wearing a ton of red makeup and what appears to be a leather Hellboy suit.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 2, 2004
Del Toro clearly knows exactly what he's doing. With the big budget of Hellboy, he was given the tools to do it well, along with the freedom to do it right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 2, 2004
Hellboy is one of those rare movies that's not only based on a comic book, but also feels like a comic book. It's vibrating with energy, and you can sense the zeal and joy in its making.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 2, 2004
An action movie with a brain, a heart, the nerve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 2, 2004
Comic fans should enjoy the movie, but those with only a passing interest won't be as enthralled.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 2, 2004
Making no apologies for the source material, director Guillermo del Toro lets his picture gorge on power bars of pop energy, sugared with sprinkles of playful humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 1, 2004
A fiery action picture destined to please fans of other comics-turned-adventure flicks such as X-Men. The rest of us will find ourselves left out in the cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 1, 2004
It might be hell on earth, but in del Toro's hands it's schlock heaven.
April 1, 2004
Hellboy is on fire with scares and laughs and del Toro's visionary dazzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2004
A triumph of design over meaning.
April 1, 2004
Comic book-based superhero movies are a dime a dozen these days, but few are quite like the quirky Hellboy, full of dry wit and humanizing touches that balance the requisite slam-bang action.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 1, 2004
Guillermo del Toro lets loose with a vaudevillian rambunctiousness that makes his adaptation of the Hellboy comic book series daffy, loose and lovable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 1, 2004
The most successful transformation from pulp page to big screen since Tim Burton's Batman in 1989.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2004
Faithful to its pulp roots and lacking the cumbersome self-seriousness of many a comic-book adaptation, Hellboy is, well, hellacious good fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2004
A fully formed, funny, smart and briskly entertaining horror show.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2004
A welcome change of pace from the senseless sensibilities of most Hollywood comic-book spectacles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 1, 2004
The movie feels at odds with itself, embracing the comics' idiosyncratic creations without an idiosyncratic worldview.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 1, 2004
Despite several drawbacks, Hellboy nevertheless succeeds in entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 31, 2004
One of the sturdier superhero movies of the last couple of years, with monsters and effects and diabolical baddies to spare, a heart as big as a house and a love story that actually gets its hooks in you.
March 31, 2004
I enjoyed myself for most of Hellboy, yet the movie, a highly derivative compendium of geek dreams, is little more than a well-executed contraption.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 29, 2004
You don't have to be a geek to appreciate the hard work and inspired choices of craftspeople who brought Hellboy into a new dimension, from page to screen.
March 29, 2004
The sheer ingenuity and obvious joy del Toro puts into the major action sequences lifts the movie out of the mundane.
March 29, 2004
... I loved about 49 percent of this movie but I hated 51 percent of it so I'm going to give this film thumbs down.