Hulk

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While Ang Lee's ambitious film earns marks for style and an attempt at dramatic depth, there's ultimately too much talking and not enough smashing.

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Eric Bana ("Black Hawk Down") stars as scientist Bruce Banner, whose inner demons transform him in the aftermath of a catastrophic experiment; Jennifer Connelly portrays Betty Ross, whose scientific genius unwittingly helps unleash the Hulk; Nick Nolte plays Banner's brilliant father, who passes on a tragic legacy to his son; and Sam Elliott portrays the commander of a top-secret military research center.

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Eric Bana
Bruce Banner, The Hulk
Sam Elliott
General Ross
Josh Lucas
Glenn Talbot
Nick Nolte
David Banner
Paul Kersey
Young David Banner
Cara Buono
Edith Banner
Ang Lee
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James Schamus
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James Schamus
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John Turman
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Michael France
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Avi Arad
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Stan Lee
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Critic Reviews for Hulk

All Critics (236) | Top Critics (59) | Fresh (146) | Rotten (90)

  • Where so many comic-book movies feel as disposable as Kleenex, the passionate, uncynical "Hulk" stamps itself into your memory. Lee's movies are built to last.

    July 7, 2010 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • [An] enjoyable summer behemoth.

    April 18, 2007 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Nick Bradshaw

    Time Out
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  • If Lee wanted to do Michael Bay and the Bruckheimer cigar-chompers out of a living, he could, but he must know there are better ways to "think big".

    January 24, 2004 | Full Review…
  • The special effects of Hulk's appearance may not themselves be staggering, but there's something intriguing about the compositions Lee invents for his fugitive.

    August 5, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • An interesting effort to give one of the staples of mass entertainment something extra in the way of insight and feeling.

    July 10, 2003 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Observer
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Audience Reviews for Hulk

  • Apr 10, 2019
    A lot of it doesn't work, but as more and more comic book adaptations become homogenized this movie feels fresher than most of what we are seeing now. I like the way the narrative deliberately robs the movie of anyone to root for and the emphasis on repression and trauma gives the movie a dark and melodramatic flare.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2016
    Sappy, dry, dramatic and boring. Hulk (2003) has some aspects I like such as the three lead characters, the villain is meh, the Hulk scenes are pretty cool and it does have some interesting ideas. But this film is very slow paced, filled with pretty wooden dialogue and is too drama heavy rather than fueling us comic book fans with more action. Overall this film is a misguided attempt at a Hulk film.
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2013
    Such a bad movie; not inherently bad but the presentation is so off that the film honestly is hard to watch without over analyzing each shot.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2012
    Two hours of too much talking and less smashing indeed. It does not live up to my expectations of this piss-poor CGI mess of split-screening and boredom associated with Bruce Banner's haunting childhood slowly leading up to the speechless green monster against an energy-absorber of a father.
    Max G Super Reviewer

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