Critics Consensus

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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Ang Lee directs the live-action feature film The Hulk, based on the Marvel comic book created by Stan Lee and illustrated by Jack Kirby. Emotionally stunted Dr. Bruce Banner (Eric Bana) is part of a research team at the University of California at Berkeley. Corporate hustler Glenn Talbot (Josh Lucas) takes notice of the lab and makes plans to take it over. Then Bruce accidentally gets hit by an experimental ray and grows into a huge beast, destroying the lab in the process. A creepy janitor who claims to be his real father, Dr. David Banner (Nick Nolte), starts to secretly use the experimental ray on himself. He creates some mutant dogs and sends them after Bruce's lab mate and ex-girlfriend Betty Ross (Jennifer Connelly). After Bruce saves her life in the form of the Hulk, she lets her distant father, General Ross (Sam Elliott), take him to an abandoned army base in the desert. However, Glenn Talbot takes over the operation and wants to patent the creature's superpowers for his own profit, so he holds Bruce unconscious in an isolation tank. When provoked, Bruce turns into the Hulk and makes a break for San Francisco, leading to a desert chase sequence involving military aircraft, tanks, and bombs. Only the sight of Betty can make him turn back to his human form. When he is eventually captured, Dr. David Banner shows up for a final confrontation with his son and his old adversary, General Ross. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi


Eric Bana
as Bruce Banner
Sam Elliott
as General `Thunderbolt' Ross
Nick Nolte
as Dr. David Banner
Josh Lucas
as Glenn Talbot
Paul Kersey
as Young David Banner
Cara Buono
as Edith Banner
Lou Ferrigno
as Security Guard
Brooke Langton
as Jennifer Sossman
Stan Lee
as Security Guard
Todd Tesen
as Young Ross
Celia Weston
as Mrs. Krensler
Mike Erwin
as Teenage Bruce Banner
Regi Davis
as Security Guard
Craig Damon
as Security Guard
Geoffrey Scott
as President
Regina McKee Redwing
as National Security Advisor
Daniella Kuhn
as Edith's Friend
Michael Kronenberg
as Bruce Banner as a Child
David Kronenberg
as Bruce Banner as a Child
Rhiannon Leigh Wryn
as Betty Ross as a Child
Lou Richards
as Pediatrician
Louanne Kelley
as Delivery Doctor
Toni Kallen
as Delivery Nurse
Paul H. Kim
as Officer
John Littlefield
as Security NCO
Reggie Davis
as Security Guard
Johnny Kastl
as Soldier
Eric Ware
as Soldier
Jesse Corti
as Colonel
Rob Swanson
as Colonel
Mark Atteberry
as Technician
Eva Burkley
as Technician
Rondda Holeman
as Technician
John A. Maraffi
as Technician
Michael Papajohn
as Technician
David St. Pierre
as Technician
Boni Yanagisawa
as Technician
David Sutherland
as Tank Commander
Sean Mahon
as Comanche Pilot
Brett Thacher
as Comanche Pilot
Kirk B.R. Woller
as Comanche Pilot
Randy Neville
as F-22 Pilot
John Prosky
as Atheon Technician
Ricardo Aguilar
as Boy's Father
Victor Rivers
as Paramilitary
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Critic Reviews for Hulk

All Critics (233) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (144) | Rotten (89)

  • 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.

    Jul 7, 2010 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • [An] enjoyable summer behemoth.

    Apr 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.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Nick Bradshaw

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Aug 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.

    Jul 10, 2003 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic
  • A senseless story, jerk-along pace, and the gutless decision to stage two major set-pieces in the near-dark, which disguises deficiencies in the CGI because you can't see what the hell's going on.

    Jul 1, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Nev Pierce
    Top Critic

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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