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The Incredible Hulk Reviews

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Tom Charity
CNN.com
April 14, 2013
The climax is a bit of a yawn, but most of what precedes it is vigorous and sharp.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
November 18, 2011
A more satisfactory adaptation of the spirit of Stan Lee's Marvel character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
July 6, 2010
It won't change your life but you'll walk away smiling.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
There's not an excess of exposition, and the pricey CGI Hulk at his disposal is more angrily expressive than the mute one employed by Lee.
| Original Score: B
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2008
Rather than go to the trouble of crafting a dramatically satisfying conclusion, The Incredible Hulk" blows the audience off and takes the air out of its previous solid work by ending with what is essentially a shameless trailer for the next Marvel movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 18, 2008
In close-up the Hulk is more cartoonish than scary, but when he's ripping armed vehicles to shreds? Kewl.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
June 27, 2008
The sheer craft directors such as Leterrier lavish on them is awesome to me. I can't imagine how they orchestrate all the little pieces of film they require to build their big set pieces... [But] Why do they bother?
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 18, 2008
It's dismaying to think of all the wonderful performances Edward Norton has given in movies nobody ever saw. This one is high-octane slumming that will keep him in Bentleys for years.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 16, 2008
It's really well done. It's a lot of fun.
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David Denby
New Yorker
June 16, 2008
Digital spectacle is both too much and too little, and it's beginning to put some of us in a funk of disappointment and boredom. When you've seen one half-ton piece of metal flung through the air, you've seen them all.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 16, 2008
The chief fault of The Incredible Hulk is that it aims to be the diametric opposite of Lee's, and it jettisons what actually worked.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 13, 2008
In their determination to make a reliable action movie, they forgot to make an interesting one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 13, 2008
A smash-and-slash affair. This probably bodes well for the franchise but ill for those of us who think the world would be a better place with at least one less conflicted comic book antihero glutting the megaplexes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 13, 2008
It moves well for the most part, it delivers a worthy bad guy, and, in Edward Norton, it has a hero constantly on edge and on the run, a more swaggering and modern version of Bill Bixby's Banner from the '70s TV series.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 13, 2008
The inevitable comparisons to
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 13, 2008
Broad, loud, straight-ahead and raucous, The Incredible Hulk may not be the smoothest or smartest movie ever made, but it sure captures the spirit of its giant green protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 13, 2008
Careful not to repeat the past, The Incredible Hulk does a lot of things Lee's The Hulk didn't: It's lighter and faster-paced, it's funnier and it embraces (instead of ignoring) the 1970s TV series that furthered the character's popularity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 13, 2008
The sad truth is, a movie Hulk is less a force of nature and more a pathetic weakling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Ansen
Newsweek
June 13, 2008
Its familiar genre pleasures are all on the surface.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 13, 2008
Marvel is so busy setting up the next sale that they can't see the mediocrity built into their own formula.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 13, 2008
The latest spin on the Marvel comic-book hero delivers the popcorn goods.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 13, 2008
All action and no storytelling.
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
June 13, 2008
The relaunch of Marvel's green goliath is an improvement over director Ang Lee's ponderous 2003 Hulk in nearly every way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 13, 2008
Why remake a crappy movie five years later if it's only going to be marginally less crappy?
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
June 13, 2008
When the Hulk turns back, he often finds himself naked, aching, and disoriented in Guatemala, the fate of many a Spring Breaker
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 13, 2008
The lack of character shading suggests Marvel Studios went too far in distancing itself from Lee's much-reviled predecessor. Could a better balance between brawn and brains not have been struck?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 13, 2008
It sidesteps the intriguing aspects of Hulkdom and spends way too much time in, dare I say, noisy and mindless action sequences
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 13, 2008
Astute fans may detect a whiff of studio formula here.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 12, 2008
Incredible overstates it, but The Incredible Hulk finds a viable way to retell an old Jekyll and Hyde story, dating back to the early 1960s and a Cold War that inspired its share of unruly Marvel Comics misfits.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 12, 2008
This new production, starring Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, looks a lot better -- sometimes it looks great -- and it's a thunderously efficient enterprise, with a nice surprise at the very end.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 12, 2008
The new movie about Dr. Bruce Banner is called The Incredible Hulk. But let's not get carried away: The Adequate Hulk would have been a more suitable title.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 12, 2008
Like its monstrous hero, The Incredible Hulk gets the job done with minimal artistry and a lot of noise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 12, 2008
It delivers the goods and waits for fans to sign the receipt.
| Original Score: B-
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 12, 2008
The saga is uneven and there are plot holes, but as a popcorn movie steeped in action, it keeps our attention.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 12, 2008
Alas, The Incredible Hulk is no Iron Man, and a brief appearance by a devilishly goateed Tony Stark only serves to remind us of that fact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 12, 2008
This Hulk may not be a certified smash, but it makes a big impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
June 12, 2008
There's enough adrenaline pulsating throughout this bang-up Marvel Comics adaptation to erase 2003's Hulk from memory (Ang who?).
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 12, 2008
A classic comic-book hero quest that, while not entirely novel, hews to its own rules and conventions with dignity and artfulness.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 12, 2008
The first film's main problem dogs this one as well: A dull story. The villain is big and loud, and Banner has a good heart, but neither makes for an interesting character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 12, 2008
Big, loud, messy and most of all fun, The Incredible Hulk offers more evidence that, when done right, the comic-book hero story can indeed be, well, super.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 12, 2008
The result is not as good as Iron Man, but it's an action movie in that style, willing to take its time and take advantage of the fact that it has a first-rate actor at its center.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 12, 2008
A neat thrill ride with an intelligent script by Zak Penn and smart, well-paced direction by the French director of The Transporter series, Louis Leterrier.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 12, 2008
What seemed, in theory, the least-necessary revival of a bigscreen superhero emerges as perfectly solid summer action fare.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 11, 2008
The audience, in all likelihood, will be so grateful not to see another joyless, inert, pea green dud that it may not mind that The Incredible Hulk is just a luridly reductive and violent B movie -- one that clears a bar that hadn't been set very high.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 11, 2008
The Incredible Hulk provides Marvel with its second superhero hit of the summer. For comic book fans, Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk represent a solid one-two punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
June 11, 2008
The Incredible Hulk is The Pretty Good Hulk. All things considered, of course.