Hancock Reviews

  • Hancock the jaunty, jokey riff on the screwed-up inner emotional life of a traditionally ironclad superhero becomes Hancock the icky lesson in the importance of personal responsibility, loyalty, and continued family togetherness.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Hancock makes for one unexpectedly satisfying and kinky addition to Hollywood's superhero chronicles.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • It becomes an entirely different film, one not really premised on the bad-superhero comedy idea, and the film is then oddly without a sense of humour, and its vague interest in satire vanishes completely.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • What starts out with a sense of quirky fun loses direction and devolves into a mishmash of story lines.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The problem is that director Peter Berg, aided and abetted by Smith and Theron and third banana Jason Bateman, seem to have made it literally, not realizing its out-of-whack tonalities and grotesque plot twists were meant to be played for laughs.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • What does one say about a movie that wants laughs from a shot of one inmate's head up the derriere of another?

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • It doesn't take itself as seriously as it should, and undercuts a final act that should have and so could have packed a mighty emotional wallop.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • There's a great idea here, but it's buried within a muddled story that lurches between dark comedy and maudlin drama.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • A new movie that makes the previous pandemonium seem downright restrained.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Credit must be paid to director Peter Berg for pulling off such a tricky balance of such diverse elements while delivering an impressive and affecting superhero adventure with as much heart and soul as sound and fury.

    Joe Leydon — Houston Chronicle

  • Part of the joke lies in seeing a megawatt star embrace his inner grouch with fantastical blunders, and part of the anticipation lies in seeing Hancock become, well, Will Smith.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Since The Pursuit of Happyness, actor-producer Smith has made no secret of his desire to make movies that entertain in that big-studio way but also dig deeper. Hancock is a rousing measure of that intent.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Hancock suggests new visual directions and emotional tonalities for pop. It's by far the most enjoyable big movie of the summer.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Hancock is a lot of fun, if perhaps a little top-heavy with stuff being destroyed.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • In this highly superheroic summer of Iron Man and the forthcoming The Dark Knight, Hancock can offer only an A-list headliner in a D-list project.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • As popcorn movies go, this is fleet, funny, and even thoughtful: its central question, nicely underplayed by director Peter Berg, is why power and altruism never seem to intersect.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Thanks to Smith, it's a story about movie stars -- and why the multiplex-going humankind needs to have them kicking around, too.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Almost any moviegoer should be able to find something to enjoy, but it's hard to imagine anyone liking this mishmash from beginning to end.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Hancock is the sort of Fourth of July cinematic fireworks celebration Hollywood dreams about but rarely achieves.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • A ton of potential, but ultimately a mess.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

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