Hellboy Reviews

  • 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.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Guillermo del Toro lets loose with a vaudevillian rambunctiousness that makes his adaptation of the Hellboy comic book series daffy, loose and lovable.

    Elvis Mitchell — New York Times

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • 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.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Del Toro moves his story along with unrelenting energy and wit while introducing the opposing parties with admirable efficiency.

    Richard Harrington — Washington Post

  • An action movie with a brain, a heart, the nerve.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • To his credit, del Toro does not flinch from the ridiculous. But he is equally sensitive to Hellboy's pulp poetry.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • 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.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • Hellboy can be a kick -- even if you're not a devotee of the comics.

    Bruce Westbrook — Houston Chronicle

  • 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.

    Gary Dowell — Dallas Morning News

  • 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.

    Michael Booth — Denver Post

  • 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.

    Bruce Diones — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The movie feels at odds with itself, embracing the comics' idiosyncratic creations without an idiosyncratic worldview.

    Mark Caro — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Faithful to its pulp roots and lacking the cumbersome self-seriousness of many a comic-book adaptation, Hellboy is, well, hellacious good fun.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • A welcome change of pace from the senseless sensibilities of most Hollywood comic-book spectacles.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The best comic book flick since Spider-Man and a bonafide blast of a film.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Comic fans should enjoy the movie, but those with only a passing interest won't be as enthralled.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

  • 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.

    Joe Leydon — Variety

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