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“Even Demons Can Be Heroes!!!!!!!!!!”
“A Demon With Heart.”
“"Hell-Boy This Is Terible"”
“DISTINY CAN SUCK IT”
“Destiny Can Suck It”
“How Big Can It Be?”
“Guilermo Del Toro's Dream Project Comes To Life As A Frightening, Superhero Action Adventure ”
“Hell Of A Movie!! This One Spiced Up The Year.”
“There's One Good Thing, Though, About This Movie's Failure. It Seems That The Comic-book Genre Has Hit Rock-bottom, With Hellboy. So There Is No Place To Go But Up, Right?”
“One Loud, Smart-ass Expose On The Legend Of The Feminine G-Spot That Is As Stupid As It Is Brilliant. ”
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
Del Toro moves his story along with unrelenting energy and wit while introducing the opposing parties with admirable efficiency.
Richard Harrington - Washington Post
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
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
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
While the character of Hellboy is entertaining, the film in which he appears is largely an exploitative jumble.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Easily the most adept comic book adaptation since Ghost World.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Making no apologies for the source material, director Guillermo del Toro lets his picture gorge on power bars of pop energy, sugared with sprinkles of playful humour.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
This is the kind of movie you watch for its aura, for its appealing characters, for its marvelously sustained seriocomic romantic mood.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
It might be hell on earth, but in del Toro's hands it's schlock heaven.
David Edelstein - Slate
Despite several drawbacks, Hellboy nevertheless succeeds in entertaining.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The sheer ingenuity and obvious joy del Toro puts into the major action sequences lifts the movie out of the mundane.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Unfortunately, after setting up this fresh blue-collar scenario in the movie's first hour, Del Toro wallows in pyrotechnics.
David Germain - Associated Press
Hellboy is on fire with scares and laughs and del Toro's visionary dazzle.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
A triumph of design over meaning.
Manohla Dargis - Los Angeles Times
The screenplay has flashes of real wit, and Perlman is perfect in the title role.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Somewhat entertaining, but too scary for many.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Inventive but derivative, well performed yet slightly hokey, visually lush yet over-stylised.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Anyone can send an immense, computer-generated vegetable monster rampaging at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, but it takes a special kind of imagination to do it in a way that's thrilling, emotionally complex, and rapturously beautiful all at once.
Nathan Lee - NPR.org
High concept fantasy through the eyes of creative genius of Guillermo del Toro
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Hellboy both kicks butt and falls in love, in an adventure that is thrilling, funny and touching.
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
A strong anti-superhero movie that turns the genre sideways.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Del Toro and Perlman essentially make you forget that Hellboy's this bizarre creature because Perlman invests him with such humanity. And maybe what makes him most human are his flaws.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Ron Perlman--the Lon Chaney of our time--plays Hellboy with grit, humor, and a depth of feeling which, barely, grounds the movie.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
They say the devil gets all the best tunes and, on the strength of this latest comicbook adaptation, he gets all the good one-liners, too.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
Artistically resonant even as it deliberately follows a contemporary narrative structure.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Perlman, at age 53, strides in like a hungry young actor itching to prove something, only with 22 years of experience lending him charisma and confidence.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
As expertly played by Perlman, even with tons of make-up and prostheteics, our hero is a good 'monster' whose origin haunts him to the bone.
Eric Melin - Lawrence.com
Stylish sci-fi director Guillermo Del Toro brings Mike Mignola's stone-fisted, horny (literally!) cult comic book hero to life in this wry, glossy adventure.
Betsy Bozdech - Hollywood.com
Del Toro, in love with his source but never overawed by it, keeps things moving; Perlman ties it together with some of the driest witticisms this side of Indiana Jones. Like we said: fun.
Dean Essner - Time Out
An experience you can't miss.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Del Toro's energized adventure has humor, excitement, and soul to burn.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Aside from some of the specifics, we've seen all this before. The film steals from everything from Batman to The X-Files and while there's lots and lots of good violent fun...
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
... a dull, derivative, poorly plotted movie. Hellboy's enemies are interesting at first, but they wear out their welcome quickly.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Christianity Today
Perlman has not only the towering body, sculpted face, and commanding voice for such a role, he exudes a very humane heart.
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
Hellboy sometimes pumps new life into the shopworn conventions on which it is based, but never entirely manages to transcend its pulpy origins.
Thomas Peyser - Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
The trouble with computer graphics in films these days is that a computer doesn't have half the imagination of a human.
Mark Collette - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Most effective as a brief window into an era. It captures the bitter aftertaste of a counter-cultural movement gone stale
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
Succeeds because it brings the visuals from the page to life with a beating red heart.
Kim Newman - Sight and Sound
A briefly entertaining but forgettable adventure.
Dan Chant - FilmFocus
This good-looking superhero adventure tackles all of life's big questions -- what is the nature of evil, are genes more influential than the environment, and who would win in a fight between a shaven-horned demon and a giant hellborn squid.
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
It hasn't got the breakout potential of less eccentric comic book heroes, but fans will thank the dark squid gods for del Toro's admirable loyalty to the source material.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Extremely enjoyable comic-book romp -- impressively directed with a witty, imaginative script and a terrific central performance from Perlman.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Dean Essner - Sunday Times (Australia)
It works big time.
Adrian MacKinder - Future Movies UK
Like the best comic-book writers, del Toro crafts a three-act story that's both preposterous and strangely believable.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
A richly imaginative comicbook world is unveiled in Hellboy. If only the story was as strong.
Nev Pierce - BBC
'Es un buen trabajo para Del Toro pero todavia muy alejado de lo que nos tiene acostumbrados. Recomendada especialmente para fans del comic.'
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Parts of Hellboy are enjoyable enough, I guess, but there's way, way too much to potentially enjoy.
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Buena fotografia, excelente maquillaje, llamativos efectos y un guion inteligente para saber que no es un producto serio, sino una historieta llevada a la pantalla.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
Hellboy is sort of a Denis Leary Catholic: Snarls a lot, tromps around in a grungy coat, and chomps on tobacco products continuously.
Stephen Himes - Film Snobs
'This just in: Hellboy is real! ... the big red ape has been spotted at theatres all over town and the public reaction isn't quite what the B.P.R.D. expected - they love him!'
Jovanka Vuckovic - Rue Morgue Magazine
The film may end up being so popular that a sequel may be discussed but I hope it's nixed. Part of 'Hellboy's' joy is its freshness.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
With Hellboy, this battle between story and effects is one that is bitterly fought.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Set within Del Toro's typical world of yellow gothic decay, the monsters are gruesome, the spiritual overtones abundant and the action is cut with an adventure serial zeal.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
While Comic Book Movies may be the new fad, I'm hoping that the trend will quickly end its tenure of terrorizing the cinematic landscape.
Josh Gilchrist - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Prende a atencao do espectador gracas aos seus interessantes personagens e ao rico universo no qual estes vivem.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
The grim humor is ironically enjoyable and makes this film worth seeing. But neither del Toro nor Mignola knows who Hellboy should be.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Dynamic in disposition, but ineffectually conveyed.
Mark Sells - CineScene.com
Depths of character draw us in and make the film much more than an exercise in eye-poppingly inventive design, make-up, effects and action.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Perlman plays the adult Hellboy to perfection: part blustery, stogie-chomping tough guy in a mean leather duster, and part angsty teenager, sick and tired of being confined to the BPRD lest his appearance incite a riot among the general populace.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Hellboy will strike a chaotic chord with audiences that appreciate their dark and stylish comic book narratives as mysteriously inviting and highly spirited
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Wondrously off-the-wall... bring on the sequel!
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Although Perlman's presence provides the heart and soul of Hellboy, the film's fire dies down the moment he disappears from sight
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
Overall, Hellboy is a hot time in the old town, a great comic book movie writ large.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
...reminiscent of both The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, but with a better story, and Men in Black, but less adorable.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Sly humor, restrained violence/language, and a terrific -- and very crimson -- Ron Perlman position Hellboy as a cut above your average Mutants vs. Nazis flick.
David N. Butterworth - Movie Boeuf
It works basically because of Ron Perlman.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
If you're planning to take a comic book to the big screen, Guillermo del Toro is the man you want behind the camera.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Perlman invests him with such genuine emotions -- both good and bad -- that we never for a second doubt his plausibility as a character or why he makes the choices he does.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Master director Guillermo Del Toro artistically glues the fanciful bits to his celluloid canvas creating a visual feast for the imagination! Read on->
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
This isn't the first comic-book movie to think it's the Book of Revelations, but I wish to hell it were the last.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
A great concept burdened by an unwieldy back story...
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
What the picture could use is more in common with del Toro's The Devil's Backbone
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
Finally, we have an excellent fresh treatment for a comic book hero.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
It doesn't leave the "Is that it?" aftertaste that cursed Daredevil, but it definitely feels like something we've seen before ... many, many times before.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
...wickedly funny and action packed...
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
This movie isn't original enough, exciting enough, or humorous enough to sustain interest, let alone spawn the expected sequel or two.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
It would have been so easy to play Hellboy as caricature, but [Ron] Perlman provides the character heart, soul, and the richness of life.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
As good a comic book flick as I've seen in years.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
OK, the CGI stuff is getting better. But it still looks like CGI stuff.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
[Del Toro] captures some of the visual color, tone, and, yes, beauty of the comic book, but he sometimes makes you feel like you are reading it over someone else's shoulder and that person takes too long to finish a page.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
What you'd get after playing video games like Doom 3-D for twenty hours solid before declaring 'well, why the *%&! shouldn't there be a movie like this?'
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Thanks to the singular vision of director Guillermo del Toro and Mike Mignola's gloriously dark source material, Hellboy is a wicked trip into the fantastic.
Sara Brady - Premiere Magazine
The ingredients may be ordinary, but the presentation -- the tone, the flavor, the texture -- is sublime.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Energetic and entertaining, Hellboy falters in its second half, but manages to engross, thanks mostly to a sharply humourous script and terrific performances.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Combining CG with matte paintings, models and animatronics, writer/director Guillermo del Toro fosters the fun and ingenuity that fuel this often-confusing horror fantasy.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
...un heureux melange de bande dessinee inventive et de monstres 'lovecraftiens'...
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
Writer/director Guillermo del Toro puts too much effort on image and not enough on background.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Succeeds as a supernatural special-effects free-for-all, a no-holds-barred monster throwdown and even a love story.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
What begins as sensory overload eventually gives way to blatant plot gaps... I'm totally on the fence about Hellboy.
Fred Topel - About.com
The world created in Hellboy seems to reveal something clever at every turn...I hope that there's a sequel.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
I never thought I'd root for a character with rice cakes on his forehead and I'm certainly not going to start now.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
[Hellboy's] actions are believable, his issues are sympathetic, and his humor is genuinely funny.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Deadpan humor combines with inventive action and real character development
George Wu - culturevulture.net
Perlman, a fine actor, breathes life into Hellboy, despite all the layers of makeup he wears in the film.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
I've seen bad superhero movies before. This is not a bad superhero movie. Enjoy.
Oz - eFilmCritic.com
With all pro's and con's tallied, Hellboy stands as a durable popcorn entertainment with definite potential to become a franchise.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Eat your heart out, Hulk; watch your back, Spider-Man. Hellboy promises to heat up the superhero competition.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
A wonderfully pulpy thrill ride full of awesome computer-generated and make-up effects.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
There's lots of dazzle in this superhero comic book film.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Guillermo del Toro's above-average if not-quite-spectacular adaptation of Hellboy sticks to this expectation-flipping recipe and retains the comic's cheeky, po-mo spirit.
Chris Garcia - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ron Perlman is almost frighteningly perfect.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Fast, funny, and flippant.
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
Purists may be disgruntled with parts of the story, but they'll agree that Hellboy captures the essence of the big, lovable lug with attitude to spare.
Jeffrey Bruner - Des Moines Register
For all the monstrous eviscerations, there's no real heart here.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
[Hellboy] smacks of first in franchise and, with a better story and more wicked bad guys, will probably end up with a sequel or two.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Hellboy is at its best in the first half. That's when we get to watch him in action. But director Guillermo del Toro ultimately allows the film to run out of steam.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
This superhero character would seem to confirm the oft held view that we are molded by our environment.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Far be it from me to endorse yet another franchise, but thanks to del Toro and a smart script, Hellboy is so entertaining that you long to see what further heck this gang can raise.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
The best thing about Hellboy is Hellboy
A boring sidekick, an undeveloped love interest, unimpressive villains, and grotesque but unfrightening monsters.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
This movie is an astoundingly colorful and exceedingly entertaining showcase of Demonic Superheroes vs. Slimy Monsters.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
A film for comic book fanatics, children and fantasy fans, but it's hardly a heavenly experience for those who prefer actual literature.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
The constant winking at the audience does get a little tiresome, but for the most part, the film is a fun and thrilling action piece.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Essentially, Hellboy is another WWF Smackdown movie.
D.K. Holm - DVDTalk.com
Del Toro's wittiest, most visually diverse feature to date.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
He's finally figured out what to do with a big budget ... Yet del Toro still hasn't figured out some basic storytelling tenets.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
If you identified with the freakish misfits of The X-Men, you'll love Hellboy and friends. They are a helluva lot X-ier.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
The whole movie rides on whether Del Toro and Perlman can make Hellboy into a character worth watching, and they do.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Without conveying its uniqueness to a larger audience, it finally becomes an empty spectacle of confusion and lost opportunity.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
[del Toro] doesn't quite knock it out of the park like X2 or Spider-Man, but that's not because of a weak swing.
Mark Rahner - Seattle Times
The film hits its stride in all the moments where del Toro forgets about his silly hocus-pocus Apocalypse and lets his heroes interact and grow.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
I couldn't even begin to tell you what Hellboy is about, but unholy crap is it cool.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Silly stuff, to be sure, but Perlman is so spectacular that he holds it together.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Irritatingly drawn-out and overblown.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Most heroes need a cape. Hellboy needs a hug.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
If you don't normally go to films where the lead characters look like giant Pez dispensers, the slogging fights of Hellboy may seem like purgatory. But there's enough going on in between the big action sequences to save the movie from mediocrity.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
[F]eels like a genre classic for much of its running time, until it tails off sharply in its final third.
Austin O'Connor - Lowell Sun
This is one heck of a fun ride - even for non-comic book aficionados like me.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Despite its shallow feel, Hellboy still succeeds as a piece of relentless pop entertainment.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
I saw many films in this hodgepodge... but I saw nothing that 'Hellboy' could call its own.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
Portions of the movie capture the spirit of the clever source material, yet it eventually becomes another generic action flick bogged down by the weight of its CGI effects.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
The latest hero for our time is red.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Somehow del Toro gives the movie unexpected rhythm and spirit; don't be surprised if you get caught up in this weirdly affecting tale...
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Filled with even doses of action, humor and multi-dimensional characters with heart, Hellboy is everything a comic book movie should be.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
I enjoyed the first 90 minutes and was ready to give this a recommend, but the last 30 minutes sent the movie straight to hell for me.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A damned good time.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
It's a movie for people (the guy kind) who can't stop turning the pages of comic books, who want life to be serialized.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Del Toro has traded the subtlety for special effects that aren't.
Robert Wilonsky - Dallas Observer
Perlman, who has become a modern-day Lon Chaney with the variety of monsters and weird characters he has played, has his best role...
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Hellboy boasts a fine performance from Perlman, who manages to create a real character despite wearing a ton of red makeup and what appears to be a leather Hellboy suit.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
[Hellboy] is gloomily gorgeous, but its tone careens recklessly between light comedy and dark portentousness and the character relationships suffer.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
Perlman is the best casting in the history of super-hero films.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Perlman's natural gruffness lends depth to the character's one-liners as moments of levity rather than calculated quips from a screenwriter's pen.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
The promise is in the premise. Next time (and after Hellboy makes millions, there will be a next time), someone just has to make good on it.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Visually attractive, but not much else.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Extremely original yet routine in parts.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
For all its f/x pageantry, it is rather tired, as if it's the third sequel of a franchise, not the initial episode.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Hellboy has an amazing soul and sense of drama that exceeds what you get from most comic book movies.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A fun monster movie.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
If you're a Hellboy fan, the film is a must-see. For others, don't bother.
Peter Bernard - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Works because of its little poetic moments and some killer casting.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
Hellboy's characters may be reminiscent of X-Men, they're a lot more fun. Only a weak villain mars this new comic book entry.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The most successful transformation from pulp page to big screen since Tim Burton's Batman in 1989.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
Though there's nothing particularly new in the Hellboy narrative, it's easy to be captivated by del Toro's style and the film's overall panache.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
A fully formed, funny, smart and briskly entertaining horror show.
John Anderson - Newsday
Seems to be a blend of X-Men and The Mummy, but even The Mummy has a more coherent mythology.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
A comic book you've never heard of is brought to the big screen gleaming with enthusiasm, even if the script could have used more polish.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Hellboy is as magnificent looking a comic book film as I've ever seen, but an increased sense of boredom detached me about midway through.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
The rare labor of love that should both satisfy die-hard fans and excite newcomers as well.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
What separates Hellboy from your run-of-the-mill comic book movie is, ironically, that it feels like it's about real people.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
While it may not be as memorable as the X-Men flicks, Hellboy is still a hella-good time.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Hellboy is the most engaging comic-book movie character to emerge in years, and his complex personality is perfectly personified by Ron Perlman, with a prosthetic assist.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Hellboy the character is a great deal more interesting than Hellboy the movie.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
The big challenge is setting aside the Perlman-as-Hellboy prejudice.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
One part fierce, one part vulnerable: like the director, like his heroes.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
As far as the latest crop of repetitive superhero movies goes, Hellboy is heaven-sent.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
(Perlman's) rumbling, ironic lilt and cynical cigar-chomping give charismatic aplomb to this supernatural superhero...
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
del Toro's focus on the mood and the effects unfortunately causes the characters to suffer
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Every scene is an orgy of elaborate visual effects but there is so little to tie them together that the reels could be shown in any order...
Peter Sobczynski - Critic Doctor
One of the sturdier superhero movies of the last couple of years, with monsters and effects and diabolical baddies to spare, a heart as big as a house and a love story that actually gets its hooks in you.
John Patterson - L.A. Weekly
I've never laid an eye on Mignola's comic, but I know a good del Toro film when I see it.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Del Toro's distinctive stamp of texture and undercurrents are all over this movie--You're in for a helluva good time!
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
If it weren't for the sag in the story's pacing halfway through that threatens to have the whole thing implode in on itself, it would be a perfect flight of fancy.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
A long, violent, cigar commercial that's for Hellboy comic book fans only.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Ron Perlman as Hellboy might be the best casting ever of a superhero...he's cooler than the movie is.
John Venable - Supercala.com
... I loved about 49 percent of this movie but I hated 51 percent of it so I'm going to give this film thumbs down.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
An enjoyable, wide-ranging and well-crafted film.
Daniel Etherington - Film4