A big-budget comic-book adaptation has rarely felt so humorless and intellectually defensive about its own pulpy roots.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Incredibly long, incredibly tedious, incredibly turgid.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
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.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Lee tries to spruce it all up with heavy use of split-screen, which is sometimes clever and sometimes distracting. But nothing can distract us from the overriding reality that too much of Hulk is a sulk.
Mike Clark - USA Today
A belabored, ostentatious, overlong behemoth.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Hulk doesn't deliver its summer payload.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Schamus and his fellow screenwriters have taken the most pompous elements of superhero comics -- the humorless archetypes, the italicized declamations -- and inflated them until they nearly burst with the strain.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The upshot is sweetly melodramatic -- at least, you inevitably note, there are nominal humans aboard.
Michael Atkinson - Village Voice
The filmmakers said it was going to be smart -- really smart -- like all of Lee's movies. Instead, it's big, dumb and fun.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
A portentous souffle that never truly rises.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
A dark and serious psychological drama cum sci-fi spectacle, The Hulk is incredible for what it attempts rather than what it achieves. For some viewers, that will be enough.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
Hulk is hardly a masterpiece. But it is certainly one of the most psychologically ambitious movies ever unleashed on the summer-movie crowd.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Despite the profusion of computer-generated effects, which rousingly bring the green guy to life, I often felt, for better and for worse, that I was watching a comic-book movie reconceived as a piece of serious mythmaking.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
Ang Lee has boldly taken the broad outlines of a comic book story and transformed them to his own purposes; this is a comic book movie for people who wouldn't be caught dead at a comic book movie.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
It's a corker -- big, exciting, opulently designed, gorgeously shot and blessed with a top cast.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
[An] enjoyable summer behemoth.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
A terrific, great-looking movie that's rich and memorable and almost as huge as its mighty green star.
Karen Heller - Philadelphia Inquirer
Hulk is the lumpiest amalgamation of sci-fi and psychological drama since Steven Soderbergh's misfired Solaris.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Hulk may not jump as high as some had hoped, but it still packs a solid wallop.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Lee's talents, though vast and subtle, are not suited to the material, and his endless quest to find meaning gets in the way of what we all want to see.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
An interesting effort to give one of the staples of mass entertainment something extra in the way of insight and feeling.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
Big, dopey and crammed with special effects that take the breath away.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
[An] impeccably crafted piece of megabuck fantasy storytelling.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
This messy, disappointing, self-important and utterly humorless version of the Marvel comic book character may be the toughest flick with a green protagonist to sit through since The Grinch.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
A fascinating, if flawed, extravaganza.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
A comic book movie as smart and expressive as the medium that spawned it.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Ang has the arty smarts, Stan has the pop wiles -- now if only they could get on the same page.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Are comic books art? Maybe, but this leaden, pretentious flick about Marvel Comics' big green id, from the overrated Ang Lee, is just schlock art for the NPR set.
Charles Taylor - Salon.com
Unlike your average comic-book blockbuster, The Hulk isn't a bad cartoon. It's a bad modern Greek tragedy.
David Edelstein - Slate
Lee's vision of Hulk is fresh and exciting, and he has fashioned a motion picture that's a breath of fresh air.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Filled with visual energy, genuine artistry and compelling human emotions.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
There is still much to keep you riveted.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
[A] likable if tame monster movie.
Manohla Dargis - Los Angeles Times
Whatever problems it has as a story, at least Hulk tried, honestly and desperately, to push the comic book move into new places emotionally and stylistically.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The Hulk lacks personality; not a great movie.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
The best comic book adaptation I've seen so far with an excellent cast and well directed piece of art...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
A turgid, CGI-Frankenstein reject
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
The spectacular special effects and Lee's use of split screens provide some relief in a nonetheless tedious tale in which Nick Nolte (looking much like his recent mug shot) provides several unintentional laughs as Banner's father.
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
The film almost matches the inner conflict of its titular character, intermittently bogged down even as it soars to seemingly impossible heights.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Lee and Schamus try on film genres like The Silence of the Lambs' Buffalo Bill tries on human skin.
Keith Uhlich - UGO
The only Ang Lee film where he shows even a modicum of originality in his direction or any real personality or interesting visual flair.
Derek Smith - Apollo Guide
What a strange and fascinating contraption Hulk is.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
The way Lee orchestrates the film is closer to painting than directing. At times, it feels as though a graphic novel is being laid out on screen.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
A talented director wasted on a poorly plotted and weakly acted film. Not even the visual effects are salvagable
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
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.
Derek Adams - Time Out
The Hulk, like its lead character, is just too big.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
James Verniere - Boston Herald
It still looks and feels like a superhero movie, even if it didn't turn out exactly the way we wanted it to.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Audiences expecting to turn off their brains and sit back for another blast of mere eye candy may stagger out of this 138-minute epic wondering what hit them.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
I cannot recall seeing a tank being lobbed at a copter with such finesse.
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
Hulk se distingue de la masse par son caractere humain et par les themes qu'il aborde.
Louis-Jerome Cloutier - Panorama
Rent it, fast forward through the first forty minutes, and enjoy the rest. Well, except the last ten minutes... okay, maybe give it a miss.
Oz - eFilmCritic.com
Dean Essner - Independent
Wastes time and squanders audience sympathy with too much humorless exposition.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
[Lee] adapt[s] the visual language of comic books to the screen in a way that seems quite fresh... while focusing on a story of abuse, death, and emotional trauma.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Whether the world is ready for the first intelligent comic book film, only time, and a guy who spends a lot of money on new trousers, will tell.
Ed Colley - Future Movies UK
... a 138-minute hulking monster of a box office smash hit about, er, a hulking monster who likes to smash and hit.
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
Hulk plays like exactly what it is: an action movie by an art-house director, and ultimately that combination is more frustrating than fruitful.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Whereas the original Hulk (and King Kong, for that matter) fought against injustice, intolerance, and abuses of power, all that this Hulk has to fight is his Big Bad Daddy.
Todd R. Ramlow - PopMatters
Ang Lee has exteriorized shamelessly; The film is practically inside-out with armchair psychology.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
Richly mythopoeic and sophisticated.
Rob White - Sight and Sound
Thanks in part to Academy Award winning director Ang Lee and producer Gale Anne Hurd, this interpretation of the Hulk has incredible style and detail.
Mark Sells - Film Threat
Where's the depth? What am I missing?
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
You won't like him when he's angry - for all the wrong reasons.
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
Film critics should be ashamed of themselves for not rallying to Hulk's cause: What the blockbuster should strive to be.
Stephen Himes - Film Snobs
Hulk represents a quantum leap in summer entertainment - a thoughtful and moving superhero flick with enough action to keep our blood pumping.
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
Hulk deberia ser considerada la pelicula mas floja de Ang Lee hasta la fecha. Pero al mismo tiempo debe ser la mas original traslacion de un comic a la pantalla desde, digamos, Dick Tracy.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Leave it to an Academy favourite like Ang Lee to mess up the dependable summer blockbuster formula with unintelligible father-hatred complexes and extra-corny art house editing.
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Hulk will almost certainly disappoint its target audience but it's still the most beautiful, intelligent blockbuster of the year.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Director Ang Lee is to be commended for at least at-tempting to go beyond what could have been an empty special effects bonanza. But the subject of strained child/parent relationships is treated superficially.
Michael Drakulich - Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
A big hulking mess.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Very much like the recent Solaris remake, Hulk isn't exactly what audiences were expecting.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
The Hulk stuff looks great. The CGI character is expressive, sympathetic and there's just a great visceral thrill to all the 'Hulk Smash' scenes. Most of the film has a good heart, with undertones of rage and repression. But, it's a slow start.
Fred Topel - About.com
The biggest problem I had with the CGI hulk - I just couldn't believe there was a human somewhere inside of it.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
The actors ... give credence even to The Hulk's most ridiculous moments, making Lee's creation feel like more than just another expensive collection of pixels.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
What we ultimately are left with seems to be a case of a director's serious, high-minded aesthetic in unholy alliance with inherently silly material.
Paul Povse - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Visuellement epoustouflant. Une adaptation de bande-dessinee unique.
Nicolas Lacroix - Showbizz.net
flails away at building the story
Rebecca Murray - About.com
'Espectacular y tragica, es una cinta que vale la pena ver por la calidad de su director y la profundidad humana de su historia.'
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Here's a riddle for you, from Bailey: 'What's big and green and doesn't suck anymore?' Answer: Godzilla.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Was "The Hulk" worth it? Yes, but not until the Hulk finally shows up about an hour in to it. Would I see it again? Just the scene where the Hulk fights the tanks. That scene is one for the ages.
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi - Broomfield Enterprise
The movie is far too well crafted for its subject, and it's been horribly mismarketed, but I hope people will see it on its own merits.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
The effects again look intermittently successful.
Cynthia Fuchs - Nitrate Online
Hulk is very much a movie about the basest elements of humanity. It's a steroidized 'misunderstood monster' chamber drama [rather] than a superhero movie, a film with a deeper sense of brooding and potentiality.
Brent Simon - Entertainment Today
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.
Nev Pierce - BBC
The film is overly self-conscious and introspective.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The Hulk is an abomination in oh-so-many ways.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
...the first really bad comic book movie since its re-emergence over the last few years.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Bold ambitions make Hulk the most profound popcorn blockbuster ever made and one that plays more to smart young adults than geeky teens.
Shannon J. Harvey - Sunday Times (Australia)
A behemoth that's not as bad as it could be nor as good as it wants to be.
Christine James - Boxoffice Magazine
It's an offbeat action movie that's more interested in touching the heart than stimulating the adrenal gland.
Marshall Fine - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
He's mean and he's green, but The Hulk isn't lean at a running time of about two hours and 20 minutes. As its shortened title reflects, this Hulk isn't incredible.
Gerry Shamray - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
'You wouldn't like me when I'm boring.'
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
Despite the breathtaking visuals and Lee's obvious reverence for the source material, The Hulk ultimately rates as a disappointment.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
Hulk is a brave attempt to balance ideas and effects in a mainstream film. It fails, but it's an estimable failure.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
The movie works well as pure character study, but the experience is also elevated by Lee's sense of visual craftsmanship.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Despite pacing that lulls in a lengthy second half and a visually overwhelming climax, the Hulk is, quite simply, incredible.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Hulk e um verdadeiro presente para os fas do personagem e de Ang Lee - dois grupos que, no passado, poderiam ter sido considerados incompativeis.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
What's the big deal with the Hulk, anyway? He's got a neck that's missing in the Bermuda Triangle between two shoulders and a head. If I have to trade a neck for the ability to touch my toes without bending, I'll pass.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
...a melancholy film.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
'It contains qualities that will last once the state-of-the-art effects have become dated and silly.'
Peter Sobczynski - Critic Doctor
A story that's no more profound than Frankenstein, yet grabs for IQ points by having characters debate bio-ethics every three minutes.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
The plot has to pause after every meager action scene to express its feelings.
D.K. Holm - Movie Poop Shoot
Ang Lee creates a tragic, sentimental piece, a la King Kong, rather than a generic monster on the rampage type of film.
Mark Sells - CineScene.com
Audiences [are] likely to admire the work that's gone into this film -- rather than joyously enjoying the film itself.
Clint Morris - Film Threat
The result may not be the best comic-book movie ever produced, but it's certainly the most ambitious.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
Director Ang Lee has been quoted as saying he was making a Greek tragedy out of "The Hulk", not a superhero film. If that's true, he has succeeded.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
"Hulk" is going to be big (pun intended) and I like it better than "Spiderman."
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Hulk is probably the first comic book movie that could play to arthouse audiences as well as in mainstream multiplexes.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Think 'good' Sam Raimi (Evil Dead 2, The Gift) and not 'hack' Sam Raimi (Kevin Costner baseball movie, Spider-Man).
Chuck Russel - Film Threat
Not the best or most exciting of comic-book movies, but the most thoughtful and one of the most interesting
virtuoso split-screen work evokes comic-book panel layouts.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
A long, tedious affair with unconvincing special effects crammed into the center of it.
Mike Watt - Film Threat
Here's the good news: After months of intense tinkering and desperate repair, 'Hulk' no longer looks like Gumby on steroids. Here's the bad news: It may be the most singularly confused comic book adaptation ever to reach the silver screen.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Equal parts silly and dark, as all good comic book adaptations should be, and refreshing to see a super-antihero movie for a change.
Simon Braund - Empire Magazine
If ever there was a movie that needed a strong finish, it's Ang Lee's "Hulk," a film whose interminable first hour is such a bore, audiences might need their own nanomeds gamma rayed to get through it.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
'When I lose control, I like it,' Bruce Banner confesses. Considering the film's military context, it's an expression of the public's own collective excitement when the U.S. 'Hulks out' at an undermatched foe...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Ang Lee and his creative associates are involved in an experiment of cinematic alchemy -- turning the equivalent of lead into gold.
Leonard Klady - Movie City Geek
...any film whose main character is supposed to be horrifying but looks more like a Disney character with a temper is bound to fail.
Josh Gilchrist - rec.arts.movies.reviews
What's good about Lee's movie isn't just good, it's great. It's just unfortunate that the the film as a whole can't live up to that greatness.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Where The Hulk excels is in Schamus and Lee's almost academic attempt to reinvent the superhero movie according to the rules of its source material.
Peter Debruge - Premiere Magazine
If the digital Hulk is sometimes lacking, the rest of the movie's visual approach is a knock-out.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
[James Schamus and Ang Lee] make beautiful movies, and this new one about a green monster that destroys things is, ironically, as beautiful as they come.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Ang Lee tackles another genre, and the result is one of the most unusual -- and enjoyable -- superhero movies in years.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
A rewarding experience overall.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Visually stunning and darker than expected.
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
One of the classiest, glossiest and most thoughtful comic book film adaptations yet.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
There is no question that this comic book character is a tough one to nail to the screen, and Ang Lee's ambitious Hulk disappoints by trying to be too many things to too many people.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
I left the theater wanting to smash things.
Danny Minton - KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
Mutation, mutation, mutation.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
With Ang Lee as the director, you expect this to be more than just a comic book brought to the big screen - and it is.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
A comic-book movie for adults, that, while it finally flies wide of its intended 'classic' mark, is shockingly ambitious in nearly everything it attempts, whether it actually succeeds or not.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Ang Lee takes Hulk and constructs a thoughful, dense story on parental sin and tormented souls. For the high bar set for comic book adaptations, this easily surpasses.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Ambitious but inconsistent and, in the end, a slight letdown.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
As a mythic comic-book movie about a man at war with himself and the world, it's unexpectedly intense and engaging. It's not only this summer's blockbuster creature-feature but it also cleverly fuses pop culture with psychodrama.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
No better than the much cheaper old-school Hulk TV show with Lou Ferrigno in green body paint.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Lee helms what amounts to be a smashing affair of exuberant sci-fi angst. The Hulk is an intense and hostile escapist flick that delightfully paints an excitable portrait of self-destruction within the indelible psyche.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Ang Lee's treatment is deadly serious, but a lack of winking humor is appropriate in the case of this dark heroic tale, and the action sequences are riveting, thrilling and cathartic.
Greg Dean Schmitz - Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
It's a mishmash -- but at times wonderful to behold.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Don't let the previews fool you. Hulk isn't your typical comic book movie. It's not a disposable blockbuster either. These are both good things.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
The Hulk delivers more Zen than zap, taking the comic-book movie to new philosophical levels, something not done since Darkman.
Jackie Loohauis - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
For all its stylistic energy, The Hulk remains curiously flat and uninvolving whenever the monster is offscreen.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
It was the look of the fifteen foot Beast leapfrogging about that gave the film its momentum and awe.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
It's too long for kids, it's too slow for teens, it's too light for adults. It's too deep for those who don't like to think about their movies, it's too on-the-nose for those who do, and it's completely lacking in memorable action moments for those who ar
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
The most disconcerting thing about the film is that, in its leap from the four-color paneled pages to the big screen, it lost its wit.
Guylaine Cadorette - Hollywood.com
Hulk is good enough that it's not likely to disappoint.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
An arty-farty super-hero flick.
Mark Rahner - Seattle Times
There's something magical about the whole movie.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
This Hulk is focused more on art than action.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Since Lee has gone out of his way to make something of great significance, he has actually called too much attention to the effort.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The Hulk hasn't got the jollies of Spider-Man or the smarts of the Matrix films, but it's good enough, big enough and fun enough to spawn a sequel we can all complain about a few years hence.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Come back, Daredevil; all is forgiven.
Dean Essner - Orlando Weekly
A thinking person's movie with precious little for anyone to think about, except for a green giant smashing things.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane! It's a big, piece of green cheese.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
One of the year's most pleasant Hollywood surprises and the best film of the year.
Clint Morris - Moviehole
...crafted with startling elegance for a film in which the theme is uncontrollable anger.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
A visually compelling film with characters and a story that reach a higher level of sincere drama than their predecessors.
Peter Bernard - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
This green-eyed monster may be the perfect symbol of an angry time. But he's an impossible hero to cheer.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
. . .megaplex masterpiece. . .the summer's best film so far, and a front contender for year-end top ten lists with six months still left to go.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
An unconventional, ballsy winner.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
This movie is every bit as spiritual and arty as Lee's last film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, just as dark as that film but a good deal less buoyant.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
[A] long, overwrought and flawed comic book adaptation.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
[A] visually dazzling but leaden adaptation.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
This is not your typical comic book movie, and all others expecting the usual allotment of mindless summer entertainment are in for a rude awakening by its deep, psychological, cerebral approach.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
One of those films so undermined by special effects that it could become an archetypal failure.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
An oddity as far as summer blockbusters go.
John Paul Powell - Jam! Movies
Hulk gets top marks for ambition and effect.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Hulk has the ripped gusto of a pop myth being reinvented. It's excessive and too long, but with exciting macho blows it pounds away at machismo.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
[Ang Lee] brings ... a cerebral approach, rare in summer movies, and an earnest attempt to capture the comic-book style on film.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
What Ang Lee did for flight in 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,' he now does for tragic superheroes: He makes it all seem new again.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
I can't say that The Hulk is my favorite comic-book movie or that it moved me, but I admired Lee's inventiveness, even when his movie wasn't as much fun as I expected it to be.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
It's as if Lee is so nervous that people will find the Hulk funny that he leeches the movie of fun.
Katrina Onstad - National Post
Call it a post-nuclear Jekyll and Hyde story. Or King Kong with the ape role replaced by a scientist with intimacy issues. Or Shrek meets The Ice Storm.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
He claims you wouldn't like him when he's angry, but when he isn't, Bana's Banner is pretty boring.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Beautifully shot, strikingly edited, compellingly couched in terms of the clash between primal urges and the constricting effects of modern society -- much of this film is a pounding pleasure.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
The oedipal theme should resonate with the young audience as much as the blockbuster visuals.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Hulk lovers, in short, will have to take the good with the not-so-good, although they should be thankful to have gotten, in Lee and writer James Schamus, artists who at least take the story seriously.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The Hulk serves as the summer's most extravagant reminder that a temper is a terrible thing to lose.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
It just doesn't add up to the kind of roller-coaster ride that the summer movie audience demands and expects.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The Hulk is a seriously repressed movie, and like its hero-victim, Bruce Banner, it doesn't know what it wants to be: serious and thoughtful, or big green money-making machine.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Seems as unhappily divided in its nature as Bruce Banner himself.
Bill Gallo - Dallas Observer
You'll leave the theater impressed by its look and the issues it raises; you'll probably also wish the Hulk had a heart to match its head.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
...Dare I say it? The Hulk is incredible!
Staci Layne Wilson - Fantastica Daily
It may take a while for Hulk to smash, but when he does, it's a thing of beauty reinvented for a whole new legion of fans.
Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
[Has] just enough 'Wow!' moments to make it worthwhile.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Could have added up to one mammoth, eye-popping, heart-thumping summer popcorn movie. Alas, it isn't.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
Even when it's not working, it's almost always interesting.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
When the Hulk soared through the air in an escape from the tanks and helicopters hot on his trail, my stomach turned, my heart sped up and my eyes welled up with tears.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Toss a plastic toy figure across your yard, and you'll have a good approximation of what this film's $140 million-plus budget bought its producers.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
Overblown adaptation of Marvel Comics monster saga is a lumbering, ponderous failure that trips over its misguided, touchy-feely aspirations.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Lee has at once been faithful to the pop source material and invested it with surprising dramatic resonance...looks very much like a comic, but feels deeper and richer.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Instead of adding some playfulness, some comic book zest, (Ang) Lee has directed an angst-ridden excursion into suppressed emotions, guilt and scientific irresponsibility.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Boring, unconvincing mess.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Clever, formally inventive and so respectful of its source material that it's dead on the screen
Gary Mairs - culturevulture.net
Like the Hulk, we're so frustrated we want to start breaking stuff.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Even if Ang Lee falls a little short of what he set out to accomplish, he has created a movie that is in itself a major breakthrough.
Blake Davis - KFOR Channel 4 News
A sometimes enjoyable, sometimes moving film.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
(Lee) successfully elevates the comic book adaptation to an art form without forgetting his source.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
Fans of the comic book will probably be pleased and thrill seekers in general will get plenty to chew on.
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
Nolte's character is supposed to add dark, Oedipal themes of destiny and consequences, but his appearances frequently sparked laughter from the audience and his final conversation with his son plays like a parody of Sam Shepherd as translated into Finnish
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Hulk might be the first comic book film worthy of the art house.
Dan Fazio - Citysearch
This ambitious comic book adaptation gets it right most of the time, and when it does, The Hulk is smashing.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
...the Hulk looks something like a hairy and very angry avocado - a new Veggie Tales character, perhaps.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Hulk, quite simply, smash.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
Always energetic and sometimes cockamamie enough to be genuinely fun, Hulk is the blockbuster to beat this season.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Despite the Hulk's destructive combat with advanced military machines, the real war seems to be between the human story Lee tries so hard to create and the studio's thirst for action to satisfy their youth market.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Not since Tim Burton resuscitated the genre with "Batman" has a director so managed to put his own stamp on a superhero film and make the old seem new again.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
[It] looks like a comic book... and it feels like a cerebral and satisfyingly disconcerting stew of Jekyll and Hyde and King Kong and Greek tragedy.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Definitely worked as a impressive achievement in combining the darker sides of humanity to the lighter sides of comic books.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
There is no joy in Hulkville. And intellectually, I know that is how it should be.
David Poland - Hot Button
An ugly mixture, like its protagonist, that we still find a way to admire. It took a director like Lee to bring so many invigorating techniques to the story, even as his artistic aspirations slowly lose their way.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Ang Lee's interpretation of the Marvel Comics hero is a sci-fi/action thriller art film that tries valiantly to re-create the graphic- novel experience, but lacks a certain insanity.
John Anderson - Newsday
Tries to be both an arty introspective super hero story and a summer extravaganza, and fails in both categories.
Jamie Gillies - Apollo Guide
[Lee] has done as he promised, turning a relatively simple, 41-year-old story of mutation into an exploration of Banner's psyche and the relationship between sinning parents and guiltless but afflicted children.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
The bad news is, the big green guy is no Gollum...
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
An articulation not only of the struggle between father and sons, but of our most current topical fears.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
Ang Lee's imprint is on every frame; pulsing with passion and the desire to construct the best product possible.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Aufmuth.com
Save your popcorn money, kids. Whereas Sam Raimi's Spider-Man. was lively and fun, Ang Lee's The Hulk is slow and ponderous. It takes itself way too seriously.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
After being blasted with gamma rays in the lab, Bruce experiences a most unwelcome change: Every time he gets angry, he becomes Bruce Almighty -- oops, wrong summer movie...
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
The Hulk has enough super-sized thrills and surprisingly affecting dramatic weight to make it the year's most profound popcorn extravaganza.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Hulk is a hit and miss motion picture, but [Ang] Lee has made it his own, and, in doing so, has created the most original comic book adaptation projected onto a screen.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
wooden performances, banal dialogue, and unintentional humor, the whole thing plummets to a denouement full of sound and fury like the film itself, signifying, well, you know.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
About the time that the Hulk jumps to the top of the Golden Gate Bridge, or holds on to a fighter jet as it speeds towards the upper edges of the Earth's atmosphere, I admit I was engrossed by this film's scope.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Struggles mightily between the requirement to awe and the desire to mean something.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
This is a superhero movie that really captures the essence of comic book pop art.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
A spectacular achievement in filmmaking and, perhaps, the most consciously stylistic comic-book movie yet.
Anderson Jones - E! Online
A nerdish scientist unleashes his monstrous inner child in this thoughtful superhero movie from director Ang Lee.
Matthew De Abaitua - Film4
The film over all is uneven, stale at the outset, with all the sugar at the bottom of the glass. Arrive late.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card