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Hellboy

2004
Sci-fi
Fantasy
2h 2m
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Rated 01 Jul 2009
65
34th
A so-so comic book movie that is still fun due to one thing: Ron Perlman. He nails the role in its entirety, delivering a complex, troubled, but likable, fun, and sympathetic protagonist. The film works when it goes for comedy, but every time that it tries to be dark or serious it simply falls apart under its derivative nature. Every other character in the film, especially the generic villain, is fairly dull, so whenever Hellboy isn't on the screen, the movie grows tiresome.
Rated 29 Apr 2019
55
22nd
A pretty bland mid-00s action flick: absent compelling stakes, character, humour, and visual panache.
Rated 06 May 2019
68
32nd
Comic book movie starts out well, with Perlman perfectly cast as the swaggering, smart-arsey but wounded and vulnerable hero, and Del Toro's gift as a visual storyteller is here in abundance, utilising the lavish and eccentric set design. Sputters when it shifts to more 'traditional' action-heavy set pieces, which feel more uncertain and are sluggishly directed. Well cast with some fresh and unusual casting decisions; Hurt, Tambor and disembodied Hyde Pierce are stand-outs.
Rated 17 May 2008
85
89th
Action packed and bad ass, with a vision of fantasy like no other. Ron Pearlman is great casting decision, and has a plot that drags you down a fantastic road with some great sight seeing along the way.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
95th
Fun, fairly mindless, action-packed comic movie about a big red demon with a rock hand. It's not Shakespeare, but sometimes who the hell cares?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
71st
Excellent adaptation of the bizarre comic. Del Toro is alright in my book.
Rated 05 Jul 2015
85
63rd
It has moments of brilliance, and Ron Perlman is fantastic, but the story is disappointingly derivative.
Rated 26 Dec 2018
65
42nd
It has a bit to much going on for anything to really click. Tone wise it never went full bad-ass or funny or serious. Content wise the bad guys felt thin, the romance felt thin, the themes felt thin, the father-son stuff felt thin. I think if the tone was more focused and they removed John as the audience stand-in to let Ron Pearlman steal the show it could've been great.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
85th
If you can look beyond the lack of story, this film is a lot of fun. It's a comic book adventure of a rock-fisted demon fighting bad guys. The action is good, there are a lot of laughs, and Ron Perlman proves that when you need a big, heavily make-upped character, he's the man to go to. Other than the fairly lame ending, this movie should entertain comic book fans thoroughly, and that really is the crowd it was made for. Really Good!
Rated 15 Oct 2008
92
79th
I love this movie, del toro did such a good job.
Rated 08 Mar 2009
87
67th
In my opinion a movie that is better than the comics - but maybe only beacuse i don't like Hellboy comics vey much...
Rated 17 Aug 2008
47
44th
It really is a shame to see a film as visually creative as this fall apart, but sadly that's excatly what happens. While Toro certainly has the unique creativity that the comic book adaptation required and the cast work well, the story leaves much explaining to be desired and you can't help but have the overriding feeling that there are plenty of missed opportunities. For me it was just saved by its creativity and the excellent portrayal of Hellboy, but there's plenty of future potential here.
Rated 20 Mar 2007
80
78th
I rated it 55/100 originally? Weird. I actually liked this one. Ron Perlman is pretty believable as a teenage boy, and del Toro's del Toroness is del Toroing all over the place in a way that is accessible with only minimal reduction in del Torotivity. I'm going to put this here, because I doubt I'll be reviewing more of his films anytime soon... his vampire novels? Pretty good. It's like the better moments from Barker's Books of Blood, only really cinematic and del Toresque.
Rated 19 Dec 2008
80
64th
a lot of fun
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
83rd
Brilliant start to a series, Ron Perlman shines and Selma Blair is breathtaking.
Rated 26 Aug 2017
90
64th
Hellboy is a good comic book movie before comic book movies were quite as popular. It has a good deal of monster fighting action, a good dose of humor, and a somewhat weak love story in the mix. Hellboy in particular is well played in the movie. While fun it was not without flaws though. The John Myers character didn't really add much to the plot except as part of a weak love triangle story, which as I said was the weakest part of the movie. However as a paranormal comic book movie, it's fun.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
35th
Ron Perlman's wounded puppy approach to Hellboy makes the movie work as a kind of slanted character study as much as it is an action film. A pulpy, meat feast.
Rated 05 Aug 2007
76
64th
Well done entertainment and a good adaption.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
56th
Enjoyable.
Rated 14 Oct 2008
50
38th
The plot just isn't very good. It tries to be too much and ultimately leaves too much to be desired and gives no explanations. Beyond that the film is pretty decent, the pacing is actually alright (disregarding the overall poor intro), the cast is great, with Perlman giving a surprisingly strong performance, and the visuals are superb. Has some individually great scenes. Starts off pretty bad, but ends up being somewhat enjoyable, although disappointing in it's mediocricy and waste of potential.
Rated 16 Mar 2010
80
69th
It's an entertaining departure from Guillermo del Toro's more serious films. The aesthetic and the genuinely funny quips make it a fun enough film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
91
94th
Call me a sucker for del Toro films, but I just love the style.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
45
35th
A fairly intresting super hero movie where the Hero is really not all that impressed by the world around him. It's also got demons, the undead, and some sci-fi oddities. If those two sentances didn't sell you, nothing will.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
79
62nd
Another comicbook adaption that hits you over the head with likability... Interesting mythology, and great main character.
Rated 22 Jul 2013
80
34th
Guillermo del Toro has a great eye for detail and his movies are often beautiful to look at. His streak continues here. He's a good director, and I thought the actors pulled off their parts pretty well. I didn't think it was amazing like most of my friends do, but it's good and the production is good as well.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
66th
The effects are astounding and the story is fantastic.
Rated 16 May 2012
63
43rd
An enjoyable, if slightly uneven comic book romp. Perlman is great as the titular character, and the overall design and look of the film is very good. The plot, however, isn't particularly engaging, so the overall film feels a little unsatisfying. Worth seeing if you are in the mood.
Rated 15 Oct 2007
74
41st
Starts really well. Then: monster turns up; Hellboy fights monster; Hellboy fights same monster; Hellboy fights same monster again; Hellboy fights same identical monster; Hellboy confronts Ultimate Evil; CGI budget apparently runs out; Ultimate Evil tamely succumbs; that's all, folks!
Rated 06 Oct 2013
62
28th
With a lot of potential and del Toro's signature anesthetics, its a shame that Hellboy is so average.
Rated 30 Oct 2008
70
48th
Very cheesy but it is relatively faithful to the source.
Rated 27 Apr 2009
85
68th
Fun movie with Perlman excellently playing Hellboy.
Rated 14 Dec 2009
79
20th
The creatures they created were amazing. The plot, sort of lame.
Rated 31 Mar 2010
83
23rd
entertaining but just average, nothing special
Rated 15 Jul 2010
75
31st
enjoyable, but average.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
73rd
It was good, could have been better but it was good. Worth seeing.
Rated 30 Jan 2024
50
10th
red man becomes horny; nearly destroys the world
Rated 16 Apr 2007
84
41st
cool, but not amazing
Rated 15 Aug 2009
65
72nd
found it way better than expected, just the ending was a little "too small" compared to the rest of the movie
Rated 13 May 2008
73
61st
Sort of dumb, but was overall an okay movie.
Rated 14 Oct 2008
94
86th
Great plot
Rated 23 Jul 2011
70
77th
Hellboy was a lot of fun while I was watching it. Its events and story are completely forgettable, but its characters remain in my mind. The action scenes are surprisingly its weakest points, while the writing and the dark aesthetics made the film for me. I did have a lot of fun, and since that's the most important thing in an action film, I can say that it accomplished its goal.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
73rd
One of the better comics movies
Rated 30 Dec 2007
75
68th
Interesting story and characters but not enough action for a super-hero movie. The ending could have been better.
Rated 05 Aug 2010
88
43rd
Love the style and creative characters.
Rated 14 Jul 2008
63
29th
Not bad, but another Super-hero flick.
Rated 10 Feb 2008
80
58th
Not horror but still good
Rated 27 Aug 2008
70
24th
In one way (lucky for them it's just one) reminiscent of the Mummy: supernatural creatures/villains are overhyped as incredibly deadly and powerful and yet Hellboy (at least he's a demon too, Brendan Fraser!) takes many of them out w/ a gun. (At least it's a big giant gun, Brendan Fraser!)
Rated 07 Dec 2008
100
0th
Horror? hellboy is horror? Entertaining, not very scary. I love Hellboy. Action and humor, it's got it all.
Rated 11 Dec 2006
65
59th
Comic gone mainstream, really enjoyed this movie
Rated 29 Jun 2010
75
74th
Great introduction for the Red Ape
Rated 11 Dec 2006
86
73rd
This movie is underrated. The concept is deliciously 90s. Ron Perlman is absolutely perfect as Hellboy.
Rated 03 Nov 2021
67
15th
Not a fan of Del Toro's work in general. I appreciated a lot the makeups and the dolls/costumes but everything else is just below average.
Rated 10 Nov 2008
68
53rd
The movie works best when dealing with the heros' characters - unfortunately, the bad guys are not nearly as well crafted as the good guys.
Rated 11 Jun 2007
50
15th
Having Hellboy's arm switch from right to left and back to right is nearly unforgivable. Having the firestarter blow up and room in one scene and everyone is in shackles the next scene is also nearly unforgivable. So much promise, but too many mistakes.
Rated 03 May 2007
5
42nd
Above average action flick. I enjoyed it.
Rated 16 Nov 2010
65
85th
Okay movie..
Rated 21 Nov 2009
73
40th
Strong comic-book action film. Great central character carries ridiculous premise.
Rated 18 Jan 2013
46
23rd
Cool visuals.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
56th
It's a fun movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
25th
Alright - action, 1/2 decent story. Didn't personally like it though.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
74th
Pretty fun.
Rated 15 Oct 2008
83
67th
This could have easily been a disaster, but del Toro's direction is visually fun and (more importantly) Ron Perlman's Hellboy is just so wry and sincere.
Rated 03 Jan 2014
81
58th
With wit, humor and Guillermo del Toro's fantastic visuals, the entertaining Hellboy transcends the derivative nature of the genre.
Rated 27 Jun 2012
65
38th
Some excellent action sequences and moments of comedy, but it lacks real drive and it never really feels like there's anything at stake. For something that is supposed to build towards a character-driven climax, it sure lacks actual climactic strength. Must have been annoying for the actors to put all that makeup on.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
86
50th
Pretty solid action Sci-Fi movie. Nice performance by Ron Pearlman that come through despite all the makeup.
Rated 10 Jan 2010
68
74th
The boss fight is weak and some of the CGI has noticeably aged. Besides that an enjoyable popcorn film, Perlman is perfectly cast.
Rated 27 May 2015
97
54th
This movie is so much fun! The story is really cool and some really cool monsters!
Rated 14 May 2015
50
13th
I don't remember a single part of this film, but I remember watching it and not liking it very much
Rated 28 May 2007
8
78th
Underrated IMO even though it's a bit too kid friendly at times but it really gets better as the film progresses. Del Toro's artistic style stands out; the production design (make up, costume, SFX,...) is quite impeccable and the cast is great. Hellboy is a pure enjoyable ride.
Rated 22 Feb 2007
64
22nd
own it but....not one i have watched more than once
Rated 05 Aug 2008
78
65th
Great special effects, somewhat cheesy dialogue, but overall enjoyable. The baddies were scary as hell.
Rated 29 Aug 2007
70
71st
I liked it.
Rated 25 Jul 2007
80
47th
A comic book movie with a dose of soul.
Rated 01 Feb 2013
8
0th
A fun game, with an interesting delve into the potential psychology of a human-raised demon. A fun action film, with fantastic production design and some not-too-bad writing. Doesn't take itself too seriously and the humour is a nice reprieve from the the heady heights of the material. Worth a watch.
Rated 03 Jun 2013
80
77th
Shit. I'd watch Ron Perlman in anything, but especially want more of these movies. The sequel is a bit less boring and more actiony/funny, but this is great still. NEED A PART THREE.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
29th
Bad comic, bad movie. Not a bad action though. Best part is Ron's acting. I love that guy.
Rated 12 Jul 2008
68
47th
Undeniably cool, but I just wasn't that into it. I also thought it was lame how they only had one monster and just clone it lots of times. The character of Hellboy is brilliant though.
Rated 20 Sep 2010
70
79th
Soft spot in my heart, due to my love of years for the comics. Not great, but entertaining and the characters are ultimately likable.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
4
31st
Good character design with Hellboy but the movie is a sensless mishmash of occult tropes, like throwing Nazis, demons, and Lovecraftian monsters together. The action is totally flat, which is a definite no-no for a comic book movie.
Rated 01 Jun 2008
75
27th
Very like a comic book, this film should be a good one for the fans of comics or fantasy.
Rated 05 Sep 2008
90
72nd
entertaining flick. i'm a sucker for a action packed comic book in film/tv, this fulfils that without any fluff nonsense.
Rated 04 Jan 2021
85
29th
In the last days of World War II, the Nazis turn to black magic to save their lost cause. The Allies storm the camp where the ceremony takes place, but not before the demon Hellboy has been summoned. Growing up, Hellboy decides to use his powers to fight evil.
Rated 24 Oct 2008
85
91st
A beautiful joyride with good and fantastic cast of monsters and the other beings. Interesting effects.
Rated 03 Aug 2007
76
35th
Great acting and likeable characters shoehorned into standard Hollywood action plot 101.
Rated 02 Nov 2007
80
73rd
Hellboy is one of the more well done comic book adaptations that seem to be so popular at the moment. In fact, if it weren't for the annoying choice of final fight, i would put it at second, behind Batman Begins. However, as it Does have that annoying final fight, I have to bump it down to third on my list, just below Spiderman1. Hopefully the sequel will rectify this.
Rated 15 Oct 2008
99
92nd
Del Toro is a god.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
69th
Pretty decent filmatization of a great comic, quite faithful to the subject matter. Not quite as great as I remembered, though.
Rated 02 Nov 2014
70
58th
Another fun early 2000's comic book movie, with practical effects that look great and CGI that looks awful. The blend of humor, drama and action works like a charm, and Ron Perlman nailing his character helps immensely. Like the others of its kind, nothing groundbreaking, but certainly charming and a lot of fun.
Rated 15 Dec 2007
80
66th
All the pieces were there but for me they just didn't really connect. Also has a lack luster ending. But the development of Hellboy was handled very well.
Rated 29 Mar 2013
82
47th
This movie is fire.
Rated 26 Feb 2024
60
20th
im like hellboy (like cats and have a fucked up face)
Rated 06 Apr 2009
60
51st
Better than most superhero adaptations, mainly because of comic nerd director/writer Guillermo del Toro, which ain't a bad thing, not at all, but still the ending could've been better. I mean, Hellboy bested that giant monster so easily, its like he wasn't even trying. Oh well, he is half devil.
Rated 06 Nov 2020
77
25th
It's hard NOT to like a Guillermo del Toro world on film. Unfortunately, it trips itself up a little bit for me with the character writing and some of the loose plot elements involving bad nazis and other early 2000s camera/editing techniques. I can't say I am a fan of that really slow-mo frame by frame styling that other films like Man On Fire use.
Rated 29 Dec 2009
55
12th
it was okay never been too big of a hell boy fan, i guess the worlds that created just isnt too appealing to me
Rated 14 Aug 2007
74
53rd
Enjoyable.
Rated 31 Mar 2013
79
54th
As entertaining as this movie sounds it just wasn't that amazing. I do always LOVE Guillermo del Toro's creatures in films. The guy made out of sand with the swords was so cool in this. I also loved the hell dog creatures too. Ron Perlman did a great job as the sarcastic Hellboy. Selma Blair also brought her fiery personality to the cast. While I was wowed by some of the scenes, others just felt thrown in to add length to the film. I would have been happier with a better shorter product.
Rated 18 Feb 2012
55
51st
You should watch the Director's Cut.
Rated 19 Aug 2009
90
82nd
Ron Perlman inhabits Hellboy in this special-effects movie. Good story, great characters.
Rated 10 Sep 2019
82
30th
With striking visuals and smile-inducing performances from Ron Perlman, Hellboy is an enjoyable film that never outstays its welcome. However, it is still mostly concerned about dialog and character interaction, and all of that is well-executed but not original. Furthermore, the lead character is a forgettable everyman who just bogs proceedings down. Altogether, a fun film that's a treat to see in motion, even if beat-to-beat flow could be much stronger.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
10
0th
Hated it, too corny, lame and brainless.

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