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Hulk

2003
Drama
Sci-fi
2h 18m
Acclaimed Oscar-winning filmmaker Ang Lee turns his masterful eye to adapting the classic Marvel Comics character for the big screen. (Universal Pictures)
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Hulk

2003
Drama
Sci-fi
2h 18m
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Rated 22 Aug 2016
75
30th
I respect what Ang Lee was going for here, but it didn't come together the way it should have. Some of the action scenes are OK (especially in the desert), and the cast does what they can, but the comic book panels are annoying and gimmicky, the script is muddled, and... Hulk dogs?
Rated 04 Nov 2012
47
17th
Warning! This review is only for people that have seen the movie. Unless you've watched Ang Lee's effort or been witness to Bana's and Connelly's screen presence, you won't be able to relate to what it is this review is trying to say. Please come back if you do watch it. For those of you that have seen it, here's the review: This movie is terrible.
Rated 21 Nov 2021
88
79th
Ang is great at showing heroes facing private turmoil with a stoic public face. He does that here as an adult child confronts his upbringing's demons. It hits the fanboy notes with an amazing title sequence, hypnotic music score, comic panel split screens, and perhaps the best Bruce Banner performance. And it’s fun--especially the city chase & The Right Stuff airplane fall. It only missteps via an Every Female Scientist In An Action Movie character. The most underrated comic book flick ever.
Rated 11 Aug 2018
5
43rd
Maybe I let this get away with too much, Hulk really isn't that bad to me. The affects aren't anything to write home about, the story can be very slow, and the movie is quite long, but it's fine to me. Eric Bana is solid, and I do think some of the scientific stuff is interesting, and when Hulk does appear he is actually fun to watch. Nothing here overly stands out by any means, the film hasn't aged well, but by all means I think this is a average movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
49
8th
Way boring. The comic book stylizations that Ang Lee inserts were cool... the first one or two dozen times. After that it was just gimmicky. Hulk looked pretty fake, too.
Rated 22 Mar 2007
6
4th
A little bit of a disaster really, this take on Hulk rips the heart out of the character of the Marvel comics. There is no fun in an invincible superhero and this proves that to be true. All flash and no substance.
Rated 07 Mar 2009
20
3rd
This movie clearly has pretensions to "probe deeply" into the character of the eponymous hero. From the moment the "hulk" first appears, however, the film descends to a point which is beyond silly. In the end, it is nearly unwatchably tedious.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
45
28th
It was tough making it all the way through this one. Definatley something I didn't expect when seeing a comic book movie. Also the Hulk looked really bad.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
4
44th
HULK SMASH SCREENWRITING! HULK SMASH COHERENT NARRATIVE!
Rated 23 Jul 2011
50
21st
HULK MAD HULK SMASH HULK BORING
Rated 02 May 2012
20
8th
The scripting is awful, the direction is gimmicky, and the acting is overdone. Ang Lee attempts to create a deep, meaningful story, but it doesn't create any real character connections or risk delving into something truly dark or pay any heed to realism, and that's why it fails on multiple levels.
Rated 17 Apr 2009
0
1st
Oh, how I hated this film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
84th
A powerful an greatly realized drama that was incorrectly marketed as an actioner; one of Ang Lee's best, and one of the best of the recent comic book movie craze.
Rated 04 Feb 2009
25
28th
I hate mixing CGI with live action, it almost always looks bad. The story wasn't too bad but it lost me completly at the end. The best part of this movie was when a Jehova's Witness showed up at my door and my brother cranked the volume on the explosion scenes so much the Jehova's Witness and I couldn't hear each other.
Rated 19 Jul 2013
0
0th
Horribly directed, horribly edited, horribly acted. The style of the film completely ruins any enjoyment one may have had, with split-screens every five seconds and idiotic transitions interspersed randomly for no good reason. The effects are awful, the whole thing is extremely tedious and overall this is probably the most boring superhero film ever made.
Rated 07 Jul 2012
27
28th
A ridiculously bad made film, with crappy editing, predictable plot and oh God the ending... And what's the deal with his shorts? Sometimes they stay off after the change back, and sometimes conveniently stay on. Shorts, please make up your goddamn mind what you do with yourself.
Rated 16 Nov 2008
0
4th
Accomplishes something that almost no superhero movies have ever done: boring the audience to death. Spiderman 3 sucked but at least it wasn't a total snooze. The acting, action, and script are just awful. Avoid this trash.
Rated 09 May 2007
40
16th
All I remember about this trainwreck is Hulk punching that mutated dog right in it's doggyballs.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
56th
A movie that gets a lot of unjust hate, The Hulk is an artful superhero film.
Rated 15 Nov 2011
81
92nd
Never expected this to be a character piece. And it's a really good one, too. Love the action and the cgi.
Rated 30 Apr 2009
15
2nd
How can someone who made Crouching Tiger make a movie this utterly bad?
Rated 12 Feb 2009
83
66th
Misunderstood. Underrated.
Rated 02 Jul 2009
80
70th
Only the last hour is particularly action-packed, but it is intelligent and well thought out. The characterization was surprisingly effective, thus adding to the effect of the action near the end of the movie.
Rated 03 Dec 2008
57
33rd
I don't think this film was as bad as most people say, but it was pretty darn close. A confusing plot, plus unconvincing CG and almost no action. Not even a recognizeable villain for Hulk to battle.
Rated 17 May 2013
63
19th
This is kind of a bad movie. But it's a noble failure, at least. Better than Iron Man 2.
Rated 14 Oct 2008
91
70th
sweet
Rated 02 Jan 2012
40
31st
I didn't have a good time with Hulk. It's not a complete waste, as it does venture into territory that some superhero films completely neglect -- in this case, the psyche of its hero -- but it's often boring and runs out of ideas way before it is ready to finish. We almost get more of the Hulk jumping around in the desert than we do of him smashing things, and I guess if that's fun for you to watch, then you'll have a field day. I found it beautiful, but only for the first time.
Rated 22 Jun 2019
72
29th
When Hulk starts leaping & fighting the army it's beautiful to look at but there's no suspense bc there are no civilian lives at stake & no doubt Hulk will smash tanks. Worse, there's no great love for him to return to since Betty broke up w/ him. So we're left w/ a Freudian drama about a passive protagonist's childhood trauma & the dangers of repression which equals a lot of unengaging metaphors. There are also times Lee gets too cartoony. Talbot's villainy is over the top & a Hulk poodle? WTF?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
55th
Saw it twice in the theaters and thought that it was a worthy adaptation of comic. Don't really understand why so many hated it.
Rated 25 Jul 2010
100
89th
my favorite HULK MOVIE!
Rated 19 Oct 2019
24
2nd
An utter misfire; mystifying given the considerable talent on both sides of the camera - Lee tries to bring some high-end prestige to this comic book adaptation but pretentious, irritating gimmicks grow old fast (I imagine the controversial split-screens are designed to emulate comic book panels). Badly performed by all and sundry; Elliott and Nolte seem to be competing for who can be the shoutiest, but at least they are present, compared to Bana and Connelly's complete disengagement.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
8th
"You're making me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry." Oh yes, we would, Bruce! It's about the only time we do like you, as without the few scenes where we get to see "Hulk smash," this would have been the most bloated, boring movie ever to have been graced with $120 million dollar budget.
Rated 25 May 2012
57
18th
Not one of the good comic book films.
Rated 12 Jan 2017
9
88th
Just love the hulk character.
Rated 20 Dec 2013
62
34th
While Ang Lee's ambitious film earns marks for style and an attempt at dramatic depth, there's ultimately too much talking and not enough smashing.
Rated 04 Oct 2012
42
4th
Horrid action, totally boring, and completely fails at capturing the comic-book style it aims for. Yawn!
Rated 23 Sep 2009
72
12th
I wanted to like this film since I read Hulk comics as a child but it's a messy failure. The action scenes are not memorable since the film does not have a clear enemy Hulk could fight against. Ang Lee tries to build a story about the suffering of the main character and his problems but the audience would like to see more of Hulk destroying and fighting against something more than mutated dogs. I think Ang Lee missed the point of the superhero/thing film altogether.
Rated 09 Mar 2010
80
36th
I think this film got a bad rap. It failed a lot, but it succeeded at times.
Rated 17 Jan 2007
20
3rd
This is exactly what comic book movies need to not be. The visual effects were satisfying, but the movie doesn't make any sense. The plot isn't only bad; it's annoying. "Hulk smash!" basically sums up the film, until the completely strange ending. I wish someone had smashed Ang Lee before he got away with making this big green {expletive deleted} of a movie. Total crap!
Rated 25 Sep 2010
56
20th
Not as terrible as I thought it would be, but not good. The effects were not all that great, the story a bit boring, and the ending so shockingly stupid it hurts.
Rated 29 Sep 2008
50
55th
Better than you think, one of the more intelligent blockbusters.
Rated 10 Sep 2015
95
63rd
The story opens with Bruce Banner's father, Dr. David Banner, performing experiments to enhance cellular regeneration in 1966. Working at the appropriately named "Desert Base," Banner is reporting to a Major Ross, who orders the experiments to end with animal trials. In true Dr. McCoy fashion, Banner is so convinced of his work that he tries it on himself. When Banner's wife announces she's pregnant, panic begins to set it. Has this self-inflicted genetic mutation passed to his child?
Rated 08 Mar 2009
16
0th
A complete lesson on how-to-not-make-a-movie-based-on-comics and reaches the gates of impossibility making everyone sleepy with a character like Hulk... Yeah Ang Lee, you already were a little better...
Rated 18 Jul 2010
0
0th
One of the worst movies i had ever seen.... it was so bad that it made me cringe and feel guilty for watching it. The special effects were fucking terrible and cheesy and the plot was ridiculously dry. Are you serious? He hulks out and destroys the town.... end of movie.... holy Jesus what were they thinking? how did this make it past the approval board.
Rated 14 Jun 2008
58
29th
Bana could be better and some of the plot and dialogue is totally off, but the action saves a lot.
Rated 10 Apr 2017
55
18th
I thought it would be interesting to finally view this in a world where we are so entrenched in the MCU. I kinda wish they would do this film now with different people because there's a great movie buried underneath the silliness (hulk dogs) and gimmicky comic book panelling. The attempt at making a more psychological comic book movie is ambitious and could be good, but it's really dull here. It just plods along. Action is mostly lame, but occasionally decent. More interesting as an experiment.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
83rd
If you're going into this expecting The Hulk running around smashing shit for two hours, you are going to be severely disappointed. Not that there's no smashing, but the film focuses more on a study of his psychological state, and how it translates into is being the Hulk.
Rated 28 Apr 2009
40
14th
Hulk bores!
Rated 15 Feb 2009
65
57th
Above-average comic book movie.
Rated 18 Dec 2008
4
4th
This was a horrible movie. And my roommate got a parking ticket when we went to see it. Horrible all around!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
1
11th
walked out of the theatre of a free movie, nuff said
Rated 19 Aug 2007
93
93rd
A lot of people hated this - it wasn't supposed to be another xmen movie - one has to consider it in the context of Ang Lee's other films. It's a lot like "Crouching Tiger..." - remember that if the moves seem a little too ballet-ish. It has really artful moments of calm, and the action set pieces are really visceral - people don't notice how really good the pacing of the action scenes are, the cuts of the camera, because they dislike the rest of the film, and how silly it is - granted, th
Rated 15 Sep 2019
30
7th
i had heard that this movie was 'misunderstood' and Lee actually tried something different, and people didn't buy it. nope. i think it's understood quite well. lee didn't try anything, he just cashed the check and left the production to the studio, who relied on the most stupid script and the not quite ready cgi to sail this thing through. the editing and the pacing is also terrible, which permeates into acting as well. cgi hulk is more emotive than eric bana.
Rated 20 Jan 2008
50
20th
Ang Lee doesn't quite butcher this, but he makes one odd-duck film that fans of the Hulk surely wouldn't approve of. The split-screens and plot structure are all over the place, and very stressful.
Rated 19 Aug 2009
10
5th
Dear god why and how did this get a green light?
Rated 24 Jan 2010
85
63rd
Overlong, but still a favorite. Very inspired stunt casting of Nick Nolte and has the best action sequence (the desert sequence) in of any superhero movie.
Rated 31 Dec 2012
45
13th
This movie made a valiant effort to explore the Hulk's character a little beyond just smashing everything... But with poor results. Even when I first saw this as a child, I found it to be just boring.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
14
2nd
This was a concept that screamed for nonstop action and destruction. Instead, we got a film about human emotion - and a very poor one at that. The 15 minutes of action is great, the other 2 hours is horrible. Lighting is awful.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
91
83rd
the bomb, ending could have been better
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
60th
This is really an underrated superhero character study. It's just as silly as Batman Begins, people!
Rated 18 Jul 2010
25
43rd
Overly serious attempt to turn a comic-book creation into a symbol of Oedipal suffering; Lee's ambition is not helped by the obviously computer-generated Hulk, apart from one joyous moment when he angrily bounces off into the distance.
Rated 04 Nov 2021
75
27th
Solid enough until that messy final act.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
95th
Severly underrated character study and drama in the Marvel hybridization of Frankenstein's monster and Mr. Hyde. It allows plot to come before action, likely leading many viewers to wonder why they bothered watching it. But for the patient and intelligent viewer, the best superhero movie released to date.
Rated 15 Nov 2009
65
59th
Complicated: It's one of those movies that everyone should see, but noone will ever really enjoy.
Rated 20 Jan 2007
62
41st
While the "comic-book-like" cinematography was used well in certain places most of the time it felt like far more of a gimmick rather than properly planned. It's still a good film and above the average action movie but honestly not by a whole lot.
Rated 12 Dec 2008
10
12th
Haha.. what a mess!
Rated 10 Feb 2010
45
27th
Ang Lee only failure to date.
Rated 04 Aug 2007
52
5th
Surely this concept is foolproof? A metric tonne of rampaging green muscle is unleashed by science. Destruction results. But no, this was truly dull and appalling. In the dictionary under the word "interminable".
Rated 14 Aug 2007
30
3rd
Don't worry Ang, Brokeback Mountain is right around the corner.
Rated 27 Nov 2011
65
45th
I don't hate it like everyone else seems to, in fact I kind of like it. I appreciate the fact that it tried to tell an actual story even if it didn't always work.I think it looks good most of the time. I liked Bana and Connelly in the main roles and Elliot as the antagonist. Maybe I'm giving it more than it's due, but I still think the movie is decent.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
26th
i must be missing the great commentary on children and their relationships to their parents. i just thought the film was "meh" aside from how much i love Jennifer Connelly and especially love Eric Bana.
Rated 30 Jul 2009
50
21st
I liked when the movie was over
Rated 04 May 2021
1
1st
I think this one was harder to get through than Captain America '90. Ang Lee had a vision and stuck with it, but it really doesn't work and has only become worse with age. The only positive I can say is that Sam Elliott was perfectly cast.
Rated 02 Sep 2008
72
57th
With Hulk, Ang Lee took the comic book and tried to make pop art, with mixed results ending on the higher end of the good/crap spectrum. I don't care what people say, this is actually a pretty smart film (would you call Norton's Hulk more than popcorn fodder?), well worth watching multiple times although, admittedly, it does have more 'Hulk brood' than 'Hulk smash'. The ending is obtuse, but at least the film does not insult its audience.
Rated 17 Apr 2020
12
0th
Before Wolverine Origins, there was Hulk. While Eric Bana wasn't a bad choice for Bruce Banner in theory, his acting was not only terrible in this movie, but the plot was egregiously ridiculous and poorly thrown together. It's shocking this movie was even made.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
40
29th
In the words of Stewart Lee..."Don't make me Ang Lee, you wouldn't like me when I'm Ang Lee!" A noble, but poorly executed attempt to add substance to the genre that unfortunately falls flat. Pretty bad, but not hate worthy.
Rated 22 Dec 2008
0
0th
garbage day
Rated 17 Sep 2009
20
3rd
Holy crap this was boring.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
32nd
Not a bad movie, just didn't live up to the hype. Word of mouth killed it soon after. I personally enjoyed it. Ang Lee really did drag it out though. I liked the comic book style that came through in it, and the special effects kicked ass.
Rated 28 Jul 2009
36
10th
Ang Lee, what in the hell did you do to this thing?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
0
4th
Morbidly bad, but it IS actually worth watching for the incredible amount of laughs you'll get from the incredibly, incredibly bad (I'm understating it) comic-panel-look they try to go for for one of the very, very long scenes. First time I watched it I forced myself through it in agony. Second time I did it vaulintarily, and I was seriously laughing the entire time. It's hilariously bad.
Rated 23 Aug 2009
25
13th
Bad script, bad SFX, and the wrong director for this project. Good cast, though. The first half hour of the movie was made redundant by the fact that the rest of it was about Banner finding out about it. And was anyone able to actually make out, visually, what happened during the showdown?
Rated 13 Dec 2011
71
31st
This movie is not perfect and it certainly is different than the usual superhero movie. The film uses a lot of computer graphics for the Hulk and it has an interesting cast. Overall I recommend this movie
Rated 14 Aug 2007
30
7th
One of Marvel's screw ups.
Rated 23 Jul 2008
25
16th
Ang Lee was not the right guy for the job. The acting is mediocre and Hulk looks horrible. The first half is all talk and no action. But while we do get action in the second half, it's horrible. The effects are somewhat cartoony too, so of them could even be put in a video game. Marvel fans, skip out on this snoozefest.
Rated 03 Aug 2017
66
59th
I like it. Bana and Connelly are great. Don't know what happened to Lee, he made too many questionable choices.
Rated 04 Sep 2011
40
13th
So melodramatic.
Rated 16 Mar 2011
60
40th
Although i like bana and the comic-like transitions, it's still not a good movie by a long shot. Except for when connelly is on screen...damn, that is one beautiful woman. She can soothe me any day, i don't care if i'm green, blue or ultraviolet.
Rated 28 May 2010
15
11th
Call me crazy, but when I watch a film adaptation of a Marvel Comics character that turns huge, green and near invincible when angry I expect things to happen. In this film, very little does. It plods on, and on, and on, and leaves you constantly hanging. It eventually delivers some excitement, but it's badly filmed and dull anyway. I see what Ang Lee was trying to achieve, and perhaps with the right cast and a larger budget it would have worked, but as it stands this is a complete failure.
Rated 09 Nov 2007
70
41st
Eric Bana saves the day in a movie that didn't meet my expectations at least. Too little carnage and too much drama.
Rated 27 Jun 2008
52
54th
okay movie
Rated 11 Apr 2009
0
0th
So horrific I vow never to let any of my friends lay eyes on this.
Rated 21 Jul 2007
12
9th
I rarely walk out of a movie no matter how bad it is, but about an hour and 10 minutes into this dull, dragging film, a friend and I walked out and stole about $15 worth of cotton candy---hardly a fair compensation considering the grave emotional disturbance wrought by this film.
Rated 28 Apr 2011
50
16th
Despite some valiant efforts and clear sense of ambition, Ang Lee's Hulk ultimately fails to soar, falling prey to a slow, ponderous pace, some very stupid actions scenes (Hulk dogs? Really?), and characters that lack much personality or definition.
Rated 24 May 2012
75
84th
I like this Hulk movie :(
Rated 15 Dec 2008
70
43rd
Pretty less-than-memorable. Not as offensively bad as most claim.
Rated 20 Aug 2011
40
4th
Ang Lee tries to make the movie look like a comic book with bright colors and visually abrasive editing... and it just looks terrible. Add bad writing and a nearly incoherent plot about daddy issues, and you're left with this piece of garbage.
Rated 18 Dec 2008
58
29th
It's not a bad movie, per say, it's just really boring. I'm not sure how you can turn a movie about a beast who crushes things and battles tanks boring, but they did it.
Rated 10 Feb 2008
68
18th
Quasi-commendable for trying to do something different. But "The Hulk" is not the character to approach cerebrally, in my opinion. Toss in a lame villain and the anti-charisma of Eric Bana and you're left with a big pile of something slightly less than mediocre.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
49th
Highly underrated flick. Ang Lee brings this comic book to life with all the style and flair of a comic book. Not the best comic book adaptation, but very good.

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