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Hellboy Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    72

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Hellboy's cheeky attitude and snarky dialogue, specifically Perlman's snidely funny lines, are the highlights.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Standard-issue superhero movie -- except that writer-director Guillermo del Toro, taking his cue from "Hellboy" comic book creator Mike Mignola, brings a wicked sense of humor to this particular monster mash.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Directed by Guillermo del Toro with a colorfully kinetic visual imagination that seldom lets up.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A perfect fit in the category of instant classic, and, not incidentally, fits the profile of super-profitability. Bursting the bonds of its genre, Hellboy fills the screen with gorgeous imagery, vertiginous action and a surprising depth of feeling.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 12 & under

Somewhat entertaining, but too scary for many.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie contains frightening images, a dark and at times macabre tone, and the sad death of a central character. There is a great deal of violence in the fight scenes, which are at times bloody, and characters must wrestle with the deadly consequences of their actions. A scary character is addicted to self-surgery, while one of the creatures summoned by the Nazis is a Hell-hound that will frighten younger audiences. Several characters (including one major character) die violent deaths. The inability of one of the characters to control her powers causes the off-screen death of innocents, which might frighten even the most mature of audiences.

  • Families can talk about the father-son bond between Dr. Broom and Hellboy, why they fight and how this relationship impacts both of their characters. The movie touches on an issue that runs throughout the comic book series, that of Hellboy's commitment to defense of humans despite his demon form. What does being human mean for Hellboy? Where does he have the power of choice?

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: A lot of comic book-style action violence, characters killed. Some frightening images, a dark and at times macabre tone.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Kissing.

  • language false0

    Language: Brief language.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Part of a popular comic book franchise. Baby Ruth candy bars mentioned.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Cigar smoking.

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