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The Incredible Hulk Review

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

  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Once again, though, the film is defined by the strengths and weaknesses of the source material. While Bruce is working on anger management, you may find yourself working on boredom management, and matching his rate of success.

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  • 63

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    This Hulk is more viscerally angry and packs a bigger wallop than Ang Lee's talkier, more introspective version. But it's hardly the best superhero movie around. "Iron Man" was wittier and more fun.

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  • 67

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The Incredible Hulk is just a luridly reductive and violent B movie -- one that clears a bar that hadn't been set very high.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Until the last 20 minutes, which stumble around in an attempt to set up a sequel, The Incredible Hulk keeps slamming everything forward, satisfyingly.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    "Iron Man" has more wit and style, but Hulk is a neat thrill ride with an intelligent script by Zak Penn and smart, well-paced direction by the French director of "The Transporter" series, Louis Leterrier.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 13 & under

Bloodier action than other comic book adventures.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this big-budget comic-book adaptation features extensive, graphic super-heroic violence. There's a strong sci-fi/fantasy element, but unlike the gleaming technological feel of Iron Man, this movie has a much messier, more biological style. Expect plenty of injections and experiments, lots of spilled blood, and more general ickiness than in other superhero movies. The Hulk and his nemesis also look quite monstrous, which might scare the pants off young kids. And there's some language (including "a--hole" and "bitch") and a semi-clothed kissing scene.

  • Families can talk about anger. Do your kids feel they have the equivalent of a green monster inside sometimes? Do they think that superheroes express human problems made really big?
  • Talk about Bruce Banner's struggle for control. What does he give up in order to be responsible? Can you think of any similar situations people might face in real life?
  • Another good discussion is about the popularity of comic book films. Why do your kids think there are so many of them? What's the appeal? How is this movie different from the previous 2003 version? And how is it different from movies like Iron Man and Batman Begins?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The military is pursuing Banner/The Hulk in the hopes of recreating his freakish ability as a military weapon; Banner constantly struggles to control his temper for fear of transforming into his brutish, superhuman alter-ego.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Extensive super-heroic violence, with super-strong characters striking mighty blows, hurling people and objects about, destroying vehicles, and more. Extensive (albeit mostly pointless) firearms use against the Hulk and his nemesis; explosions, rockets, gas grenades, sonic cannons, and more are also deployed. Wounded bystanders and civilians are seen; the climactic battle features extreme graphic super heroic violence -- for example, the Hulk ripping off one of his opponent's mutated bone-spurs and using it as a dagger. Some martial arts and grappling. Characters fall from great heights; blood is often seen on-screen, as well as painful-looking experimental science-fiction medical procedures.

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    Sex: Some kissing in semi-clothed circumstances; some references to how "excited" the lead character can get without risking turning into his monstrous alter ego.

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    Language: Language includes "crap," "pissed," "a--hole," "bitch," "hell," "goddamn," "damn," and a choked-off "s--t."

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    Consumerism: Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise. Several brands appear on-screen, including Norton computer utilities, Polar heart rate monitors, and SanDisk USB drives.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some cigar smoking.