2006-03-30 12:40


This gleefully eccentric film follows the supernatural adventures of Hellboy (Ron Perlman), a cigar-chomping, horn-filing demonic hero enlisted by an occult scholar (John Hurt) to fight evil in the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense.

Along with the fire-throwing Liz Sherman (Selma Blair) and the amphibious psychic Abe Sapien (Doug Jones, with the voice of David Hyde Pierce), Hellboy is joined by new recruit John Myers (Rupert Evans), a squeaky-clean FBI agent assigned to keep the big red devil's exploits in check.

Things get out of hand, however, when a vicious monster is unleashed by the villainous Rasputin (Karl Roden), leading to events that may set off an apocalyptic nightmare for humanity.

What the other critics are saying:

"The frustrating thing about Hellboy is that despite the superb production design, slick visuals and indulgent 132-minute running time, it only scratches the surface."
- Nev Pierce, BBCi Film

"Guillermo del Toro lets loose with a vaudevillian rambunctiousness that makes his adaptation of the Hellboy comic book series daffy, loose and lovable."
- Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times

"This is the kind of movie you watch for its aura, for its appealing characters, for its marvellously sustained seriocomic romantic mood."
- Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com

Guillermo Del Toro (of "Blade II" fame) continues his love affair with comic book heroes in this sumptuously costumed adaptation of Mike Mignola's cult graphic novellas. Brooding gothic ambience mixed with lashings of wry humour make for stimulating viewing, but lack of substance ultimately lets the project down.

elton 2004/10/18 4:29 PM
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Z 2004/10/25 2:30 PM
hellof a movie ok HELL boy is great 10 + yes
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