The son (Ron Perlman) of the devil helps a top-secret organization investigate and destroy paranormal creatures.
" If you don't normally go to films where the lead characters look like giant Pez dispensers, the slogging fights of Hellboy may seem like purgatory. But there's enough going on in between the big action sequences to save the movie from mediocrity. "
" Del Toro, in love with his source but never overawed by it, keeps things moving; Perlman ties it together with some of the driest witticisms this side of Indiana Jones. Like we said: fun. "
" For all the monstrous eviscerations, there's no real heart here. "
" The best comic book flick since Spider-Man and a bonafide blast of a film. "
" When the movie's story line concentrates on the character of Hellboy and his relationships with those important to him, the film becomes a unique romp, with an exciting yet vulnerable superhero at the center who just happens to be the spawn of Satan. "
" Despite its shallow feel, Hellboy still succeeds as a piece of relentless pop entertainment. "
" To his credit, del Toro does not flinch from the ridiculous. But he is equally sensitive to Hellboy's pulp poetry. "
" Guillermo del Toro's above-average if not-quite-spectacular adaptation of Hellboy sticks to this expectation-flipping recipe and retains the comic's cheeky, po-mo spirit. "
" Del Toro moves his story along with unrelenting energy and wit while introducing the opposing parties with admirable efficiency. "
" Comic book fans are sure to be delighted by Hellboy, Guillermo del Toro's surprisingly smart, graphically faithful live-action adaptation of the Mike Mignola series. "
" Hellboy can be a kick -- even if you're not a devotee of the comics. "
" Unfortunately, after setting up this fresh blue-collar scenario in the movie's first hour, Del Toro wallows in pyrotechnics. "
" Surprisingly enjoyable. "
" Far be it from me to endorse yet another franchise, but thanks to del Toro and a smart script, Hellboy is so entertaining that you long to see what further heck this gang can raise. "
" While the character of Hellboy is entertaining, the film in which he appears is largely an exploitative jumble. "
" Easily the most adept comic book adaptation since Ghost World. "
" Played by Ron Perlman, he's the most magnetic action hero I've come across in a long while, though I couldn't make heads or tails of this story. "
" [del Toro] doesn't quite knock it out of the park like X2 or Spider-Man, but that's not because of a weak swing. "
" I don't know if Hellboy has had a Beauty and the Beast relationship in his comic-book life, but if he did, the filmmakers did right by him in casting Ron Perlman. "
" This is the kind of movie you watch for its aura, for its appealing characters, for its marvelously sustained seriocomic romantic mood. "
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