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Mike Mignola's acclaimed comic book series about a creature from Hades who joins the battle against evil arrives on the screen in vivid form in this adaptation directed by distinctive horror filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. During World War II, the Third Reich has joined forces with the evil Grigori Rasputin (Karel Roden), who has used his occult powers to summon up a young demon from the depth of Hell to be used as the ultimate Axis weapon. However, the demonic creature is captured by American forces, and put in the care of Professor Broom (John Hurt), the founder of a top-secret… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"It would be quite impossible to claim is that the filmmaker's love of his subject isn't apparent throughout every lovingly-crafted frame."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Somewhat entertaining, but too scary for many."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"High concept fantasy through the eyes of creative genius of Guillermo del Toro"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"To his credit, del Toro does not flinch from the ridiculous. But he is equally sensitive to Hellboy's pulp poetry."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Probably one of the coolest comic book movies to come around in years..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Inventive but derivative, well performed yet slightly hokey, visually lush yet over-stylised."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
"Hellboy both kicks butt and falls in love, in an adventure that is thrilling, funny and touching."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Unfortunately, after setting up this fresh blue-collar scenario in the movie's first hour, Del Toro wallows in pyrotechnics."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"This is the kind of movie you watch for its aura, for its appealing characters, for its marvelously sustained seriocomic romantic mood."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"The screenplay has flashes of real wit, and Perlman is perfect in the title role."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Anyone can send an immense, computer-generated vegetable monster rampaging at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, but it takes a special kind of imagination to do it in a way that's thrilling, emotionally complex, and rapturously beautiful all at once."
‑ Nathan Lee, NPR.org
"A strong anti-superhero movie that turns the genre sideways."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
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