Hancock (2008)

A hard-drinking lush finds himself thrust into superhero mode in director Peter Berg's unconventional look at the private life of a crime-fighter. Will Smith stars as the embittered do-gooder whose lifestyle is more akin to a rock star… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 16, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it begins with promise, Hancock suffers from a flimsy narrative and poor execution.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The strain of messianism in Will Smith movies is becoming ever more pronounced.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

The dynamic between the sullen Smith and sincere Bateman may be the best thing in the Peter Berg's movie, but it's a tough call because the whole popcorn fest is flat-out fantastic.

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation

Hancock is funny and pretty fresh but finally gives up on idiosyncrasy, leaving you nothing much to discover.

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Tom Charity

Train wrecks are intrinsically spectacular, and Will Smith's new movie offers a doozy. Two of them, in fact.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

A peculiar and occasionally charming poke in the ribs of the superman myth.

Simon Miraudo

And if you're still not willing to forgive Hancock, and least there is the scene where he shoves a guy's head up another guy's butt.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It's definitely a mish-mash, but really good performances.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

As popcorn movies go, this is fleet, funny, and even thoughtful: its central question, nicely underplayed by director Peter Berg, is why power and altruism never seem to intersect.

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Ali Gray

Hancock is what happens when you have talented people working on quality material: it's really a no-brainer that it works so well.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
I had somewhat low expectations going in but Will Smith again proved to me he can carry a movie with his acting and charm. He has come a long way from Fresh… More
Alex roy
Hancock is an interesting type of superhero film, a new type of superhero film. This film is better than what most critics have claimed it to be. Directed by… More
Daniel J DeMersseman
Directors Cat
I was suprised that Will Smith could execute bad guy to be honest. Although there is bad chemistry between Will and Charlize and the dull ridiculous plotline… More
Eugene Bernabe
A superhero movie that lacks its potential form of "super". Hancock is a predictable film that has the spark but doesn't have the fire. No doubt,… More
Unknown Hobo
Although this movie was a pleasure of the senses, there was little or no real sense to it. The beginning of the film started out hopefully, as a slap dash… More