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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Extreme gore, language in comic book movie reboot.

Movie R 2019 120 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 23 parent reviews

age 12+
age 15+

Frequently Gory, Frequently boring

Hellboy is a film about a half demon who hunts down monsters for the BPRD and a resurrected witch who wishes to wipe humanity off of the earth. The tone is similar to other comic book movies albeit with a more horrific pulpish edge. The filmmakers make full use of the R rating as the film is filled from start to finish with extreme bloody violence and gory images. The films content and plot are very unrealistic and fast paced so this reduces the overall impact of this content but the imagery is still graphic and could disturb or gross out audiences. The film also contains a fair amount of F words and other profanity. Overall I feel that the frequent over the top brutality makes the film unsuitable for younger teenagers but people aged over 15 can handle the films violence as although visceral it is highly unrealistic and fantastical. That is if they want to subject themselves to an unoriginal and bland comic book film.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (23 ):
Kids say (24 ):

This reboot, the third film based on Mike Mignola's terrific comics, is missing the magic of the first two; it's also extremely gory, but it has enough style and personality to make it worth a look. Directed by Neil Marshall, who made the excellent horror movie The Descent, this take on Hellboy feels a lot like a horror movie, too, with extremely liberal gore (most of it clearly computer-generated), several terrifying monsters, and plenty of senseless death. Of course, the original comics are also horror-based, but while their tone is somewhat wry and deadpan, Marshall's movie feels a little too busy.

Likewise, star Harbour (Stranger Things) has some big shoes to fill -- taking over from Ron Perlman, who played the big red demon in Hellboy (2004) and Hellboy II: The Golden Army -- and he doesn't quite make it. His performance is a bit too big, with lots of anguish and shock; the beloved character is usually portrayed, to wonderful deadpan comic effect, as mostly perturbed and grumpy. And while Jovovich makes a great Blood Queen, the character doesn't have much to do other than make threatening speeches. But McShane and Lane work well, and the characters themselves are already pretty likable. And Marshall manages a few fight scenes that are beautifully choreographed and thrilling. All in all, it's nice to have Hellboy back, even with diminished returns.

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