A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Graphic comic book-style action violence. Some frightening images, a dark and at times macabre tone. Characters stabbed to death, impaled. In a flashback scene, one of the lead characters is shown as a child getting bullied by other kids; she gets rocks thrown at her and she's knocked to the ground before she uses her superpower on them.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Infrequent profanity: "crap,'" "hell," "goddamn."
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Products & Purchases
Part of a popular comic book franchise. Baby Ruth candy bar prominently shown as a gift to Hellboy as a baby. Product placement: Bud Light, Red Bull, PowerBar.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lead character often smokes a cigar. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hellboy is a 2004 superhero movie in which the titular character must do battle against a demonic force that has reemerged. The movie contains frightening images, a dark and at times macabre tone, and the sad death of a central character. There's a great deal of violence in the fight scenes, which are at times bloody, and characters must wrestle with the deadly consequences of their actions. A scary character is addicted to self-surgery, while one of the creatures summoned by the Nazis is a hell-hound that will frighten younger audiences. Several characters (including one major character) die violent deaths. The inability of one of the characters to control her powers causes the off-screen death of innocents, which might frighten even the most mature of audiences. This same character is shown as a child being bullied; she is hit with rocks and taunted before she's knocked to the ground and uses her superpower to get revenge. One character is stabbed to death repeatedly. Another is impaled. Cigar smoking occurs throughout, and there's some product placement. Kissing is seen. Infrequent profanity includes "crap,'" "hell," and "goddamn." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Director Guillermo Del Toro captures some of the visual color, tone, and beauty of the comic book. But he sometimes makes you feel like you are reading it over someone else's shoulder, and that person takes too long to finish a page. Del Toro filled Blade 2 with whirling swords, back-flipping vampires, and frenetic action, at times rendering the fights an incomprehensible blur; he doesn't make that error again, but rather introduces a comparatively sleepy pace for Hellboy that seems to stretch its 132-minute length into a much longer movie, padded in parts by unnecessary and clichéd scenes and overkill in the squiggly-monsters-in-dripping-cavernous-cellars category.
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