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Hellboy (2004)

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Entertaining but scary superhero tale is violent.

Movie PG-13 2004 121 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 13+

Great Movie For Teenagers

I was skeptical when I first learned about Hellboy, because I didn't really know what it was about and I'd never read the comics before. However, one day while I was home alone, I decided to watch it. I must say - it was amazing!! It had plot, action, a team of paranormal investigators (of sorts), romance, and a very unique hero. I was thirteen when I watched Hellboy, and fourteen (I think) when I watched it again, this time with my parents and brothers (ages 9 and 7). Watching it with them was fun!! Please note that the Hellboy my family and I saw was also the Director's cut, so it probably included stuff that wasn't in the original (since I've only seen the director's cut, I can't say what was different). Also, it doesn't say this in the initial review, but I thought John Myers was a pretty good role model. He was diligent, he was kind, and he was loyal. In my opinion he was an excellent example of a good friend.
age 10+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (35 ):

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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