Hollow Man

Movie review by
M. Faust, Common Sense Media
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Even for mature viewers, this is a flop.
  • R
  • 2002
  • 114 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

A graphic dirty joke.


Constant violence, including a half dozen gruesome murders, a rape, and two scenes in which animals are brutally killed. The gratuitous killings of two lab animals are particularly upsetting.


The main character uses his invisibility to grope a sleeping co-worker's breast, spy on another in the bathroom, and rape a neighbor who has been undressing in front of his window. There are several sex scenes, and a dirty joke is told. We see both male and female nudity.


Heavy. Pretty much every word you wouldn't want kids to repeat is used several times.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Brief smoking and drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that even if they customarily take their teens to R-rated movies, they should think twice about letting kids see this one -- strong, pervasive scenes of violence, gruesome horror, and adult sexuality make this inappropriate for all but the most mature viewers.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysimpleseth July 20, 2013

"Hollow Man" was a hollow movie

An idea well executed has potential, which hangs on the outcome of the script. We're aware that Andrew W. Marlowe has written good work (i.e. "Air For... Continue reading
Adult Written bybarney ross May 25, 2012
Teen, 15 years old Written byMovie_Boss March 30, 2020

My Hollow Man review

I think that this movie was not the best. This movie had a lot of sexual scenes, and violence. Anyone that is not ready for a wild ride should not watch this mo... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byevolinag August 27, 2011

Science fiction slasher movie is so-so and violent.

Strong bloody violence, but it definately could have been stronger. No guts, but lots of blood. A woman gets raped by an invisible man, but it is implied and no... Continue reading

What's the story?

Scientist Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon) and his colleagues Linda (Elisabeth Shue) and Matt (Josh Brolin) are working for a top-secret military department, trying to develop an invisibility potion. Pressured by his superior, Caine tests the serum on himself even though he's not certain that it's in a final form. Caine begins suffering serious side effects that transform him into a killer.

Is it any good?

This disappointing thriller was directed by Paul Verhoeven, the Dutch-born filmmaker with a reputation for strong violence and sexuality. Like his previous films, this movie makes no concession to young viewers. The gruesome opening scene is enough to give kids nightmares for weeks. Immediately after, we see scientist Sebastian Caine peeping out his window at a naked woman. It almost seems that Verhoeven is making a point of warning parents right away that any kids in the audience should immediately be ushered out.

Even for mature viewers, though, Hollow Man is a flop. The notion of confronting the dark fantasies that might be unleashed if we could become invisible is intriguing, but it's never taken past cheap (and nasty) titillation here. Caine quickly becomes too lunatic for us to empathize with his plight. Most of the movie takes place in a cramped research facility, avoiding the intriguing possibilities of what an invisible person might do in the everyday world. The finale, in particular, is a letdown -- Sebastian systematically murders his colleagues to keep them from exposing him.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the film's themes compare to the current issues being raised about pharmaceutical drug companies.

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