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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some talk of how it's ok to be different.
Positive Role Models
Characters too one-dimensional to be seen as positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent cartoon violence. Characters do battle with assorted demonic monsters. One of the "good guys," a zombie, continually loses or tears off one of his limbs. Demonic imagery throughout.
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Verbal bullying between tweens as they try to force a boy to ring the doorbell of a house that looks haunted.
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Products & Purchases
Characters in the movie are sold as various toys, action figures, school supplies, clothing, etc.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Marvel's Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell is a 2016 animated feature in which The Incredible Hulk and Dr. Strange team up with some scary-looking good guys to do battle with scary-looking bad guys determined to unleash a nightmarish dream reality on Earth. The cartoon violence and demonic imagery is constant and unrelenting -- often this movie feels like nothing more than one violent and/or demonic image after the other. There's some verbal bullying -- a group of tweens peer pressure a tween boy into ringing the doorbell of a haunted-looking house on Halloween. While fans of these characters and fans of superhero cartoons might enjoy this, kids and parents who aren't already fans of these superheroes will be turned off by the nightmarish imagery, the needlessly confusing storyline, and cheesy dialogue. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There are times when this movie feels like little more than a seemingly endless series of violent and/or demonic images. There's a story in this mess somewhere, but there are so many side stories that it's hard for anyone but the most die-hard fans to keep everything straight. Furthermore, the hilariously awful dialogue, especially from Dr. Strange, is so parodic, it sounds like something Will Farrell would exclaim in Elf ("Great Odin's beard!").
Even the overarching message in Marvel's Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell -- that it's ok to be different -- has been done so many times in the X-Men franchise alone, and done so much better. The only remotely interesting side story concerns the Hulk's battle with his alter-ego Bruce Banner. But one side story out of four or five, in addition to the main story, hardly sustains interest over the course of a 75-minute feature. The end result is a jumbled mess of tangled storylines and demonic imagery.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.