Parents' Guide to

The Incredible Hulk

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Bloodier action than other comic book adventures.

Movie PG-13 2008 114 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 13+

Decent movie

Decent movie with great graphics. The plot is a little confusing at times and I don’t think younger kids would be able to easily follow along. I think the scene at 1:02:00 is very unnecessary. Why put a physically explicit scene in a superhero movie?? The violence was probably the most graphic out of all of the Marvel movies, so be aware. There are also many swear words. I think 13+ or a mature 12 year old is ok. I recommend just skipping over the explicit scene entirely.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 12+

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21):
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The Incredible Hulk has plenty of super heroic action, as well as a great sense of humor about its origins and roots. Ang Lee famously said that his arty, brooding 2003 take on the classic Marvel Comics character was an attempt "to make a delicacy out of American fast food." Apparently, the higher-ups at Marvel -- who self-financed this newer version -- figured they could make more money with a simple meat-and-potatoes action film, which is what director Louis Leterrier gives us. There's even romance between Banner and his long-lost love, Betty (Liv Tyler), a scientist who happens to be the daughter of his nemesis, General Ross. Add in Roth's bad guy, a military man so obsessed with stopping the Hulk that he turns himself into something worse, and you have all the standard-issue elements of the modern comic book action film.

And that's all you have. While there are plenty of operatic fight sequences and extraordinary special effects -- and Norton is effective as a super heroic variation on The Fugitive -- The Incredible Hulk never really takes any chances or truly delivers anything other than loud fistfights and visions of mass destruction. It doesn't have either the style and panache that made Iron Man stand out, or the vision and visual style that Christopher Nolan brought to Batman Begins. The Incredible Hulk is a fairly good summertime action film designed more to make money than a statement, and it's certainly competent and confident in the execution of those modest aims. There's plenty of room left for a sequel if it's a hit, but it's hard to say whether there's room for a so-so superhero at a box office increasingly crowded with comic-book heroes.

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