The screenplay has flashes of real wit, and Perlman is perfect in the title role.
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Hellboy likely won't be the best comic-to-screen adaptation this year, but, squared off against its early-season challenger, Marvel's "The Punisher," this is the winner.
Has more than enough across-the-board appeal to attract mainstream auds unfamiliar with source material.
One of the sturdier superhero movies of the last couple of years, with monsters and effects and diabolical baddies to spare, a heart as big as a house and a love story that actually gets its hooks in you.
Standard-issue superhero movie -- except that writer-director Guillermo del Toro, taking his cue from "Hellboy" comic book creator Mike Mignola, brings a wicked sense of humor to this particular monster mash.
Will dazzle you while establishing the world in which it takes place. After that, you may wonder whether Guillermo del Toro got amnesia halfway through.
Hellboy's adventures may take him to you-know-where and back, but the movie remains in limbo.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro with a colorfully kinetic visual imagination that seldom lets up.
Hellboy is as much a wreck as "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" or "The Punisher," coming and going in two weeks, and as much a bore as "The Hulk."
The film - despite being a half-hour too long - is a rocking, rolling supernatural spectacle.