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Hellboy (2004)



Critic Consensus: With wit, humor and Guillermo del Toro's fantastic visuals, the entertaining Hellboy transcends the derivative nature of the genre.

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Mike Mignola's acclaimed comic book series about a creature from Hades who joins the battle against evil arrives on the screen in vivid form in this adaptation directed by distinctive horror filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. During World War II, the Third Reich has joined forces with the evil Grigori Rasputin (Karel Roden), who has used his occult powers to summon up a young demon from the depth of Hell to be used as the ultimate Axis weapon. However, the demonic creature is captured by American forces, and put in the care of Professor Broom (John Hurt), the founder of a top-secret organization called the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. Under Broom's tutelage, the creature develops empathy and a desire to do good while his physical powers and paranormal talents are honed to a fine point. Sixty years later, the demon, now known as Hellboy (Ron Perlman), is part of an elite secret defense team alongside Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), a beautiful young woman who can create fire with her mind, and Abe Sapian (Doug Jones), an aquatic humanoid with the power of telepathy. Despite his many years of fighting for right, Hellboy finds himself facing his greatest challenge when the powerful Rasputin returns, determined to bring the demon back to the forces of darkness so that evil may finally rule the world. Hellboy's supporting cast also includes Jeffrey Tambor, Rupert Evans, and Brian Steele. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Ron Perlman
as Hellboy
John Hurt
as Prof. Trevor Bruttenholm
Selma Blair
as Liz Sherman
Rupert Evans
as John Myers
Karel Roden
as Grigori Rasputin
Jeffrey Tambor
as Dr. Tom Manning
Kevin Trainor
as Young Broom
Doug Jones
as Abe Sapien, Abraham Sapien
Brian Steele
as Sammael
Corey Johnson
as Agent Clay
Brian Caspe
as Agent Lime
James Babson
as Agent Moss
Stephen H. Fisher
as Agent Quarry
Garth Cooper
as Agent Stone
Angus MacInnes
as Sgt. Whitman
Jim Howick
as Corporal Matlin
Rory Copus
as kid on rooftop
Tara Hugo
as Doctor Jenkins
Richard Haas
as Second Doctor
Andrea Miltner
as Doctor Marsh
Jo Eastwood
as Down's Patient
Charles Grisham
as Museum Guard
Jan Holicek
as museum guard
Jeremy Zimmerman
as lobby guard
Pavel Cajzl
as Sherpa Guide
Andrea Stuart
as Girl with Kittens
William Hoyland
as Von Krupt
Millie Wilke
as Young Liz Sherman
Bob Sherman
as Television host
Ellen Savaria
as Blonde Television Reporter
Petr Sekanina
as German Scientist
Ales Kosnar
as German Scientist
Mille Wilkie
as Young Liz
Guy A. Young
as German Scientist
Justin Svoboda
as German Scientist
Albert May
as Train Driver
Winter Ave Zoli
as Girlfriend Winter
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Critic Reviews for Hellboy

All Critics (204) | Top Critics (50)

The film may not be thrill-a-minute entertainment like Superman, Spiderman or Batman. But this is precisely what makes it tick.

January 7, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

When the movie's story line concentrates on the character of Hellboy and his relationships with those important to him, the film becomes a unique romp, with an exciting yet vulnerable superhero at the center who just happens to be the spawn of Satan.

April 14, 2013 | Full Review…

Somewhat entertaining, but too scary for many.

December 24, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Played by Ron Perlman, he's the most magnetic action hero I've come across in a long while, though I couldn't make heads or tails of this story.

April 18, 2007 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, after setting up this fresh blue-collar scenario in the movie's first hour, Del Toro wallows in pyrotechnics.

April 18, 2007 | Full Review…

Del Toro, in love with his source but never overawed by it, keeps things moving; Perlman ties it together with some of the driest witticisms this side of Indiana Jones. Like we said: fun.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Hellboy

That's what a comic book adaption should be like: not taking itself too seriously, excellent choices of actors (Ron Perlman is the perfect Hellboy), awesome set and production design, great special effects and just a whole lot of fun. The pace is not quite as perfect as in part two, but the package works.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


"In the absence of light, darkness prevails. There are things that go bump in the night, Agent Myers. Make no mistake about that. And we are the ones who bump back." A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness.

Based on the works of Mike Mignola, "Hellboy," written and directed by Guillermo Del Toro, is a better-than-average comic book adaptation that boasts a refreshing sense of humor amid all the customary action sequences and first-rate special effects. The story begins in 1944, near the end of World War II, with the Nazis attempting to open a portal between earth and a hell-like dimension where seven evil deities have been lying in wait for just such an opportunity to come in and take over the world. One creature from the other side makes it through before the Nazis' scheme is thwarted, a young "boy" who is adopted by an American expert in the paranormal and groomed to become a superhero who can do battle with all the supernatural creatures who apparently exist in an abundance undreamed of by the vast majority of the human race. The makers of the film have wisely chosen to keep Hellboy life-sized and believable in both his physical and psychological dimensions. Despite his red skin, stone right hand and ability to leap from rooftop to rooftop with gravity-defying ease, Hellboy is really just an Average Joe-type, with a bit of an ego, a sardonic sense of humor, a strong sense of loyalty, and a really good heart. Heck, he even has problems in the romance department not much different from what all the rest of us go through at one time or another in our lives. The movie is overlong and the screenplay probably includes one or two monsters more than it needs to in order to get the job done, but Ron Perlman, even under all the heavy makeup, makes Hellboy a three-dimensional, sympathetic character, while John Hurt brings warmth and authority to the role of Professor Bruttenholm, the "father figure" who raises him.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer


Hellboy is a memorable character that brings humour to the overdose of action sequences in the film. I dont like super hero films that make an overdose of explosions but it did have some witty moments that helped me enjoy the film.

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