Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    90
    Del Toro moves his story along with unrelenting energy and wit while introducing the opposing parties with admirable efficiency.
  2. A perfect fit in the category of instant classic, and, not incidentally, fits the profile of super-profitability. Bursting the bonds of its genre, Hellboy fills the screen with gorgeous imagery, vertiginous action and a surprising depth of feeling.
  3. 90
    Surprisingly smart, graphically faithful live-action adaptation of the Mike Mignola series
  4. 90
    One of the most poetic comic-book adaptations to come along in years, yet it never loses its sense of lightness and fun -- del Toro gives it just enough screwball nuttiness to keep it from bogging down.
  5. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    Guillermo del Toro is in a class with Peter Jackson as a fan-boy who gets it--a brilliant filmmaker who has a kind of metabolic connection to horror and sci-fi that helps him transform secondhand genre material into something deep and nourishing. Del Toro reaches into himself and finds the Wagnerian grandeur in schlock.
  6. Reviewed by: Pete Vonder Haar
    90
    Hellboy just might end up being one of the best movies you see this year.
  7. 88
    One of those rare movies that's not only based on a comic book, but also feels like a comic book. It's vibrating with energy, and you can sense the zeal and joy in its making.
  8. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    83
    The movie's got a heart as warm as hellfire.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 246 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 94
  2. Negative: 13 out of 94
  1. Sep 29, 2011
    6
    Guillermo Del Toro's "Hellboy" isn't exactly a balanced movie; it kinda sides with the friendly side, which results in less action sequencesGuillermo Del Toro's "Hellboy" isn't exactly a balanced movie; it kinda sides with the friendly side, which results in less action sequences than you think. Nevertheless, its still a visually great film to watch. Full Review »
  2. JimP.
    Aug 30, 2005
    0
    Utter pap! The acting was so wooden it was unbelievable!
  3. Mar 28, 2015
    7
    Hellboy is an amazing thrill ride. Not only was it great to pick Ron Perlman, it was great to make this movie. The plot was fun, the effectsHellboy is an amazing thrill ride. Not only was it great to pick Ron Perlman, it was great to make this movie. The plot was fun, the effects and music were great, and the fish guy was awesome. My only tiff is sometimes the effects were cheesy. But if you can deal with that youll love this movie. Full Review »