Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 35
  2. Negative: 23 out of 35
  1. 70
    Filthy fun, if not much more.
  2. An eminently watchable B-movie nightmare.
  3. 60
    The film becomes so much urgent nonsense, its killing spree neither cheaply thrilling nor even more cheaply cathartic. It's only gory.
  4. Might have worked as a sex comedy, certainly as porn. But as a suspense thriller, it's creepy for all the wrong reasons.
  5. 50
    Turns resoundingly dumb in its last 40 minutes.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Pic's future as a cult item is a sure bet.
  7. 50
    Hollow Man can think of nothing more interesting to do than spy on his girlfriend and assault his neighbor.Too bad. Really too bad, because the movie is supported by some of the most intriguing special effects I've seen.
  8. 50
    Boasts special effects that are really spectacular - too bad it lacks flesh-and-blood characters.
  9. 50
    Gleefully confrontational in its ludicrous, pulpy tawdriness.
  10. It is relatively suspenseless and often distastefully crude.
  11. 42
    A special-effects-and-chase-to-the-death movie, with little special about it.
  12. 40
    Verhoeven, who inflicted "Showgirls" on us, skips the provacative questions raised by invisibility and goes straight to rape and murder.
  13. Verhoeven's most deeply disturbing film yet.
  14. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    The folks who made this movie apparently had nothing inside their heads, either.
  15. 30
    If only the rest of the movie were as good as its cast.
  16. 30
    A boisterous, gooey miscue.
  17. 30
    This mean-spirited invisible man movie tries to hide its poverty of fresh ideas behind a load of state-of-the-art special effects.
  18. 25
    How can we make the entire movie disappear?
  19. 25
    Ultimately the title is most revealing. It's hollow, man.
  20. Might be a blast of ridiculous fun -- the way truly bad movies tend to be -- if it weren't so noxious and reprehensible.
  21. This is fatuous twaddle with a nasty, misogynistic edge.
  22. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Should have been an inaudible man movie. Every time the characters open their mouths, they hammer it deeper into the ground.
  23. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    One wonders if the only original directors left are the obsessives and the freaks. This guy qualifies on both counts.
  24. It's not terribly interesting on the subject.
  25. A terribly bad movie, one of the worst of its kind in recent years.
  26. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Turns into a moronic, psycho-on-the-loose picture pretty quickly.
  27. Ultimately it's an ugly, insipid rape fantasy, nothing more.
  28. Definitely stuck in the fourth grade.
  29. Endure the long, slow, unraveling of this movie, which can't even muster the intelligence to be pretentious or the bravado to be amusingly bad.
  30. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Too many special effects, many of them stomach churning; too much pornographically arranged death.
  31. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    We don't even have Joe Eszterhas to blame for this one.
  32. Despite a wealth of special effects...this movie is surprisingly inert, more dull than anything else, with little to recommend it on any level.
  33. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    Maybe Kevin Bacon can use the Twinkie defense to explain Hollow Man.
  34. 0
    I haven't had a worse time at the movies this summer.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 109 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 25
  2. Negative: 13 out of 25
  1. Mar 30, 2015
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Not as bad as the critics might have you think, but it's still not so good. This movie comes across to me like a wasted opportunity. The special effects and the premise are intriguing, but there are so many interesting and thought-provoking ways this movie could have gone that are left unexplored, and it instead ends up being a cliche and mediocre thriller. The last 20 minutes or so are actually entertaining, but it's all so illogical and ridiculous. Why can't you see food that Kevin Bacon eats if he's invisible? How did he survive being electrocuted and randomly appear in the elevator shaft? How did that other guy survive getting a gaping hole in his abdomen and yet 10 minutes later he was running around and climbing elevators? How did they not get hit by the rubble falling all over them? Lazy, lazy writing! Full Review »
  2. Nov 29, 2014
    Apart from its confessedly impressive visual effects, "Hollow Man" is just a typical horror film that offers a weak script and reprehensible dialogue.
  3. Oct 2, 2013
    Saw it when it first came out on dvd and thought it was fantastic. Solid acting, Well done special effects, and very entertaining as well.Saw it when it first came out on dvd and thought it was fantastic. Solid acting, Well done special effects, and very entertaining as well. Don't see how critics can hate it so much, It's a lot better than most of the trash horror that has come out in recent years. Full Review »