The Incredible Hulk

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  • Summary: The Incredible Hulk kicks off an all-new, explosive and action-packed epic of one of the most popular Super Heroes of all time. In the film, scientist Bruce Banner desperately hunts for a cure to the gamma radiation that poisoned his cells and unleashes the unbridled force of rage withinThe Incredible Hulk kicks off an all-new, explosive and action-packed epic of one of the most popular Super Heroes of all time. In the film, scientist Bruce Banner desperately hunts for a cure to the gamma radiation that poisoned his cells and unleashes the unbridled force of rage within him: The Hulk. Living in the shadows—cut off form a life he knew and the woman he loves, Betty Ross—Banner struggles to avoid the obsessive pursuit of his nemesis, General Thunderbolt Ross and the military machinery that seeks to capture him and brutally exploit his power. As all three grapple with the secrets that led to The Hulk’s creation, they are confronted with a monstrous new adversary known as the Abomination, whose destructive strength exceeds even The Hulk’s own. (Universal Studios) Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. "Iron Man" has more wit and style, but Hulk is a neat thrill ride with an intelligent script by Zak Penn and smart, well-paced direction by the French director of "The Transporter" series, Louis Leterrier.
  2. 75
    Luckily, the new The Incredible Hulk is more like those 80-page special issues that comic-book publishers sold in the early 1960s for a quarter, packed with old, favorite story lines.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    75
    By handing the directorial reigns to Louis Leterrier, the Parisian filmmaker responsible for the breathless "Transporter" films, Universal reveals its desire to emphasize spectacle over story.
  4. 63
    The final confrontation between the Hulk and Blonsky, now the roaring Abomination, is like the clash of Downey and Bridges in "Iron Man," only not as exciting.
  5. 63
    By the time the Incredible Hulk had completed his hulk-on-hulk showdown with the Incredible Blonsky, I had been using my Timex with the illuminated dial way too often.
  6. The result is solid and efficient, if unadventurous, illustrating both the lure and the limitations of comic book extravaganzas.
  7. Roth and Hurt glower semi-engagingly, and while Norton's scrawniness works, he seems intellectually disengaged, despite his helping to craft Zak Penn's script.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 150
  1. Nov 3, 2013
    10
    The Incredible Hulk is better, bolder and more explosive than Ang Lee's 2003 film. Edward Norton is Bruce Banner a scientist whose experimentThe Incredible Hulk is better, bolder and more explosive than Ang Lee's 2003 film. Edward Norton is Bruce Banner a scientist whose experiment fails and he becomes a violent green mutant. This film's special effects are amazing and Norton delivers better acting than Eric Bana in the 2003 movie. The Incredible Hulk has strong emotion, awesome action and breathtaking visual effects. The cameos by Stan Lee and Robert Downey Jr are funny and effective. This film is also a step up for The Avengers. The story is excellent and Liv Tyler rocks. This is one of the best, smashingly great films of the year. Thanks to director- Louis Letterer, the Hulk has more comic based fun and less boring action as Ang Lee's Hulk. Awesome, Epic and Humongous fun- The Incredible Hulk is breathtaking. Expand
  2. JacobK.
    Jun 14, 2008
    10
    Loved the movie. Better then Iron Man in action but Norton not as good as RDJ as Iron Man. But, Marvel is 2 for 2.
  3. NickM.
    Jun 25, 2008
    9
    This was the perfect Hulk movie. They ALMOST got it right in the TV series (but the lack of a Betty Ross was the downfall). They got it This was the perfect Hulk movie. They ALMOST got it right in the TV series (but the lack of a Betty Ross was the downfall). They got it totally wrong in Ang Lee's movie. This movie was perfect though. What people don't seem to understand is the Hulk is a tragedy. It's not supposed to be witty or funny. Many of the critics panned it for that. Iron Man is a fun superhero. Hulk is a tragic superhero. This was told stupendously by the Marvel filmmakers. The only problem I had with the movie was the casting of Liv Tyler as Betty Ross. Sure, she's pretty and could probably do the job with someone other than Ed Norton. But the two didn't have the chemistry needed to truly pull off the level of intense love these two characters feel for each other (a love strong enough to tame the Hulk). Oh, and to the reviewer who said it was too slow... which Hulk movie were you watching?? Expand
  4. JustinH
    Jun 16, 2008
    8
    Very solid movie and light years past the remake by Lee a few years ago. Not Iron Man (best movie of the summer so far) but not too far off. Very solid movie and light years past the remake by Lee a few years ago. Not Iron Man (best movie of the summer so far) but not too far off. The story is VERY character driven so the Hulk, in my opinion, is around enough. But when he is he looks fantastic and moves perfectly. If they do another they need to just follow two words: MORE HULK. Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2012
    7
    This is the best Hulk we're going to get. Take it or leave it.
  6. Aug 3, 2014
    6
    True stories of comics, except that, as is always different, you can not watch a movie and think that it will be identical to the comics, youTrue stories of comics, except that, as is always different, you can not watch a movie and think that it will be identical to the comics, you have to think it's a parallel universe. But agor leaving for the aspects of the film, I thought the Hulk, well done, I thought it has good special effects, the story is not told from the beginning, is told by say, flashbacks, is a movie you can watch quietly. Expand
  7. LawrieS.
    Jun 28, 2008
    1
    I find it difficult to say how bad this film truly is. There is a really bad plot (hulk gets chased by American military, done), there is I find it difficult to say how bad this film truly is. There is a really bad plot (hulk gets chased by American military, done), there is virtually no script as anyone hardly ever says anything, it's really dark, the hulk is a pussy, please let me stop. OK Tim Roth is an uber soldier that turns into a bigger and more evil creature than the hulk, please get real! Save yourself the time and DO NOT WATCH IT!! Expand

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