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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 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
Score distribution:
  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
    Loses something when it depends on its computer-generated creatures to carry the story. The effects are a mile above the previous Hulk film, but there's still a certain awkwardness to some movements, and an odd lack of definition to the massive muscles that makes them seem like gelatinous sacks of meat.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The dialogue is minimal but sharp, the pace swift and the action sequences suitably loud and brutal.
  4. 63
    There's a certain pleasure to be had in some of the physical blowouts.
  5. 63
    Closer in spirit and tone to the comic books that spawned it.
  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: 10 out of 143
  1. Nov 3, 2013
    The 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. Aug 5, 2013
    The thrilling, adrenaline rushing reboot that the first Hulk film never was. The Incredible Hulk has the engaging story needed to make this film work, and all the visually appealing action to enthrall Marvel and superhero fans alike. Expand
  3. Jul 29, 2014
    The Incredible Hulk is an enormous improvement, if you compare this film with the previous one, because this one got so much more action, better actors, better CGI and more realistic scenes.

    The story is way better than Hulk (2003), and I never felt boring at any time, compared to the previous movie. The Incredible Hulk is an enormous cool movie and it got a great opening scene, a good story, good music and a fascinating ending, and I really recommend it for anyone!

    The Incredible Hulk gets a 8/10
  4. Mar 2, 2012
    A solid effort that delivers what you would expect from a Hulk movie and then a little bit more. Ed Norton is good as Bruce Banner and the action scenes are impressive. It is not the cleverest or the most thrilling superhero movie but it should appeal to fans and non-fans alike. Expand
  5. Nov 27, 2013
    Edward Norton works as the new Bruce Banner. This reboot of the Hulk franchise is far superior to Ang Lee's "Hulk", as Ed makes us like the jolly green giant again. Expand
  6. Nov 13, 2013
    The Incredible Hulk isn't very Incredible.
    Edward Norton gives a good performance but the concept of Hulk itself just seems tired. There is
    no new outlook on the hero just simply a repeatedly mediocre take on a very one dimensional character. The screenwriters should have tried to be more inventive. Expand
  7. May 22, 2012
    There are no performances because no one really has lines or any character moments. The plot essentially comprises of going from A to B to C with a chase scene leading to a fight at each location. There is no continuity or suspense. How many times do you shoot Hulk with assault rifles until you realize the bullets bounce off? Oh maybe if I do a cartwheel over him and shot him with my 9mm that will do the trick. Worst of all this movie is filled with head scratching stupid decisions and plot devices that ruin what little moment it has. Even worse than Captain America. At least that had 20 okay minutes. When can we start making real movies again? Seriously. Expand

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