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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
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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
    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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  1. Negative: 10 out of 145
  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. DreM.
    Jun 13, 2008
    Awesome... one of the best of 08'
  3. AngieHope
    Jun 23, 2008
    Great graphics
  4. dougp.
    Jun 16, 2008
    It is a good action film. Compared to Marvel's previous hit, Iron Man, I must say I prefer this one for two reasons. One, the conflict of the hero in this movie was more believable - the solitude, constant running away, etc. Two, the fight with the abomination was better and lengthier than the fight in Iron Man. Expand
  5. May 5, 2012
    THE INCREDIBLE HULK helps us believe that the man who is the monster really does fear himself, that he fears not being able to control it. It's a Marvel film: it's fun, humorous, and packed with action. Sit back and watch the Hulk...SMASH! Expand
  6. Apr 2, 2012
    Following on from the 2003 film Hulk, Marvel decided the best course of action prior to the Avengers film was to reboot the series with a new director and cast, resulting in this 2008 update starring Edward Norton in the title role. Hulk is a different type of superhero to most of the traditional good-looking all-American heroes such as Spiderman or Iron Man. Although tamed by Betty Ross, the Hulk is not capable of relating to humans and therefore the audience and I feel this has always made it difficult for storytellers and directors to produce engaging films with this character. On the occasions that the Hulk appears during the first half of the film, in a repetitive series of chase and escape scenes, he destroys almost everything in his path without remorse as Banner is unable to control his rage. At the end of the film, Banner intentionally turns into the Hulk in order to fight the Abomination, leading the audience to believe that the Hulk is now a fully fledged crime fighting superhero. This transformation between out of control animal and useful superhero may be the films idea of character development but apart from reuniting with Betty, no other significant events occur that explain this. Norton and Liv Tyler play their characters well and William Hurt is impressive as General Ross, despite the occasionally cheesy lines he is fed. Tim Roth gives an intense performance as Blonsky prior to his transformation into the Abomination. Ultimately though, despite being visually impressive, the final battle is between two CGI monsters and I found the film did not do enough to make me engage with Hulk. This is in part to do with the Hulk being unable to portray any real human emotion, this having to be shown through Betty at his side. Worth watching if you are a superhero film fan or as a warm-up for the Avengers. Expand
  7. LawrieS.
    Jun 28, 2008
    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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