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Overall Rating
2.88

Awesome: 11.4%
Worth A Look30.51%
Just Average: 17.65%
Pretty Crappy: 15.44%
Sucks: 25%

13 reviews, 194 user ratings



Hulk
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by Marc Kandel

"I canít label ambition and execution of this magnitude as failure."
3 stars

But itís not five star material either, is it? Four stars? Tough sell. What is wrong with this film? More importantly, what is so right about it that we cannot afford to simply write it off as a superhero film blunder alongside debacles such as ďPunisher, Catwoman and Daredevil,Ē three films nigh unwatchable in their plodding banality, outright stupidity and disingenuous fanboy-baiting?

Do you need a synopsis? Bruce Banner. Physician. Scientist. Searching for a way to tap into the hidden strengths all humans have. Then, an accidental overdose of gamma radiation alters his body chemistry. Now whenever Banner becomes angry or outraged, a startling metamorphosis takes placeÖ yes Nerdic Legions, that was from memory. And yes, Marc said in his most tired voice, I know in the TV show his first name was David.

Director Ang Lee utilizes ideas brought forth from the comic over the last two decades, where Bannerís condition stems from repressed memories of his fatherís abuse culminating in his motherís murder, freed through a tangible trigger (radiation- an old Marvel 60ís staple) and given physical form as a being of pure Id, possessing limitless strength, able to vent Bannerís submerged rage and grief without consequence or hesitation, tempered only by the fact that Banner is inherently a decent man. The pacing of this introduction to our protagonist(s) is note perfect, interspersed with the opening credits, and even does the comics one better, ingeniously furthering the mythos of the Hulk by having David Banner experiment on himself in his shortsighted quest to perfect the human species, passing on his genetic instability to his son which enables Bruce to withstand the otherwise fatal dosage of Gamma radiation later in life, which in turn provides the unlimited energy source needed to fuel the Hulkís staggering power.

Smart film.

Leeís beautiful montage of the elder Bannerís experiments (which include Bruceís pitiable, fascinating childhood complete with a kid Iíd have love to have seen as Anakin Skywalker, Cole in ďSixth SenseĒ and a number of other roles peopled with borderline or flat out obnoxious, precocious brats) is perhaps, along with the desertĖto-Frisco fight, the two note perfect scenes of the entire film, and the former contributes an astounding hypothesis- that the Hulk is the ultimate fusion of all defense and survival systems of the hardiest, most capable plant and animal life found on the earth; mostly desert and oceanic environs, so letís hope Hulk doesnít get plunked in the Arctic any time soonÖ or the Bronx.

It's a weighty concept that unfortunately leads to interminable moments of cinematographic navel gazing that grows exceedingly tiresome for ďHulk Smash!íersĒ in the audience impatiently shifting in their seats waiting for Green Beatdown to commence. But this thoughtful examination of what makes this hero tick is clearly not a case of lazy, trite writing or empty spectacle filmmaking; this is a work of care and craft, one that unfortunately thinks itself into corners leaving the story and characters nowhere to go amid fatal narrative confusion, uneven pacing, and strained emotional connections.

I find that there are three principal problems to the film which affect the flow of the story and lead to the most egregious blunders in narrative and character work: The Betty Ross/Bruce Banner relationship being shown post-breakup rather than the first meeting, Bruce Bannerís history jumping from early childhood to adult where he does not even know himself as a ďBannerĒ, and the Hulkís size and invulnerability removing our concern for the characterís well-being (the latter being the most ďComic Book GuyĒ complaint youíll hear from me, and probably the one most other comic fans would take exception to). Most fans were simply bored or annoyed with the infamous ďJellyfishĒ ending, and there is merit to that argument. But if each of these problems is analyzed, one can see their effects echoing through the film making the unsatisfactory nature of the conclusion and the many other errors throughout inevitable.

Eric Bana serves the script loyally to a fault as a sweaty, wan, emotionally distant Bruce, but heís so successful playing a damaged, inexpressive human being (with a startling touch of the sinister), that despite knowing the cause of his trauma, we never really root for the guy as heís presented to us as a little better than a brainy cipher whose adult life isnít terrible, despite the horrific disintegration of his family in early childhood. In fact, heís pretty much unaware that he is Bruce Banner, as he was adopted shortly thereafter by a kind, loving foster family. Since that time, we see that he has risen to a preeminent position as a genius in the field of radiation, he has found acceptance within his peer group, and heís even managed to bang Jennifer Connelly. Let me run that last part by you again- heís had sexual congress with Jennifer Connelly. Me, Iíd be skipping to work.

I would have liked to have seen more moments of Bruceís formative years, as well as full self-knowledge of his legacy making one of his goals to escape his past and better the world in spite of it, rather than simply block it out. The childhood scene where little Bruce simply stares off as his mother tends to an injury inflicted by another child as another playmate alarmingly recounts Bruceís failure to retaliate or even make a sound in the face of pain and humiliation is so wonderful, foreboding, and terribly sad that I wanted more. There is a horrible beauty in its implications; even his adored motherís touch can only reach so far into Bruce. His love and worship of her is tangible, but even in the comfort of her arms his bodyís defenses must not allow him to lose control. If only the movie had maintained this focus.

By having no idea who he truly is or where he comes from, Bruce pretty much has to start from scratch emotionally (along with the entire audience) rather than suffer from the gradual, spiraling build of years of mental pressure that would have resulted in a much more interesting transformation, as if heís been keeping the painful fury and devastation of his fatherís crimes and the loss of his mother consciously at bay all this time, only to fail after years of deliberate mental discipline. It would have certainly been a much more complex obstacle for Betty and Bruce to overcome relationship-wise than simple ďbad-dreamĒ syndrome, or Bruceís comatose pontifications and flashbacks. The amnesia is unnecessary and adds clunky, overlong expository scenes where Bruce ďdiscoversĒ himself in front of an audience who already knows him inside and out and is ready to move on and see him really deal with his anger as the Hulk rather than sit there shivering with sense memory as Betty stares blankly doing math problems in her head to give her a perplexed, concerned expression or David Banner drools and belches genetic theory and matters of lineage while chewing on electric cables and scenery.

A better route using the filmís ďamnesiaĒ time more effectively and keeping the build sustained would have been scenes growing up with Bruce through middle and high school, his awkward mannerisms and intellect distancing him and making him a target of ridicule that he would simply take and take and take, bringing to a peak the explosion of anger and catastrophic, unfocused retribution years later. Further discovery of different emotional and physical needs in college might have shown us the difficulty in forming relationships, and finally meeting Betty, a sharp, strong, yet kind woman that didnít have to be played as a mother figure, but rather an exciting, enticing lure for Bruce to come out of his shell, where Bruce would be in turn, a challenge for Betty, the polar opposite of her gung ho father, but a man of character and complexity nonetheless, which leads us to our next trouble spot, that of Bruce and Betty as a couple portrayed as past their expiration date.

The film pokes through the ashes of a relationship, and it falls flat. The interpersonal drama between Betty and Bruce is told mostly in awkward flashback with little spark or life invested by the actors. Betty is played by Jennifer Connelly almost as introverted, quiet and cautious as Bruce. The idea that Betty represents the kindness and love Bruce had from his mother is overplayed to the point that we can barely see these two as a romantic couple. Sheís the daughter of a tough-as-nails army general- youíd think sheíd have more of a personality than the bland puler Connelly gives us.

Even the more intimate scenes we are privy to are nothing more than foreshadowed contrivances where we see Betty subconsciously recoil from Bruce, sensing the turmoil within him- she does this on a romantic getaway, turning a loving moment into a nasty little psychoanalytic reveal she chooses to bring up during what we are led to believe will be a sexual encounter, ruined by a segue into an extremely disturbing dream Betty shares involving an adult Bruce menacing a child Betty- a clumsy parallel to how the titanic Hulk looms over the petite adult Betty. Frankly this tells us more about Betty than it does about Bruce, lending her a bit of manipulative shrewishness that makes the character rather unappealing. She should probably be throwing the poor guy a bang, but chooses this gentle moment to make him exceedingly uncomfortable and rejected over an intangible neurotic dream. Betty and Anakin Skywalker should get together, or at least start dream diaries- a preferable alternative to genocide and massive property destruction.

Had we seen Bruce finding someone worth opening up for, a challenging, provocative, yet accepting woman, the Gamma accident threatening this burgeoning relationship, coupled with a less cretinous, obvious Glenn Talbot (Josh Lucas doing his abilities no justice as a blatant, unconvincing cattle prod for Banner to get his mad on) waiting in the wings for Betty, we might have had more believable, emotionally urgent stakes to play for. If Lucas had given more of the capable character I had seen in Poseidon, I might have been truly concerned for Bruceís chances with Betty, but as a romantic foil, Lucas never once convinces us, or Betty for that matter, that he is an acceptable alternative. The treacherous yet charming Neville Sinclair fared better with Connellyís character in Rocketeer, presenting at the very least, the illusion of a challenge to the heroís affections. No such luck here.

So instead of Bruce having a very stirring reason to want to batter Talbot into paste, or the addition of losing Betty emotionally as well as physically, we merely have a redux of a 70ís Hulk tv show Banner Beating, with no emotion or reason behind it other than making him Hulk out- it's a curious blunder on the part of Lee, who has worked to make genuine emotional choices with all of the other characters, and detailed reasons for every action. Scenes with Talbot ring exceptionally false in contrast, and the deep, rich story we are involved in becomes wholly cartoonish, well before a green giant in purple biker shorts ever makes an appearance.

Add to that a Hulk that becomes so gigantic and invulnerable that the only thing that can give it a fair fight is a beast that canít be punched, and you can see the movie unravel before your eyes.

Hulk is quite impressive: There is weight and presence to him, he is perfectly capable of conveying the requisite emotion, and invested in the context of the film he plays much better than his first public appearance in a 30-second Super Bowl teaser leaving the Pabst and wing glutted audience giggling and dismissive. Lee wisely allows us to get used to the idea of the Hulk first in darkness and shadow before dragging him out into the daylight. But at the height of the filmís action, we have a Hulk 15 feet tall; a massive giant nigh impervious to physical harm, shrugging off depleted uranium slugs and shot-putting tanks. The farther the creature is exaggerated, the harder it becomes to see the humanity within, save for a transcendent moment as, given the briefest respite from military pursuit, his nostrils flare as he gulps vast quantities of desert air, soaring over the endless landscape, exulting in his primal power and hard fought freedom- it's a moment Bruce has certainly earned throughout his hard life, and one I would see explored further in future outings of the character.

I would have preferred a marginally smaller, more vulnerable Hulk as we see in the first transformation, where the rage does not result in such dramatic visual growth spurts so much as increases in strength and durability illustrated by growing viciousness in his attacks. Donít agree with me fans? Letís put it this way: If you reach the physical apex in the middle of the film, itís impossible to build to a climax that doesnít have your gargantuan protagonist wrestling with a giant glowing Portuguese Man oí War. Yes. Itís time to address the Nolte Pudding, that ever so disappointing example of superhero adversaries- a foe that canít be smacked. What does the mightiest mortal on Earth do when he canít simply hit something? Well, now you know. He fucks it to death with his verdant cyclopean wang: ďTAKE IT AAAAAALLL!Ē.

But seriously, itís hardly the smashfest most fans were anticipating, though again I must applaud Lee for his attempt to bring something different to the climactic battle, making it not a contest of bone and sinew but spirit and will, allowing not the Hulk final victory, but Bruce Banner. David Banner loses because he cannot abide the light of his sonís spirit as the gamma fuelled emotion of years of pained memory pour into him, overtaxing his myopic, monomaniacal nature that never accounts for anyoneís individuality or need beyond his own flawed designs and dismissive attitude of humanity. Bruce is the last equation of his original formula- not just coldly fabricated artificial strength and stamina but the spiritual capacity to endure, to embrace, to love, to grieve- itís too much for David- it's a power he never imagined or had the capacity to understand surrounded by his calculations and centrifuges.

Look at the parting shot we have from this battle- not the Hulk roaring over a fallen foe, but a spent, almost peaceful Bruce Banner floating in an amniotic pool of cleansing water and waves of memory- the last being not David Banner the abuser, the murderer, but David Banner the father, gently playing with his son, a smile on his face, loving his child- a pure memory of good things, of the spark of a good man that might have been. What director would dare have a shot like this in a Hulk movie? I cannot call this failure. Did we really want a Michael Bayesque tour of America with Hulk bloodlessly leveling landmarks and monuments as scientists and soldiers race to figure out the solution whilst spitting pithy comments and pop-references? I see a director trying to be so much better than that. Its not the movie people ultimately wanted, but its not without its treasures as well upon closer inspection.

At its core, Hulk is a great revenge of the nerd story, apart from its Jekyll and Hyde origins. The capacity of rage in the physically weak and tormented can yield terrible results (Columbine anyone?). But at the same time there is some powerful catharsis in beating the jocks at their own game. This ideology was the success of the old 70ís series when whatever menacing bouncer, disco bully, leg-breaker, pimp, hillbilly, corrupt restaurant manager, or roid-raged football player of the episode came face to face with a growling green trump card that reduced them to the status of impotent victim. But the realization of physical vengeance by the intellectual was always tempered with Bannerís tremendous compassion, humanism, and bravery, marvelously conveyed by Bill Bixby, a truly underrated actor if there ever was one, lending his Banner such strength of character that even when Ferrigno filled the screen with his formidable greenness, you knew the force of Bixbyís presence would never allow the beast to violate the moral boundaries of the man inside.

Banaís Banner gives us the horror and sadness of his situation, and by filmís end, we finally have the resolve and even the slightest hint of glee at the power he can exercise, but itís a tad too late. Hopefully by next film, not only will we have a more heroic, lively Bruce Banner, but weíll be able to get down to brass tacks and enjoy the villain that can really give the Hulk a physical run for his money, the Hulkís squamous nemesis the Abomination, possessed of the Hulkís prodigious strength, but retaining human intellect as well giving the monster tactical advantages. Of course, by giving the audience more of ďwhat they wantĒ, will the next movie be able to maintain the heartfelt intellect and soul Ang Lee offered us? I donít think so, and therein lies the problem and puzzle of Hulk.

I should take just a moment to also applaud Danny Elfman for his best non-Batman or Edward Scissorhands redux in years. Heís actually taken the time here to write a score that doesnít exactly lend itself to an in depth, track by track analysis, but it does 80% of the job, and certainly stands as one of his more unique achievements, not as easily recognized as much of his repertoire. I realized early on that the subdued, seven descending notes that compromise the main fanfare of the film actually score Banner rather than his alter ego, an auditory descent into the darkness of the soul and the storm within the mind, repeated over and over as though an eruption is imminent yet never achieved. Mixed with somewhat Middle Eastern melodies in the more thoughtful moments of the film, the score is haunting, perhaps not as percussive as it should be for its subject matter (I would love to see what a Basil Poledouris could do with this character), but poignant nonetheless and worth a quick mention.

ďHulkĒ tiptoes and dances when it should stomp. But itís such a beautiful dance at timesÖ

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8/27/12 roscoe ok, but way too drawn out and not nearly enough action. too much story 3 stars
9/27/11 Dr.Lao What the $#@! did I just watch? 2 stars
7/01/09 Jonathan Birch Excellent SF and well thought out characterization of the Hulk. Poor father/son conflict. 4 stars
5/31/09 Jeff Wilder Ang Lee is a talented director. But comic book/art film hybrids tend to be unsuccessful, 2 stars
10/17/08 AshleyRockO Not bad. But save the story stuff for a more interesting Comic character like Batman. 3 stars
8/20/08 Shaun Wallner Great Action!! 4 stars
6/12/08 David V Just was too long and boring for a superhero movie. 2 stars
6/04/08 Che Great Movie!!!! 5 stars
5/18/08 PAUL SHORTT WATCHABLE 3 stars
3/19/07 dude good movie 4 stars
2/16/07 Vip Ebriega I don't know about you, but I hate it. 2 stars
12/28/06 del Stooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooopid!!! 1 stars
10/21/06 Tanya Grays They should have used Lou ferrigno instead of special effects 2 stars
10/12/06 David Pollastrini not horrible 3 stars
10/11/06 Bob Not Bad 3 stars
9/18/06 kliz super boring movie! 1 stars
8/08/06 Dragon The Artist The ending was a bit perplexing, & it dragged slightly, but it was a good popcorn flick. 3 stars
7/30/06 Ray Ozi Giant green shit onscreen 1 stars
5/11/06 JM Synth Ambitious, Intelligent and Very Boring 2 stars
5/05/06 Cuenzie Wunzie Had good bits but paper moments. 6.6 / 10 4 stars
2/20/06 Striker garbage in the screen 1 stars
1/20/06 Mark Radburn I'm disappointed, I'd rather watch another CG movie than this gay shit movie 1 stars
12/14/05 R.W.Welch Big budget stuff, but in the end it's still a comic strip. 3 stars
12/09/05 bullit16 Wow ... wow ... it just ... sucks ... on SO many levels. 1 stars
11/20/05 Anthony G Good 4 stars
10/18/05 Quigley one of the biggest wastes of awesome CG I've ever seen. totally stupid movie 1 stars
9/28/05 peter u rull 1 stars
9/21/05 VMANIC1 Will have you asking yourself, " When will this movie end?", Very BORING 2 stars
9/21/05 Jonathon Holmes this movie sucks ass 1 stars
8/10/05 ES Wow! Ang Lee no my least favourite director. Way to blow it big guy! 1 stars
8/01/05 Daniel Trembath durka durka durka i h8 deoderant 5 stars
7/23/05 Carolyn Rathburn good rendition of this classic dark side tail 4 stars
7/18/05 Brandy Harrington This movie sucks, very stupid plot. 1 stars
7/13/05 RJ Newbold Not a great adaptation but definitely a fun attempt 4 stars
7/10/05 Brian Feiler Too many computer generated effects actually detract from a good storyline. 3 stars
7/09/05 Moctezuma The Hulk looked like a cartoon instead of a CGI character 2 stars
7/07/05 Khedron Frank I don't care, I loved it 5 stars
7/04/05 Charlene Javier Ang Lee disappoints. 2 stars
7/02/05 Quigley makes spider-man 2 look like an oscar winner. ang lee needs to stop assaulting us with crap 1 stars
6/16/05 Kristina Williams took itself way too seriously 1 stars
6/09/05 Rock-Steady I love me a big green man! 1 stars
5/18/05 Total Crap Total crap 1 stars
5/01/05 Anthony G it was ok, could of been worse, 8mile for example? 4 stars
4/09/05 Feliciano ELI, screw you man 5 stars
3/03/05 jeff good special effects, drags, slow, lack of action!!! 4 stars
2/09/05 Feliciano back once & again 5 stars
2/08/05 Jeff Anderson What a big letdown! Sincere enough performances by Bana & Connelly can't save it. A SHAME!! 2 stars
12/09/04 ELI Worse than Gigli 1 stars
11/15/04 Dunce Tries so hard and fails even harder. I couldn't wait for it to end. Oh the pain. 1 stars
9/23/04 Agent Sands Underrated. Very inventive and enjoyable. 1st time I've heard Nolte with his throat clear. 4 stars
9/17/04 Joe Shants Would have been better if they had followed the comic instead of ripping off The Fly 2 1 stars
8/16/04 tatum A lot more entertaining than standard comic books onscreen 4 stars
8/02/04 Daveman Infinitely more unique and interesting than any other comic book film to date, quit whining 4 stars
8/01/04 Anthony G this movie sucks, very dumb plot 2 stars
7/01/04 Johnny Fay More un creative crap by hollywood...no where near as good as the Spiderman movie's 2 stars
6/10/04 Kevin Farkas CGI overdose! Why!?...I wanna know why!? So bad! 1 stars
5/16/04 Slappy Terrible film, almost as bad as the original Dawn of the Dead 1 stars
5/16/04 Samuel It was a decent movie all in all. I liked the ending very well. 3 stars
5/12/04 Me NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! 1 stars
5/12/04 The More You Know story goes all over the map, but Ang Lee creates smart fun. 4 stars
4/27/04 Daniel Bennison i love a big muscly man! 5 stars
4/25/04 Lord Jiggy Bana wasn't bad, movie was terrible. 2 stars
4/25/04 Denise Duspiva I liked Nick Nolte 4 stars
3/28/04 true review - correct review every time comic book Hulk is amazing, this movie has NOTHING to do with the comic book 1 stars
3/05/04 Joe Uglick This Movie Is HORIBLE 1 stars
2/23/04 frade-granger average in every way, missable 3 stars
2/09/04 HorrorScribbler Pretty good. Comic-bookie split screens annoying. Final battle kinda mystifying. 4 stars
2/08/04 Nixon what a SHIT movie. he doesnt even become hulk until like an hour! and j-co has a uni-brow 1 stars
1/25/04 American Slasher Goddess A dull and boring comicbook adapation. 1 stars
1/11/04 Nucleo A brilliant preformance by Jennifer Connelly's rack. 1 stars
12/13/03 stanley you know what's stronger than the hulk? the elastic band on his purple shorts..... 1 stars
12/08/03 Eloise boring, crappy, didnt like T3 or X-men2 either.zero stars. 1 stars
11/27/03 John worse than bad - the digital Hulk is ridiculous 1 stars
11/22/03 ozzy torch this fucking movie 1 stars
11/17/03 Dempster ... 1 stars
11/13/03 snowconehead Decent, but a little too deep in context 4 stars
11/09/03 alisha Were we watching the same movie?!? I liked this movie and think it has gotten a bad rap. 4 stars
11/09/03 I Would You morons. This kicked the crap out of X2 and Terminator 3. Why does everyone hate it? 4 stars
10/30/03 JohnnyXXX Boring, disturing, wannabe Batman Returns but didn't quite make it 2 stars
10/28/03 Killer Miller WORST MOVIE EVER so boring man it was torture! 1 stars
10/23/03 MIC Awful. Incoherent. Poodle monsters that understand English? Huge jellyfish? Magis pants? 1 stars
10/17/03 Hung Weil Lo Close to being the worst movie I have seen in 2003 1 stars
10/08/03 horror_blood Good, worth a look, but nothing can beat Spiderman when it comes to Marvel movies. 4 stars
10/07/03 Erik Van Sant Exciting at times...way too thoughtful at others...Nick Nolte looks like a drunken hobo. 4 stars
9/26/03 Donna Gelpigi the Hulk should be the Green Party candidate for Governor! 3 stars
9/25/03 The Quirkfetch Kid Jennifer Connelly again plays wife of troubled scientist; but this time it's just screwy. 3 stars
9/20/03 CAT BLUES it was okay.....i guess i liked the effects in all 3 stars
9/03/03 ChanceHead This was a green lump of shit that popped out of ang lees asshole! Fuck you Hulk! 1 stars
9/02/03 Shelley I thought the movie was great, i only went to go and see it because i had to but i liked it 4 stars
9/01/03 INCU What??? 6.2 at imdb.com, Worth A Look here??? This is the shittiest movie I've ever seen 1 stars
8/25/03 Laurian Diaconescu Hulk generally looks fake, but the story is pretty good, so is the soundtrack. 4 stars
8/17/03 palaboy101 Ang Lee took it too seroiusly, but added comic strip-style screens? what da? 4 stars
8/09/03 Ravi Madapati Hulk Kicks Ass 5 stars
8/06/03 Andrea I have one thing to say.....I WANT MY MONEY BACK! 1 stars
8/05/03 jonah boring dialogue. Great action sequences though. 3 stars
8/03/03 Joman Daredevil plus Terms of Endearment equals Crap 1 stars
8/01/03 I Would Good characterisation, good performances, cool CGI, where's the plot? 3 stars
7/20/03 Dee Geez! I thought something was wrong with ME! Horribe CGI, camera tricks and boring dialogue 1 stars
7/17/03 Jon Lyrik Decent, but a lot of the artistry falls flat. 3 stars
7/16/03 Nate Did anyone else notice the Hulk went from southern california to Moab Utah in a single jump 3 stars
7/15/03 your worst goddamn nightmare imagine everything that's cool about the Hulk, turning it to shit, then makin' the movie... 1 stars
7/13/03 Vin Diesal Wow he threw a tank!! that's as good as it gets, stupid camera work, no story :( 2 stars
7/13/03 Christian Harding 'Hulk" Rocks! Anyone who hates it must be nuts! 5 stars
7/11/03 Troy Butler Highly underrated, ... much more than just another superhero film!!! 4 stars
7/09/03 30 year Hulk fan The worst version of the Hulk in any medium. James Schamus couldn't write birthday cards. 1 stars
7/09/03 Jason Total POS : eric bana can't act, plot is STUPID, end fight scene is LAME. 1 stars
7/09/03 Bob Stupid, boring, long, gay, ugly, annoying. Stupidest ending ever. 1 stars
7/07/03 Alice I miss the old TV Series... That was what Hulk is all about 3 stars
7/07/03 T. Bizbam best superhero movie yet. Much more memorable than Xmen or Spiderman. 5 stars
7/07/03 Jin Lame 1 stars
7/07/03 Alex Very Very Disappointing, so much too work with but fucked it up!! 3 stars
7/07/03 Jason Wow. I was so impressed. Ang Lee shows once again that he's a force to be reckoned with. 4 stars
7/07/03 Tenlinkoz A great movie 4 stars
7/07/03 thejames What the fuck is with the stupid multi-camera angel shots? 2 stars
7/05/03 Ahnold SUCKED! 1 stars
7/04/03 Jill OK! This flick was TOTALLY overrated! The plot was boring, the grapics sucked..DON'T SEE IT 2 stars
7/03/03 KingNeutron I *knew* it would suck way before it came out. Good parts were J.Connelly and the very end. 2 stars
7/02/03 black leather jacket Biggest Hyped Boring Movie of the Summer!!...who really cares after seeing it? 1 stars
7/02/03 Dan Captured the spirit of the Hulk, but the script could have been reworked. Horrible ending. 3 stars
7/02/03 jada cgi job great, movie a little long 3 stars
7/02/03 your worse goddamn nightmare The plot was too convoluted and banal. A garbage movie except for Jennifer Connelly... 2 stars
6/30/03 Dag good. 4 stars
6/29/03 malcolm dogs looked like that dog in The Mask 3 stars
6/29/03 Micbang Pretty good 5 stars
6/29/03 Tipsy incredibly boring, with a plethora of uncharismatic characters. did bana a disservice. 1 stars
6/29/03 Sanity This movie sucked - no matter who or how many people invested in it. 1 stars
6/29/03 mortified This movie sucked all ass on so many different levels of ass 1 stars
6/29/03 David A. No supervillain, fakey animation, distortion of Hulk's origin! SUCKS BIG TIME ASS 1 stars
6/28/03 Koitus Script "too sketchy" - why did Dad release the dogs? Nuke at the end .. or not? Great CGI 3 stars
6/28/03 Andrew Carden Only Ang Lee Could Turn This Crappy Screenplay Into An Exciting Action Flick. 3 stars
6/27/03 Obi Wan Very good!! Too much plot, should have left that for more action. 5 stars
6/26/03 george mcswank Ang Lee has split-screen brain explosion 1 stars
6/26/03 Frank Habets Punchy poetry! A deft blend of style and substance. 5 stars
6/26/03 john allen spare me the repressed memory crap. Plays like a bad Springer episode 3 stars
6/26/03 jcjs as close to 'total crap' as a flick can get...a waste of actors...painfully slow and bogus. 1 stars
6/25/03 Erin Ang Lee over rated one again. This movie blows. 1 stars
6/25/03 Duckman Too much 1st year psychology in this flick 2 stars
6/25/03 Puny Human In Hulk 2, you people will be complaining about the lack of character development. 5 stars
6/25/03 gray good action way too much filler 2 stars
6/24/03 me frog as ok as a movie can be 3 stars
6/24/03 Baronvonhaha Good movie- horrorable comic movie. They changed Bruce's name. Good if you are a comic fan 4 stars
6/24/03 Jeff Garbage, bad Hulk animation, like I stepped in 1970's bad TV. Ang Lee destroyed a legend. 1 stars
6/24/03 Nessus Didn't like it. The story was too convoluted. Good action sequences, too much filler. 2 stars
6/24/03 Bruce Webster Well done -- would like to see Ang Lee's original cut 4 stars
6/24/03 LoudChris Great build up. Fantastic action. A true stress reliever. 5 stars
6/23/03 Gil Carlson 3 screen writers is a bad sign and it shows in the jumbled story, but you have to check it 4 stars
6/23/03 Shazia Fantastic film...just not a summer one 5 stars
6/23/03 Armando Loved the action and style of the movie!!Hulk is awesome!! 5 stars
6/23/03 Movie Expert The emotion, the artistic imagery all that in a summer movie Wow!! 5 stars
6/23/03 Obi Wan Very Good Adaptation! Ang Lee did it and very catchy camera work!! 5 stars
6/23/03 k oh how retarded... a green man.. yeah sure. 1 stars
6/23/03 SIEGE Great film! I was astonished. 5 stars
6/23/03 Darth Haggis Sucks Nuff Said 1 stars
6/22/03 movie-goer Stunk! Boring as all get out! 2 stars
6/22/03 jawsboy24 Pretty good! Decent CGI, decent acting, good cinematography and direction. Not bad!!!!! 4 stars
6/22/03 Human Shield The style is excellent for a comic book film. The moral is good on its own 5 stars
6/22/03 Proximus Criticed by those with out imagination!!! 5 stars
6/22/03 Dead Ringers FX Rule! This movie was fun. Before I got too bored the Hulk started throwing tanks what fun! 4 stars
6/22/03 Darren Shea The most introspective action film ever,it succeeds by way of inventive direction &good CGI 4 stars
6/22/03 Coolhand We are in a Golden Age for comic bood adaptations - Ang Lee is a genius. 5 stars
6/22/03 Captain Highcrime It's the kind of movie that you'll be able to enjoy after the kids get bored & walk out 4 stars
6/22/03 Hottie I thought this was a GREAT movie and the actors did great also! 5 stars
6/22/03 Jacob Spider-man was like the comics so whoever said Raimi should had thought of this should die! 2 stars
6/22/03 Uncle Salty Lame, cartoony, retarded ending, too long 2 stars
6/22/03 FLiK A little slow in the beginning, but overall pretty good. 4 stars
6/21/03 Mr. Do fuck hulk, fuck this fuckin' commercal fuck site 1 stars
6/21/03 Rrrrrr....HULK MAD!!! I bet Sam Rami saw how Ang Lee directed this and thought, why didn't I think of that? 5 stars
6/21/03 Hulk Yun-Fat Great flick. Ang Lee does it again. Josh Lucas needed more screen time tho. 4 stars
6/21/03 Flounder A good B-movie for parents as well as kids. 4 stars
6/21/03 Titus Needs a villain. Fun, but doesn't quite have its identify figured out. 4 stars
6/21/03 black leather jacket O please...No more hype...this movie sucks all ass 1 stars
6/21/03 Hooters gurl Another hyped movie that falls short of your expectations 3 stars
6/21/03 flyingshrapnel Instead of simple special effect and loud sound track this is a movie has depth and feeling 5 stars
6/21/03 Jack Bourbon One of the funniest death scenes I've ever seen. 4 stars
6/21/03 Jacob Rubinstein Too smart for modern audience.. not for the fast and dumb audience!like fast and the furiou 5 stars
6/21/03 Don This is the best of the new wave of comic book films. It works as drama and action. 5 stars
6/21/03 dredPhul Too much talk, not enough of the Hulk smashing 2 stars
6/21/03 Brian unique direction, but this is worse than daredevil...shame and more shame... 1 stars
6/21/03 MTV is Satan Another bad Marvel adaptation. Stan Lee's genius is being squandered by lazy scriptwriters. 1 stars
6/21/03 Elizaveta almost worth 4 stars, but too long...too painfully artsy. 3 stars
6/21/03 Joseph Gibson Best Comic book story told on screen 5 stars
6/21/03 Darth Haggis This movie Sucked!!! Watched the peoples faces coming out of the theater before you see it 1 stars
6/21/03 zach i fell asleep since i was so bored.. 2 stars
6/20/03 Vicious Excellent, unique direction with a solid story, cast, and great action. 5 stars
6/20/03 Ayatolla of Rockinrolla Worst Movie of the Year 1 stars
6/20/03 Daedalus Redeems the genre from DareDevil...almost. Still a damn good flick. 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  20-Jun-2003 (PG-13)
  DVD: 28-Oct-2003

UK
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Australia
  26-Jun-2003


Directed by
  Ang Lee

Written by
  Michael France
  James Schamus
  John Turman

Cast
  Eric Bana
  Jennifer Connelly
  Sam Elliott
  Josh Lucas
  Nick Nolte
  Brooke Langton



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