Early reviews for the new Hellboy movie are flooding in and, unfortunately, they’re really not good. In fact, Rotten Tomatoes currently has the film certified rotten, with a very low and embarrassing 10% rating (based on 50 reviews). That’s pretty shocking.
Some critics are describing Neil Marshall’s film as “dull”, “incoherent” and even “an utter stinker.” One publication even went as far as to say it’s “one of the very worst movies you will see all year.” Ouch!
While the film’s production has had a rocky road along the way, with many rumours reporting that there was conflict between the film’s director and producers, early trailers for Hellboy promised a good time at the cinema.
Of course, when it comes to movies, everything is subjective, especially with the superhero genre. As we’ve learnt from the DC films, one man’s gold is another man’s turd. This is especially true for Batman v Superman, which received a low 28% on Rotten Tomatoes but went onto have a strong following from audiences and fans.
It just might be the same case here.
Fans who are alarmed by the low score should probably give it a watch before steering away. A lot of the complaints we’ve read involve the lack of a backstory for Hellboy and the violent nature of the film. However, fans of the material most probably won’t feel the need to see that play out onscreen again. After all, the Guillermo del Toro’s already gave us an origin story. And with regards to the violence and profanity, Hellboy is, after all, an R-rated film focusing on the darker aspects of the anti-hero.
Reviews are ultimately subjective. Hopefully, for the sake of the filmmakers involved, the negative reviews don’t affect the box office turnout.