To say the reviews for the latest Hellboy adaptation haven’t been kind would be an understatement. They are so bad that the film is being described as one of the worst comic book movie adaptations of all time, putting it alongside Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern — the one that gets mocked mercilessly in Deadpool — and Catwoman.
Currently in possession of a 13 percent, greener-than-green splat on Rotten Tomatoes, the David Harbour-starring, Neil Marshall-directed reboot has been dragged through the mud by a myriad of critics. Reviews range from a polite “thanks but no thanks” to the outright brutal, with some questioning why the film was even made.
If we’re honest, these bad reviews kind of make us want to see the movie — can it be that bad? In case you missed it, watch the trailer above and keep scrolling to see what people have to say about Hellboy, the worst superhero movie ever.
A lone voice of positivity
William Bibbiani / The Wrap
“Marshall’s Hellboy is a horrifyingly good time. It captures the breathless quality of reading 30 issues of a single comic-book series in one sugar-addled afternoon, shoving as many amazing characters and storylines and images into one film as it can possibly hold.”
The relatively mild
Hugh Armitage / Digital Spy
“Hellboy makes some cursory attempts to set up a sequel (of course), but this muddled mess of a movie feels like a non-starter. We’re afraid it might be another 11 years — if not more — before another attempt can be made to successfully return the big red guy to our screens. The fans, fortunately, have already learned to be patient.”
Susana Polo / Polygon
“It’s more a Wikipedia list than a movie — an approach to the varied and disjointed nature of Hellboy continuity that would serve a TV series far better than a single feature film.”
Philip de Semlyen / Time Out
“It’s two hours long but feels like an eternity, lurching incoherently from one noisy set-piece to another.”
Bilge Ebiri / Vulture
“So, Hellboy’s a mess. That’s not to say that it’s complicated, or unclear, exactly; no story filled with this many clichés can really be too confusing. But the latest adaptation of Mike Mignola’s cult comics — an attempt to reboot the successful, if short-lived, film franchise Guillermo del Toro started back in 2004 — throws so many tired plot points and revelations at us that it all feels like an exhausting blur.”
Josh Spiegel / Slash Film
“In a word, Hellboy is unpleasant. Other appropriate adjectives to describe this reboot include dreadful, obnoxious, unnecessary, and interminable… one of the worst comic book movies ever made.”
Johnny Oleksinski / New York Post
“The race for worst movie of the year is heating up. You could even say it’s hotter than hell, now that Hellboy has taken the lead.”
Matt Singer / Screen Crush
“Characters repeatedly yell jokes from offscreen or while their backs are turned to the camera. They are, almost without exception, not funny. And they’re indicative of a movie that feels like it was worked and reworked in the editing room almost to its literal death… Even with all the explaining, there is a distinct lack of clarity about 2019’s Hellboy, most fundamentally around the unanswered question of why it was made at all.”
John DeFore / The Hollywood Reporter
“Neil Marshall’s Hellboy isn’t lousy because nobody wants it, nor only because it fails to live up to both its big-screen and printed predecessors. It’s just lousy. Bloated, vastly less funny than it aims to be and misguided in key design choices even when it scores with less important decisions, the film does make bold choices that might have paid off under other circumstances. But these aren’t those circumstances.”
At least Harbour still has Stranger Things to fall back on, eh?