When the movie's story line concentrates on the character of Hellboy and his relationships with those important to him, the film becomes a unique romp, with an exciting yet vulnerable superhero at the center who just happens to be the spawn of Satan.
Bruce Diones, New Yorker, 2013-04-14
Played by Ron Perlman, he's the most magnetic action hero I've come across in a long while, though I couldn't make heads or tails of this story.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2007-04-18
Del Toro, in love with his source but never overawed by it, keeps things moving; Perlman ties it together with some of the driest witticisms this side of Indiana Jones. Like we said: fun.
Review, Time Out, 2006-06-24
To his credit, del Toro does not flinch from the ridiculous. But he is equally sensitive to Hellboy's pulp poetry.
J. Hoberman, Village Voice, 2004-04-06
This is the kind of movie you watch for its aura, for its appealing characters, for its marvelously sustained seriocomic romantic mood.
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com, 2004-04-03
Del Toro moves his story along with unrelenting energy and wit while introducing the opposing parties with admirable efficiency.
Richard Harrington, Washington Post, 2004-04-02
Comic book fans are sure to be delighted by Hellboy, Guillermo del Toro's surprisingly smart, graphically faithful live-action adaptation of the Mike Mignola series.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2004-04-02
Easily the most adept comic book adaptation since Ghost World.
Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star, 2004-04-02
[del Toro] doesn't quite knock it out of the park like X2 or Spider-Man, but that's not because of a weak swing.
Mark Rahner, Seattle Times, 2004-04-02
If you don't normally go to films where the lead characters look like giant Pez dispensers, the slogging fights of Hellboy may seem like purgatory. But there's enough going on in between the big action sequences to save the movie from mediocrity.
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 2004-04-02
While the character of Hellboy is entertaining, the film in which he appears is largely an exploitative jumble.
Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel, 2004-04-02
I don't know if Hellboy has had a Beauty and the Beast relationship in his comic-book life, but if he did, the filmmakers did right by him in casting Ron Perlman.
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News, 2004-04-02
Guillermo del Toro's above-average if not-quite-spectacular adaptation of Hellboy sticks to this expectation-flipping recipe and retains the comic's cheeky, po-mo spirit.
Chris Garcia, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2004-04-02
Despite its shallow feel, Hellboy still succeeds as a piece of relentless pop entertainment.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2004-04-02
Hellboy can be a kick -- even if you're not a devotee of the comics.
Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, 2004-04-02
The best comic book flick since Spider-Man and a bonafide blast of a film.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2004-04-02
Far be it from me to endorse yet another franchise, but thanks to del Toro and a smart script, Hellboy is so entertaining that you long to see what further heck this gang can raise.
Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press, 2004-04-02