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Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Adventure . Fantasy . Science Fiction . Action

In this continuation to the adventure of the demon superhero, an evil elf breaks an ancient pact between humans and creatures, as he declares war against humanity. He is on a mission to release The Golden Army, a deadly group of fighting machines that can destroy the human race. As Hell on Earth is ready to erupt, Hellboy and his crew set out to defeat the evil prince.

Actors: Anna Walton , Seth MacFarlane , James Dodd , John Alexander , Luke Goss , John Hurt , Doug Jones , Jeffrey Tambor , Selma Blair , Ron Perlman
Directors: Guillermo del Toro
Country: USA , GERMANY
Release: 2008-07-11
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  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    With writer-director del Toro given free license to go where his singular vision takes him, Hellboy II plays like Guillermo's Greatest Hits with even hotter visual effects.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Poetic, funny, darkly romantic and beautifully structured -- is a very different picture from "Pan's Labyrinth." But there's no doubt that it springs from the same cathedral. Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Del Toro is almost alone in his ability to re-create on screen the wide-eyed exhilaration and disturbing grotesqueness that is the legacy of reading comics on the page.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Perlman's Red is hilarious, combining the gritty delivery of a film noir cop with the physiognomy of a horned behemoth. And the script, by del Toro and Mignola, alternates action smackdowns with sweet, goofy moments, like a scene in which Red and the lovelorn Abe drink beer and croon along with a Barry Manilow record.

    Slate Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    If the film is just as strange and endearing as its glowing protagonist -- and it is -- that's because the director and co-writer (with Mignola) is Guillermo del Toro, 43, who has the wildest imagination and grandest ambitions of anybody in modern movies.

    Time Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Not to disparage the f/x guys, but what's onscreen in Hellboy II is all about the seismic eruptions in del Toro's head. Comparing his work to most fantasy cinema is like comparing cave drawings to the Cathedral of Cologne.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Hugely inventive -- and smashingly beautiful.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    As he has done in all his movies, from creature features such as "Mimic" to serious dramas such as "Pan's Labyrinth," del Toro creates unforgettable images, filled with color, texture, lyricism and horror.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Imagine the forges of hell crossed with the extraterrestrial saloon on Tatooine, and you have a notion of Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    It's a dry, mundane title. It's also the only thing about the film that doesn't blow your mind right out of its comfortable, I've-seen-all-this-before rut.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The Golden Army dazzles like something out of "Jason and the Argonauts." To make a comic-book fantasy this derivative yet this dazzling requires more than technique. It takes a director in touch with his inner hellboy.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Ron Perlman returns as the film's loveable title character, a demon gone good who's tough on the outside but tender underneath, with a soft spot for kittens, candy, and babies.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    The endlessly inventive del Toro creates visual fantasies unlike any other, and the creatures on display here are truly extraordinary. But amid all the costumes, all the action, and all the special effects, it's the humanity that makes his work so memorable. Yes, the monsters are amazing. But the moment when a heartsick Hellboy discovers Barry Manilow? Priceless.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    Better than the first in some ways: the superfluous Agent Meyers is gone, Doug Jones is great as Abe, and Strauss is an amusing addition (if almost structurally identical to Kroenen).

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    As much Tolkien's baby as Mignola's, this has more heart and humour than most fantasy films can dream of. Hellaciously good.

    Empire Full Review
  • Chuck Wilson

    Despite the rosary beads Red wraps around his wrist, Hellboy II doesn't have much on its mind, but few will care since del Toro and his stellar "Pan's Labyrinth" team, including Oscar-winning cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, stage one virtuoso set-piece after another.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    It's not perfect -- thank Satan! -- but Hellboy II: The Golden Army is by far the most splendidly imaginative and creatively uncorked piece of fantastic cinema since the director's "Pan's Labyrinth" netted an Oscar trifecta in 2007.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    A surprise package of fun, fright and untamed imagination.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The movie overall is engaging, though it's more cavalier regarding story and relentless in its action than its predecessor.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    The talented fantasy filmmaker and heir to the "Lord of the Rings" throne gets the tone right throughout Hellboy 2, and the hip retro charm alone is enough to merit recommendation.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    The same super-heated visual imagination that made Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" such a darkly thrilling delight is very much in evidence in his sequel to "Hellboy." It's a shame that it's at the service of such a blandly conventional story.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Highly imaginative and consistently amusing without pretensions.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Of all the comic book movies that have spun out of theaters this long and pulpy summer, Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy II: The Golden Army is the most unapologetically comic book-y.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Hellboy II is solid entertainment, but it's a shame such blemishes prevent it from achieving a higher level.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    The sheer volume of amazing things that del Toro is able to mine from his unconscious and render plausibly on the screen is remarkable. Hellboy II feels pretty sequel-y, as these things go, but there's a lot in it that has no precedent of any kind, anywhere, ever. That stuff makes it worthwhile.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • William Arnold

    It definitely gives us our money's worth in the sheer volume of its imaginative fantasy creatures and it's that rare superhero-movie sequel that's better than the original.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Del Toro stuffs the film with wit and wonderments. Yet, coming out this superhero summer, it plays like a lovingly crafted synthesis of every fantasy saga we've seen in the past decade.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Hellboy II comes across as an original. But being original is not always the same thing as being wonderful.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The whole affair is pulpy, jokey, sometimes touching and frequently nonsensical: a big mess and, mostly, a lot of fun.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joshua Katzman

    A funny, offbeat superhero flick.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Despite all of the hideous critters Hellboy encounters, there is a hint that things are considerably weirder elsewhere.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Goes somewhere the first "Hellboy" never ventured: into the Realms of Tedium.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Stuart Levine

    It's in the script, however, that del Toro the writer falls a wee bit short of del Toro the visionary.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Like a lot of well-staged parties, though, the affair peaks shortly after the introductions, and then devolves into intrigues, fights and mayhem.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Fanboys won't mind the absence of depth or emotion; they may even welcome it for making the film more representative of its comic-book origins. The rest of us, however, cannot rejoice at the overspending and overkill likely to come in Hellboy III.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The best scene is when Hellboy and Abe get drunk and sing out raucously, which after "Hancock" suggests a trend toward superhero alcoholism.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
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