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Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) (2008)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 213
Fresh: 185
Rotten: 28

Critics Consensus: Guillermo del Toro crafts a stellar comic book sequel, boasting visuals that are as imaginative as the characters are endearing.

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 41
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: Guillermo del Toro crafts a stellar comic book sequel, boasting visuals that are as imaginative as the characters are endearing.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 820,393

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Movie Info

Ron Perlman returns to the role of the big red BPRD agent in this sequel to 2004's Hellboy, directed once again by Guillermo del Toro and scripted as before in collaboration with original Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. For centuries, an ancient truce has kept the na´ve citizens of the human race safe from the horrors of the invisible realm -- but that's all about to change, and fast. A ruthless leader has emerged in the invisible realm, a tyrant just as comfortable walking the surface realm as he … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and some language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Guillermo del Toro
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Nov 11, 2008
Box Office:
$75.8M
Runtime:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2)

All Critics (213) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (185) | Rotten (28) | DVD (7)

The parade of creatures Del Toro and his team have come up with as this scenario unfolds, starting with a tour of the legendary Troll Market that one-ups the Mos Eisley cantina scene in Star Wars, will make you want to tip your hat in wonder.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Let's hope Universal stays the course and gives us that opportunity. People as creative as del Toro and his gang need all the support we can give them.

Full Review… | April 15, 2013
CNN.com
Top Critic

Despite its comic-book trappings, Hellboy II, even more so than its predecessor, Hellboy, resembles nothing so much as an art film phantasmagoria.

Full Review… | April 15, 2013
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Del Toro's previous film, the complex, visually arresting Pan's Labyrinth, demonstrated his growth as a filmmaker, and though the themes here aren't as profound, the striking set design and use of nonhuman characters carry over.

Full Review… | April 15, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This film is happy to coast on its good humor and brilliant action pieces. Fair enough, since del Toro has taken the poetry of some of his best work and butched it up, creating some of the most amazing-looking creatures and battles of his career.

Full Review… | April 15, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

In the end I found myself pulling for the bad guy -- because at least he was interesting.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

Hellboy II: The Golden Army zips from tense showdown to eerie spectacle at particle-accelerator speed.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
San Diego Union-Tribune

Guillermo del Toro's mastery of fantasy film-making and his understanding of the multi-faceted richness of the genre guides this sequel to visually imaginative and intricately detailed heights.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
Radio Times

For all its gorgeous freakishness, the movie is even more about love and friendship than the first one was.

Full Review… | April 15, 2013
Boston Phoenix

If the first Hellboy was about the loss of our fathers and the mystery of where we come from, Hellboy II centers on where we are going, and what we do when the mantle passes.

Full Review… | February 6, 2013
Projection Booth

Easily the most enjoyable of recent comic-book movies.

Full Review… | June 18, 2012
Sight and Sound

It wouldn't be classic del Toro without the razzle-dazzle. The Golden Army provide that as they finally rise up, but even in the culminating moments of battle, it is del Toro's feel for human grace that shines through.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

Style over substance, no doubt, but when you've got this much style who cares?

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
What Culture

hile the production design, creatures and many visuals benefit greatly from del Toro's unabashed imagination being allowed to run free, the script is even more enslaved to the mechanically cobbled together conventions of everyday Summer blockbusters.

Full Review… | April 5, 2011
Dark Horizons

Hellboy II is still very entertaining, even if it is simultaneously a little lackluster, and fans of the original are sure to like it. It probably won't hold up well on repeat viewings though.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011
ComingSoon.net

Thank goodness, then, for Guillermo del Toro, who puts the comic back into comic book with his hugely entertaining Hellboy sequel.

Full Review… | November 19, 2010
Movie Talk

Army fulfills every sci-fi fantasy around, but watching Hellboy find his purpose, contemplate his newly complicated future, or recall his past is where the real awe of the premise is found, not by dancing the "Monster Mash" until your eyes bleed.

Full Review… | June 2, 2010
BrianOrndorf.com

An unfulfilling show

Full Review… | August 26, 2009
CinePassion

Even with the quirky superhero conflicts, there isn't a line you have not heard or a fight you cannot predict.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
BET.com

Impressiona pela escala e pela criatividade.

Full Review… | September 5, 2008
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2)

½

The infernal superhero and his team reunite to stop an elfin prince from reawakening a dormant robotic army to wage war on mankind. One thing that you can take for granted when it comes to films by Del Toro is that it IS going to look absolutely fantastic, and so it does. The wonderful art design shares the look of some of his earlier gothic fairytales such as Pan's Labyrinth, as well as the combination of fantasy and eco-message that is the trademark of Myazaki (the most visually extraordinary example being the stunning death of the forest elemental.) The troll's market is also worth a mention, which is akin to a Tim Burton reinvention of Mos Eisley, but as I said, we always knew that the imagery was never going to be in question. The story has a combination of fantastic creatures, epic battles and Men In Black style visual gags that comes across as The Return Of The King with a sense of humour. The jokes aren't top drawer, but it's always amusing and the frenetic action sequences are exciting and fun. Perlman is as reliable as always and Luke Goss once more is a charismatic and multi-layered bad guy, the only real weaknesses being the corn infested love interests; in fact I couldn't help thinking that the darker edges of Del Toro's vision were probably tempered in an attempt to appeal to the Harry Potter market. As a whole though, it's a lot of fun and as always seems to be the way with superhero movies is rather better than the first one.

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½

Guillermo del Toro's sequel to his 2004 comic-book-success is humorous, exciting and majestic as it explores a whole different realm of the Dark-Horse-adaptation. Ron Perlman once again gives a smart and distinct performance with laughable dialogue and action all around. 4.5/5

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Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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Monster mash springs to mind with this sequel hehe its good, plain and simple. With a better story line and more action this Hellboy is a better animal than the first. The film looks really good, its dark, gloomy and goth and at the same time bright, full of imagination and kinda mythical. Everyone looks great..'old Red', 'Abe', 'Liz' and newcomer/leader of the team the 'Professor Krauss'. The effects and makeup are really nice on all characters and some monsters yet lacking on others.

Some creatures do look a little plastic or rubbery (in the troll market) and kinda basic really. Yet the bean monster and tooth fairies look smooth and sexy haha.
Other ideas are clearly from Del Toro, maybe too much so as it reminds you of 'Pans Labyrinth' abit. Another little gripe is the troll market which to be honest is a slight take on the 'Star Wars' cantina/Mos Eisley scenes and [I]Diagon alley[/I] from 'Harry Potter', and it doesn't look as good as either mentioned.

Its a cracking film overall which looks so much nicer than the first and is much more easy to take after the weird Rasputin based baddie plot last time, this seems much more fluid. I just wish they would make it abit darker for the adult audience, this film yearns for a slightly edgey feel, the humor is great but its still alittle childish. A touch of blood and gore, just a hint of nastyness or grim goth violence haha.

Nothing extreme like 'Robocop' but along the lines of 'Blade' maybe, but not as serious as 'Blade'. Maybe for Hellboy 3, lets just hope we dont have a Hellboy and his kids plotline or we will be in for a family based plot *groan*

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Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Hellboy 2) Quotes


Hellboy:
I'd give my life for her, but she still wants me to do the dishes.
– Submitted by Andrew O (16 months ago)
Prince Nuada:
Demon! What are you waiting for? This is what you want, isn't it? Look at it. The last of its kind, like you and I. If you destroy it, the world will never see its kind again... You have more in common with us than with them. You could be a king... If you cannot command, then you must obey.
– Submitted by Typhon Q (2 years ago)
Prince Nuada:
Let this remind you why you once feared the dark...
– Submitted by Typhon Q (2 years ago)
Liz Sherman:
Open wide.
– Submitted by Salvatore R (2 years ago)
Prince Nuada:
You will pay for what happened to my friend down there!
Hellboy:
Take Checks?
– Submitted by Guido M (2 years ago)
Hellboy:
You woke up the baby.
– Submitted by Guido M (2 years ago)

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