The early reviews are in for Neil Marshall's reboot of Hellboy, and the results are not looking good at all.
With the first 33 professional critic reviews in for the Dark Horse Comics adaptation, Hellboy's score on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes debuted Wednesday at an abysmal 9 percent. It's since clawed its way to 13 percent as more reviews were added.
For comparison, the original 2004 film by Guillermo Del Toro starring Ron Perlman in the title role has a critics' score of 81 percent, while its 2008 sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army, also directed by Del Toro and starring Perlman, has a critics score of 86 percent, the best for the franchise's three cinematic adaptations.
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While the upcoming reboot's final score will likely fluctuate as it receives a wide theatrical opening this weekend, it does not bode well for the film. In his advance review for the film, CBR's Brandon Zachary observed that the film has moments of grandeur but is ultimately "incredibly weird and poorly written, but it's never boring."
Arriving April 12, director Neil Marshall’s Hellboy stars David Harbour as Hellboy, Ian McShane as Trevor Bruttenholm, Milla Jovovich as Nimue, Sasha Lane as Alice Monaghan, Penelope Mitchell as Ganeida and Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio.