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At Theaters: 6/20/2003 On Video: 10/28/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 18 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419917
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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What if you always had someone around to look out for you? That at those moments of stress and escalating violence, someone appears - an ever-present avenger, fueled by righteous anger and possessing unequalled strength - and vanquishes the antagonist, rights the wrong, settles the score. Without remorse. Without consequence. Without memory. And what if that someone…was you?
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Sci-Fi Action Adventure - This is a comic book-based adventure film with a surprising amount of drama to go with the effects and action sequences.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Eric Bana BLACK HAWK DOWN
Jennifer Connelly A BEAUTIFUL MIND, POLLOCK, WAKING THE DEAD
Sam Elliott WE WERE SOLDIERS
Nick Nolte THE GOOD THIEF, SIMPATICO, BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS
Josh Lucas SWEET HOME ALABAMA, THE DEEP END
Director: Ang Lee CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
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About The Production
The Human Element
A Being, Green
Comic Origins
Weird Science
The Hulk Interactive Game
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 S-word, 1 GD, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Fleeting nudity in a non-sexual context.
VIOLENCE: Violent fights and many scenes of destruction.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some brief alcohol use.
ACTION: Fights, gunplay, chases, destruction.
COMEDY: None.
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Above Average

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Very Good "Hulk represents the most involving superhero motion picture since Superman soared skywards in 1978. By taking its time to develop characters and situations, Hulk does what so many action/adventure movies fail to do - allow us to really feel for the protagonists.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "Ang Lee has boldly taken the broad outlines of a comic book story and transformed them to his own purposes; this is a comic book movie for people who wouldn't be caught dead at a comic book movie.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "Lee tries to spruce it all up with heavy use of split-screen, which is sometimes clever and sometimes distracting. But nothing can distract us from the overriding reality that too much of Hulk is a sulk.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "The entirely computer-generated Hulk is a surprisingly expressive creation — it certainly gives a better performance than Connelly — but the action is late in coming and feels like a long set-up for the inevitable sequel.''

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 126 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
26
Very High
96%
13-19Teens (F)
11
Fairly High
73%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
37
Fairly High
89%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
13
Fairly Low
69%
30+Adults (M)
24
High
92%
30+Adults (F)
15
Fairly Low
67%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

These are some wildly varying opinions. The only age/gender group with enough opinions to be accurate is the teen females, which is obviously this movies target audience. Less than half of them really liked it. The remaining ones rated it "Good" to "Fair/Poor" and that's not good. It's very rare to see teen females give such low opinions for a movie targeted at them. I would not recommend this movie at full ticket price. Your chances of enjoying it are pretty low. If you're determined to see it, you might want to see a matinee to save a few bucks, just in case.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
The comic book adventure has enough effects and action to make it a big blockbuster, but the slower pace may leave action-minded audiences a little disappointed. However, the headier ideas presented may give the film a surprising appeal to older audiences.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Scientist Bruce Banner (ERIC BANA) has, to put it mildly, anger management issues. His quiet life as a brilliant researcher working with cutting edge genetic technology conceals a nearly forgotten and painful past. His ex-girlfriend and equally brilliant fellow researcher, Betty Ross (Academy Award. winner JENNIFER CONNELLY), has tired of Bruce's cordoned off emotional terrain and resigns herself to remaining an interested onlooker to his quiet life. 

Which is exactly where Betty finds herself during one of the early trials in Banner's groundbreaking research. A simple oversight leads to an explosive situation and Bruce makes a split-second decision; his heroic impulse saves a life and leaves him apparently unscathed—his body absorbing a normally deadly dose of gamma radiation. …And yet, something is happening. Vague morning-after effects. Blackouts. Unexpected fallout from the experiment gone awry. Banner begins to feel some kind of a presence within, a stranger who feels familiar, slightly dangerous and yet darkly attractive. 

All the while, a massive creature—a rampaging, impossibly strong being who comes to be known as the Hulk—continues its sporadic appearances, cutting a swath of destruction, leaving Banner's lab in shambles and his house with blown out walls. The military is engaged, led by Betty's father, General "Thunderbolt” Ross (SAM ELLIOTT), along with rival researcher Glenn Talbot (JOSH LUCAS), and both personal vendettas and familial ties come into play, heightening the danger and raising the stakes in the escalating emergency. 

Betty Ross has her theories, and she knows the shadowy figure lurking in the background, Bruce's father, David (NICK NOLTE), is somehow connected. She may be the only one who understands the link between scientist and the Hulk, but her efforts to stop the military threat, deploying every weapon in its attempt to capture the monster, may be too late to save both man and creature.
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