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Plot Summary for Hellboy (2004)

In the final days of World War II, the Nazis attempt to use black magic to aid their dying cause. The Allies raid the camp where the ceremony is taking place, but not before a demon - Hellboy - has already been conjured. Joining the Allied forces, Hellboy eventually grows to adulthood, serving the cause of good rather than evil. (The whole Story)

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By CHRIS GARCIA: 3.5 out of 5 stars
"It's weird and funny, and del Toro and Perlman sustain this swirling tone of dislocation throughout the picture, which could profit from a good 20-minute trim."
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Chicago Tribune
By MARK CARO: 3 out of 5 stars
"'Hellboy' isn't different enough from all of those comic-book movies to make the effort worthwhile."
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Los Angeles Times
By MANHOLA DARGIS: 3 out of 5 stars
"The big red one muscles through the plot with admirable vigor, but [director] Del Toro fails to push the story and its weird potential with comparable energy."
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MSNBC
By JOHN HARTL: 3 out of 5 stars
"...'Hellboy' is surprisingly self-deprecating. Itís also so focused on mocking itself that it fails to develop much narrative momentum or tension."
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New York Times
By ELVIS MITCHELL: 4.5 out of 5 stars
"Mr. del Toro lets loose with an all-American, vaudevillian rambunctiousness that makes the movie daffy, loose and lovable."
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STORY

Released from the underworld in 1944 by evil Russian puppet master Grigori Rasputin (Karel Roden) and a crew of Nazis as part of Hitler's plan to use occult powers to turn the tide of World War II, Hellboy is rescued and raised by kindly Professor Broom (John Hurt). Years later, in present-day Manhattan, the big red demon (Ron Perlman, who at this point must have spent more of his life in a makeup chair than out of one) smokes cigars, tosses off wisecracks, and fights otherworldly baddies for the secretive Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. He's joined by the water-dwelling Abe Sapien (played by Doug Jones, voiced by David Hyde Pierce) and fresh-faced FBI agent John Myers (Rupert Evans), the professor's designated Hellboy handler-in-training. When Rasputin resurfaces and unleashes a horde of evil spirits on the city in an attempt to finish what he started back in the '40s, Hellboy and Co. (including fetching pyro Liz Sherman, played by Selma Blair) must face the dark magician in a no-holds-barred supernatural showdown that (naturally) will determine the fate of the world.


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