rating: ** 1/2 out of 5
quick shot: ron perlman brings hellboy to life, embodying hellboy both physically and emotionally.
what i liked about the film: the look, the story pace, and the comedic elements.
what i didn't like: the ending was slightly disappointing, when it had every opportunity to be stronger. perhaps a director's cut of the dvd - which i think is scheduled later this year - will prove to make a better film than the current version.