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YMMV / Hulk

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The "puny human" scene where the Hulk bursts out of Bruce's mirror made for a great teaser trailer, and makes sense as broad symbolism of the conflict between Bruce's fears and psychoses. It was included in the movie... in the middle of a fall off a fighter plane. Bruce was dreaming it, but it makes no sense in the context of the fighter jet attack.
    • Betty tells Bruce about a nightmare she had. It begins with a memory of her as a little girl eating ice cream with her father, only for him to have to leave her there when he receives an alarm from his base. Betty panics from being left alone, and a bright green mushroom cloud booms behind her. Then adult Bruce shows up and strangles her. The end.
  • Broken Base: The film did alright with critics but was ultimately a box office bust. It broke even and had a "sequel"/reboot made five years later. It was (in)famous for the Internet Backdraft that accompanied its release, especially when a full cut was leaked for download to much nerd rage. Surprisingly, despite the reboot taking the opposite track both films did almost exactly the same with critics and financially (though the reboot has a far higher Imdb rating), which may be a measure of how popular the character is in the mainstream. Nonetheless, the 2003 film is slowly becoming something of a Cult Classic in certain circles; whatever else you can say about it, it's certainly not a film people feel neutral about.

  • Critical Dissonance: It's very interesting to view this in comparison to the 2008 The Incredible Hulk in how it was received. This film is generally considered long and boring by regular moviegoers, but the critics tended to like it for its focus on character pieces and big ideas over the violence and CGI. The '08 film had a greater amount of fans agreeing with the critics, but some lamented how the new film took away the big ideas to put in more action and typical comics stuff. Besides all of that information, both films did about the same at the box office.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Sam Elliot's portrayal of General Ross was extremely well received by the fans.
  • Faux Symbolism: The movie frequently cuts to closeups of moss. That's right, moss. The only hint we get about it on the DVD Commentary is that moss is green like the Hulk...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Hulk hijacking a fighter plane? Except this time he loses, if only just barely.
  • Moment of Awesome: The Hulk's rampage after breaking free of the military base.
  • Narm:
  • Moral Event Horizon: David Banner using Bruce as his personal guinea pig for his experiments, and after Ross throws him off the project, triggering a nuclear explosion of the military lab (and it's strongly implied the explosion took many lives, and caused the entire town to be abandoned), and then trying to kill Bruce and accidentally killing his wife instead- all in front of Bruce.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games/No Problem with Licensed Games: Whichever category the tie-in game falls into depends on who you ask. Points towards the former include weak segments as Banner, mostly corridor-based level design, and and a somewhat disjointed storyline. Points toward the latter include the very comic book-esque look, challenging levels, simple-but-fun gameplay, and the Catharsis Factor.
  • Special Effects Failure: The Hulk himself is accused of being this because of his skin color. The Hulk Dogs on the other hand never had a chance. The 2008 film addressed the skin color problem, but as consequence made him shiny in some shots.
    • The aforementioned freeze-frame death.
  • True Art Is Angsty
  • Uncanny Valley: Hulk's green CGI skin was completely opaque, which unsettled a lot of people.
  • Vindicated by History: A unique example. Hulk's still got a bad rating in IMDB (usually only around 6), but many hardcore comic book fans and amateur movie critics has started to praising the movie's good quality aside the score (such as the movie's analogy on Hulk's virtually unlimited strength in the last action scene, where Bruce defeated his father by released a very large ammount of gamma energy, turned him into a large bubble). The movement has been there since at least 2006
  • Wangst: One of the film's criticisms was that there was too much of this and not enough smashing.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Among other things, the nuclear explosion associated with the classic Hulk origin is alluded to by the nuclear self-destruct going off when David kills Bruce's mother in front of him — the moment the Hulk was truly born.
    • The ending also involves the the four classical elements, earth, air, fire, water. The absorbing man transforms into an electrical being and fights the Hulk in the form of a thunderstorm (air), then melds with a mountain (earth), and then turns into a watery being in the nearby lake (water). The Hulk, as a source of energy and heat in that scene, with a green fiery aura at one point, would identify with fire.