“Hellboy” opened in theaters this weekend to some of the worst reviews of the year for a nationwide release (read IndieWire’s C- review here). The R-rated adaptation of Mike Mignola’s comic book series, starring David Harbour in the title role, currently has a 15% on Rotten Tomatoes from 158 reviews. The only thing more brutal than the film’s critical reaction was its opening weekend, in which it underperformed with $12 million against a $50 million production budget. One cast member standing up to the critical beating is Milla Jovovich, who plays the film’s villainous Blood Queen Nimue.
“It’s always stressful on opening weekend and ‘Hellboy’ is no different,” Jovovich recently shared on social media in the face of bad reviews. “You work super hard to make something fun and entertaining and have to absorb the negative reviews by movie critics, but hey! That’s showbiz, baby. All I’m gonna say before going to bed is this: All my raddest films have been slammed by critics. It’s fucking hilarious. ‘Dazed and Confused’? Seriously? Classic movie. ‘The Fifth Element’! You would have thought that was the worst movie ever made if you read the reviews in like ‘98. ‘Zoolander’? Slammed. ‘Joan of Arc’? Disaster. ‘Resident Evil’? Let’s not even go there. Anyway, every one of those films is now a cult classic. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. And this will be too. Mark my words.”
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Jovovich went on to praise her cast members for their efforts on the film, including Harbour and co-stars Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, and Ian McShane. The actress assured fans they would “have a blast” watching the new “Hellboy” film despite what critics wrote in reviews. Jovovich ended her post by seeing the positive in some of the negative reactions. Reacting to a critical dig calling the film “a loud gory mess only a teenager would love,” the actress responded, “Hell yeah, Hellboy! Let’s have some fun.”
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“Hellboy” is now playing in theaters nationwide courtesy of Lionsgate. Read Jovovich’s full post in response to negative reviews below.
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It’s always stressful on opening weekend and @hellboymovie is no different. You work super hard to make something fun and entertaining and have to absorb the negative reviews by movie critics, but hey! THAT’S SHOWBIZ BABY.? All I’m gonna say before going to bed is this: All my raddest films have been slammed by critics. It’s fucking hilarious. Dazed and Confused? Seriously? Classic movie. The Fifth Element! You would have thought that was the worst movie ever made if you read the reviews in like ‘98?. Zoolander? Slammed. Joan of Arc? Disaster. Resident Evil? Let’s not even go there. Anyway, every one of those films is now a cult classic. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. And this will be too. Mark my words. Why? 1. Because of the amazing actors. David Harbour. Ian Mcshane. Daniel Dae Kim. Sasha Lane. They are all so damn wonderful and talented, the movie is worth seeing just because they’re in it, especially one that’s so much fun to experience as this is. 2. @mikemignola who created the #Hellboy comics helped write the script and was on set every single day to make this film as close to his vision as possible. 3. It was directed by one of the greats. #NeilMarshall who brought us “The Descent”. One of the greatest horror movies ever. Trust me, you’re gonna have a blast watching the new @hellboymovie. I mean, one critic said “it’s a loud, gory mess only a teenager would love.”?????HELL yea Hellboy! Let’s have some fun! And with that, I wish you all a good night! Xo m?