Ebert: "Weird and Lovable" / Roeper: "Lost Its Confidence Along the Way" Famed film critics Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper have posted their early review of 'Hellboy' on their website in audio form. The short version - Ebert liked it, Roeper didn't. The long version: Ebert says that lead Ron Perlman does a good job of "making Hellboy weird and lovable", and that director Guillermo del Toro brings an "entertaining sense of style". Ebert also praised "the whole relationship between Hellboy and 'Flame-Girl'", in reference to Hellboy's romance with pyrokinetic Liz Sherman. Roeper, on the other hand, claims to have "loved about 49 percent of this movie, but I hated 51 percent of it so I'm going to give this film thumbs down." He concedes that Perlman's performance is a success, and also that "the first hour is so much fun...but then you do get those slimy creatures", which he found tedious. "A great sense of spirit and a lot of humor, but then it lost its confidence along the way," he claims - although he is open to another go in a sequel. If Ebert enjoyed it then I probably will.