This afternoon, I went to see Wall-E and Hancock. The former is every bit as good as everyone says. The latter, while not as good as the former, is way better than everyone says. Hancock getting a 42 on Metacritic or a 37 percent (!) on RottenTomatoes is absurd. The film has some serious flaws, but also some very real virtues. David Denby, one of the few critics who liked it, goes overboard by calling it “by far the most enjoyable big movie of the summer” (that’s Iron Man) but it is good.
I would analogize Hancock to Starship Troopers — an innovative and actually pretty arty film miscast as a genre summer blockbuster that will be a critical and commercial failure but later come to be appreciated.