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When two Hulks collide, which one rules?


norton.jpg The two movie versions of Marvel comic book character the Incredible Hulk can never truly battle on the streets, but at movie box offices and on the film review pages, the latest green giant in “The Incredible Hulk” is being compared to his 2003 predecessor in 2003′s “The Hulk.”

The critics are not universally pleased with “The Incredible Hulk,” directed by Louis Leterrier and starring Edward Norton. It opened on Friday and captured the No. 1 position at box offices with $55 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales. Then again, critics also had mixed praise for its predecessor, directed by Ang Lee and starring Eric Bana. Some reviewers described it as an art-house treatment of a superhero comic but opened to $62 million on its debut weekend.

The latest “Incredible Hulk” movie has a slight edge among critics. Yahoo! movies gave the film, starring Edward Norton, a “B-” rating among reviewers, and a “B+” from Yahoo! users. That compares to a “B-” and a “C” respectively for the 2003 movie.

The Web site compares the two films and finds that “The Incredible Hulk” comes out on top. The movie is “simple but deep it its own instinctual way,” reviewer Beau DeMayo wrote on the site. The 2003 “Hulk” gets “lost in its own murky head,” DeMayo wrote.