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Jack Nicholson becomes a werewolf in this bizarre comedy-horror film directed by Mike Nichols. Nicholson plays Will Randall, a book editor with a testosterone deficit who has just been sacked at his publishing firm by a new boss, Raymond Alden (Christopher Plummer). A colleague, Stewart Swinton (James Spader), whom Randall thought was his friend, betrays him. Randall's personality changes after he hits a wolf with his car and gets bitten by the creature. He immediately feels more powerful, has
Jun 17, 1994 Wide
Oct 21, 1997
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If he'd followed through, Mike Nichols might have made a brilliant picture -- seems he just couldn't bear to look a gift wolf in the mouth.
Nichols has crafted a rapturous romantic thriller with a darkly comic subtext about what kills human values.
A sometimes shaky, always enchanting Beauty and the Beast story for grown-ups that is the very essence of smart fun -- droll, sophisticated and surprisingly, pleasingly light.
An effective attempt to place a werewolf story in an incongruous setting, with the closely observed details of that setting used to make the story seem more believable.
Monster movies are supposed to frighten the audience; this one fails utterly in that arena.
A guaranteed good time for anyone looking for a different kind of horror film...
Mike Nichols' underrated 1994 hybrid not only of wolf and man, but also of satire and horror...an eccentric film that may well be regarded, decades hence, as a movie classic. [Blu-ray]
With the always edgy, slightly demonic, and predictably unpredictable Jack Nicholson as the wolf man, it actually works . . . almost.
Worth it to see Nicholson the wolf in fang-to-fang battle.
Director Mike Nichols emphasizes the film's Kafkaesque metamorphosis, a metaphor for the nightmarish experience of becoming different from most people and less valued; I won't be surprised if some viewers see it as allegory about AIDS.
Up until the rote ending, an elegant and witty take on the werewolf story.
On the surface a literate werewolf thriller, the subtext of Mike Nichols' Wolf is a sharp critique about what it takes to succeed in the cutthroat corporate world.
Plenty of Howl, Little Bite
Cerebral werewolf yarn that just doesn't work.
Never succeeds in recreating the classics.
'Jack Nicholson as a lycanthrope' is an interesting pitch, and it makes for a decent enough film.
Nicholson has rarely been better than here, walking the line between the refinement of society and the pleasures of things more elemental.
...had the script been any good, Nicholson would have been the perfect choice to play a "civilized" man wrestling with the beast within.
A different approach to the werewolf saga, aided by Nicholson's bizarre performance
- Will Randall: I've never loved anybody this way. Never looked at a woman and thought, if civilization fails, if the world ends, I'll still understand what God meant.
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