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Wolf (1994)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 3

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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

Oct 21, 1997

Columbia Pictures

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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.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Nichols has crafted a rapturous romantic thriller with a darkly comic subtext about what kills human values.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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It's a wonderfully entertaining and beautifully performed film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Monster movies are supposed to frighten the audience; this one fails utterly in that arena.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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A guaranteed good time for anyone looking for a different kind of horror film...

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Mike Nichols' underrated 1994 hybrid not only of wolf and man, but also of satire and eccentric film that may well be regarded, decades hence, as a movie classic. [Blu-ray]

October 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

With the always edgy, slightly demonic, and predictably unpredictable Jack Nicholson as the wolf man, it actually works . . . almost.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Glossy werewolf horror/comedy that fails to make its mark on the genre.

January 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (2)
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Worth it to see Nicholson the wolf in fang-to-fang battle.

August 14, 2007

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.

December 21, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Up until the rote ending, an elegant and witty take on the werewolf story.

May 11, 2006
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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.

March 5, 2006

Plenty of Howl, Little Bite

March 31, 2005
Film Threat

Cerebral werewolf yarn that just doesn't work.

December 4, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Never succeeds in recreating the classics.

July 1, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

'Jack Nicholson as a lycanthrope' is an interesting pitch, and it makes for a decent enough film.

April 16, 2003

Nicholson has rarely been better than here, walking the line between the refinement of society and the pleasures of things more elemental.

October 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

...had the script been any good, Nicholson would have been the perfect choice to play a "civilized" man wrestling with the beast within.

October 30, 2002 Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Will speak to both your inner animal and your civilized soul.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A different approach to the werewolf saga, aided by Nicholson's bizarre performance

August 13, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

It is movies like Wolf that reinvigorate the movie fan lurking inside us all, showing us that commercial and artistic success can truly coexist in modern cinema.

March 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for Wolf


Jack Nicholson is totally commmited into his role and is probably the best part of this horror flick. Well it wasn't scary at all so I wouldn't actually call it horror. I enjoyed the premise of Wolf more than the actual film. It's got decent direction and a few laughs but it was aggresively unamibitious in it's execution. It could have been better but I enjoyed Nicholson and the attempt at something better than a production line werewolf movie. It's very cheesy and it isn't good but then again it isn't bad either.
March 31, 2012
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Mike Nichols directs this update of the wolfman myth with Jack Nicholson as the victim/monster. Here its played interestingly as sort of a desirable thing, a fountain of youth, an answer to societal submissiveness. Michelle Pfieffer adds spice as the woman drawn into it.
October 2, 2011

Super Reviewer

Hm. Not great for sure, but not terrible. The end was pretty dumb.
July 31, 2011
Curtis Lilly

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Wolf is quite dated now and it's very cheesy but take it with a pinch of salt and a knowing wink and you'll enjoy it. Mike Nichols is quite a hit and miss director but this is the first of his films where I've been right in the middle with.
April 19, 2011

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    1. 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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