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The Wolfman (2010)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 210
Fresh: 72 | Rotten: 138

Suitably grand and special effects-laden, The Wolfman suffers from a suspense-deficient script and a surprising lack of genuine chills.


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 24

Suitably grand and special effects-laden, The Wolfman suffers from a suspense-deficient script and a surprising lack of genuine chills.



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Lawrence Talbot's childhood ended the night his mother died. After he left the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor, he spent decades trying to forget. When his brother's fiancée, Gwen Conliffe, tracks him down to help find her missing love, Talbot returns home to join the search. He learns that something with brute strength and insatiable bloodlust has been killing the villagers. As he pieces together the gory puzzle, he hears of an ancient curse that turns the afflicted into werewolves when


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Andrew Kevin Walker, David Self

Jun 1, 2010


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When the beast finally bursts forth, the character becomes, for the most part, a digitally augmented blur -- there's no room for a performance underneath all the 0s and 1s.

February 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comment (1)
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With its mist-shrouded sets, gruesome slaughter and copious CGI, this is a surprisingly respectful updating of the 1941 Universal original.

February 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Benicio Del Toro stars in this lushly art-designed 19th-century period film, but his beefcake-gone-bad magnetism is not enough to justify sitting through a movie that's full of sound, fury and unintentional camp -- and is still bafflingly inert.

February 12, 2010 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Actors fulminate and masticate, spit, scowl and sob; what a gas it is to watch them overact with joy and conviction.

February 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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An ill-considered, utterly unnecessary remake.

February 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The Wolfman, hokey and uneven though it is, [has] the kind of authentic emotional hook that too many horror movies today don't have.

February 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Who would have thought that only six weeks into 2010 we would have a contender for worst film of the year?

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass

There is a better movie in here, lost in the edit and screaming to get out, but unfortunately, this Wolfman is howling at a moon that's only half-full.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source:

The movie keeps the traditional look of the Wolfman and uses a mixture of practical effects and digital wizardry.

July 31, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
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It truly is a modern spin on a classic, in almost all of the worst ways.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Given its troubled path to the big screen, The Wolfman (2010) is far better than it has any right to be.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

I was dumbly entertained in spite of (or maybe because of) all that.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

What's missing in this Wolfman is something timeless: the human cost that gives tragic meaning to the metamorphosis and potential cure.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Joe Johnston turns a classic monster into an anaemic bore.

December 31, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

The only thing scary about Joe Johnston's The Wolfman is that it exists. The fact that people, nay professionals, spent several years working on this picture genuinely upsets me.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix

I enjoyed it as a companion piece to the superior original...

October 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A slick update of the monster movie classic, The Wolfman features strong imagery and performances, yet is lacking in animal instinct.

July 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

While The Wolfman often veers towards the realm of camp, no irony is to be found herein.

July 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Comment (1)
Projection Booth

In the end, The Wolfman reminded me of a couple of people I have dated - achingly beautiful but emotionally barren, and just a tiny little bit scary.

July 4, 2010

Flounders in its stabs at epic action-horror grandeur.

June 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

It can't be a coincidence that all of the characters constantly talk about obligation. And Emily Blunt has the most telling line, "This place is impossible to escape." This was no doubt a professional edict for those on the set.

June 1, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

A glossy, good-looking production that never fully delivers on its promise of resurrecting one of the great movie monsters for a modern audience.

May 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

Like most of director Joe Johnston's work, solidly gets the job done as a brisk, bloody entertainment.

May 16, 2010 Full Review Source:

Lawrence's transformation is scary because he's a sympathetic character. ... His sophistication can't save him from reckless impulses. I risk making a fool of myself if I say this is timely and relevant.

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

This moody and violent remake has several terrific moments.

April 2, 2010 Full Review
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April 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews | Comments (2)

Audience Reviews for The Wolfman

As a remake 'The Wolfman' is as digitized as they get; offering what is supposed to be a dark insight into a land where the line between humanity and animosity is blurred and a savage werewolf brutally terrorizes Victorian Great Britain.

'The Wolfman' suffers with the self-made juxtaposition between what it strives to be and what it actually is. The few moments of thematic darkness are in vain when placed alongside the somewhat comedic, over the top violence and ungrounded tension. The films biggest problem however, is its overproduced mise-en-scene, its hard to suspend your disbelief when you're looking at something mediated within an inch of its life. A film attempting to deal with the raw, untameable nature of becoming a werewolf shouldn't take place in a land of carefully placed ?moody? shadow and glistening, overly clean Victorian attire, it should be an unstable journey into the mind of a man who is more beast then human.

Despite its flaws with tone and stylistic uncertainty 'The Wolfman' does have its upsides: an interesting soundtrack and some rare moments of eerie beauty... If only it knew what to do with them.
June 2, 2013
Cameron Sherwell

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The Wolfman wasn't half as bad as I'd been lead to believe. In fact I thought it was quite good as remakes go. It has added a little more action, a little more gore but still retains the mystery and just the right amount of cheese. It's not perfect but I think quite knowingly so. It's pretty entertaining throughout with a couple of stand-out exciting scenes, the only thing I don't really get is the casting of Benicio del Toro!?
June 8, 2012

Super Reviewer

The remake of the classic horror tale of a werewolf curse does start out quite promising. Without wasting much time, the beast attacks and our protagonist returns home to investigate in his brother's gruesome death. The atmosphere and setting during those early scenes are working quite well, the rural 19th century Britain is filmed rather nicely and the small villages and old manors look great. Sadly, once the curse takes hold of the protagonist, the film is getting more and more lazy. The transformation CGI is alright, but not mind-blowing and even the Oscar awarded make-up effects could have been better. The film does not take the easy path of giving us an evil and a noble werewolf, at the same time it makes it kind of difficult to care for a main character who shreds innocents to pieces. The rather predictable ending is the only possibly solution but still leaves you unsatisfied after a rather mediocre showdown. And what's even worse, it doesn't even address the possibility of the curse surviving the final confrontation. Genre fans could check it out, without expecting too much. Overall, the film is rather forgettable, even if partially well done.
April 10, 2012

Super Reviewer

Please note that this review is in regards to the theatrical version. I plan on watching the director's cut, and, depending on how that goes, may readjust my review and rating.

I has expecting a good amount from this movie. Unfortuantely, it left me unsatisfied. It's not terrible, but it's not really a whole lot more than average. I don't think that Joe Johnston is a hack, but I question if he was the right choice. I'm all for a director expanding their range, but I question if a more accomplished director (in general and with horror films specifically), would have been the way to go (depending of course, on the screenplay).

As it stands, it can be hard to successfully blend the violence and gore expected by modern viewers with a traditional gothic setting and atmosphere. It can be done, but it doesn't happen here. I liked some of the gore, but some of it seemed a bit unnecessary. Same goes for the effects. I liked that some of it was done practically, but it would have been excellent to see all of it done practically, or with even less CG. I appreciated that they wisely decided to retain the Victorian era setting instead of doing something stupid like setting it in contemporary times.

Considering that two Oscar winners appear in this, you'd think the acting would have been better. It's not. It doesn't suck, but a lot is left ot be desired. Hugo Weaving has some awesome mutton chops though, and, even though Emily Blunt is pretty, the quick glimpse of side boob from her seemed pointless.

I like the general concept and story, but the specific plot and story for this film needed work. It's a shame considering Andrew Kevin Walker was involved in the writing. I expect a lot better from him. The big twist was revealed way too early, seemed telegrahed anyway, and wasn't handled very well. .I did like the music though, and the camera work was also quite nice, as was the art direction. That's probably where this film excells the most. Too bad the story and other stuff can't be at the sae level. There was one of the scenes at the asylum though, that was pretty damn decent, and it's probably the best sequence in the film (the latter sequence at the asylum, that is). I liked parts of the gypsy camp attack, but not all of it.

This is not quite as terrible as people have made it out to be, but it's sadly pretty average, which sucks even more because this had the potential to be excellent. I am glad it was R though, even if some of the gore was a but much.


I have now seen the unrated version. It is only a tad but better, but not enough so to give the film an extra half-star. It is longer, and the additional scenes are actually not extended gore, but scenes that give more depth and development to characters, as well as toying with plot developments. While these additions aren't bad, as they do flesh out characters, they mess with the pacing.

Upon second viewing, I realized that the film is a little more boring than I first thought. The additional scenes just bog stuff down. Maybe had they been included to begin with, have the script and pacing be better overall, and make all of the effects be non CG, then this film could have been a quite passable B-Movie. Still though, it's not bad, just mediocre.
January 10, 2012
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

    1. Constable Nye: One day we found him, he was torn appart and half eaten, whatever did it was big, fast, and bugshot couldn't kill him.. The men went home, to carze silver bullets, wouldn't leave the house on a full moon, from now on...
    2. Butcher: Ha! He thought it was werewolf! [everyone laughs]
    – Submitted by Connor N (23 months ago)
    1. Lawrence Talbot: [Glenn shots and kills him, happening to end the curse] Thank you..
    – Submitted by Connor N (23 months ago)
    1. Lawrence Talbot: [sees his silver bullets] you hunt monsters?
    2. Mr. Kirk: Sometimes monsters hunt you.
    – Submitted by Connor N (23 months ago)
    1. Sir John Talbot: Never look back, Lawrence. Never look back. The past is a wilderness of horrors.
    – Submitted by Judson B (2 years ago)
    1. Sir John Talbot: Terrible things Lawrence. You've done terrible things.
    – Submitted by Marc L (3 years ago)
    1. Maleva: Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms, and the autumn moon is bright.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (3 years ago)
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