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The Wolfman (2010)



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

Movie Info

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 the moon is full. Talbot must destroy the vicious creature in the woods surrounding Blackmoor, but as he hunts for the nightmarish beast, a simple man with a tortured past will uncover a primal side to himself -- one he never imagined existed.more
Rating: R (for bloody horror violence and gore)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: David Self, Andrew Kevin Walker
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2010
Box Office: $61.9M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Benicio Del Toro
as Lawrence Talbot
Anthony Hopkins
as Sir John Talbot
Emily Blunt
as Gwen Conliffe
Art Malik
as Singh
Simon Merrells
as Ben Talbot
Hugo Weaving
as Aberline
Gemma Whelan
as Gwen's Maid
Mario Marin-Borquez
as Young Lawrence
Asa Butterfield
as Young Ben
Nicholas Day
as Colonel Montford
Michael Cronin
as Dr. Lloyd
David Sterne
as Mr. Kirk
David Schofield
as Constable Nye
Roger Frost
as Reverend Fisk
Rob Dixon
as Squire Strickland
Clive Russell
as MacQueen
Oliver Adams
as Gypsy Boy
Emil Hostina
as Gypsy Man/Bear Handl...
Rick Baker
as Gypsy Man/First Kill...
Emily Cohen
as Little Gypsy Girl
Jessica Manley
as Gypsy Mother
Dave Fisher
as Gypsy Man/Stones
Olga Fedori
as Young Gypsy Woman
Lorraine Hilton
as Mrs. Kirk
Antony Sher
as Dr. Hoenegger
John Owens
as Asylum Doctor #1
Barry McCormick
as Asylum Orderly
Ian Peck
as Creepy Guard
Richard James
as Asylum Doctor #2
David Keyes
as Custodian
Jake Nightingale
as Police Officer #2
C.C. Smiff
as Police Officer #3
Anthony Debaeck
as Gypsy Driver
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News & Interviews for The Wolfman

Critic Reviews for The Wolfman

All Critics (209) | Top Critics (37)

Who would have thought that only six weeks into 2010 we would have a contender for worst film of the year?

Full Review… | September 15, 2013

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.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012

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

Full Review… | July 31, 2012
7M Pictures

It truly is a modern spin on a classic, in almost all of the worst ways.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012

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

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

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

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

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.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

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.

Jens S.

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.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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