It truly is a modern spin on a classic, in almost all of the worst ways.
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.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
Who would have thought that only six weeks into 2010 we would have a contender for worst film of the year?
A lack of focus plagues the entire film. The director, writers and actor himself have conspired to render the title character blank, lifeless.
The poor pacing, blatantly obvious narrative signposting and over-reliance on false scares generated by sudden sounds and movements, removes any chance of The Wolfman actually being frightening.
| Original Score: 1/5
Del Toro should have been perfect for The Wolfman, and it is his involvement in the project that attracted most critics to it, but his performance is mostly disappointing.
| Original Score: 2/5
Joe Johnston turns a classic monster into an anaemic bore.
Unfortunately, there is too much "man," and not enough "wolf."
| Original Score: 2.5/4
You know a horror film's in trouble when the morning-after scene is more satisfying than the 'night before.'
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The Wolfman is uninspired, barely coherent and often remarkably boring; it is a mongrel of a film, and the scars of its troubled production are all too visible.
The root problem with The Wolfman is that it's a hybrid. It tries to fuse the gothic storytelling of the original with the violence and gore associated with modern horror.
| Original Score: 2/4
Anthony Hopkins portrays Sir John Talbot. Benicio Del Toro is prodigal son Lawrence. That's a great deal of acting sinew for an oddly anemic outing.
The movie just can't decide what it is. It's part horror and part navel-gazing romance.
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.
Horror fans won't be impressed by The Wolfman's crude editing; romance fans will feel unfulfilled.
The Wolfman more closely resembles a slasher flick with an A-list cast than the Universal horror cycle that it derives from.
Snore, snore, fur, snore, snore, blood.
| Original Score: C-
Johnston's direction sidesteps suspense to deliver a surplus of tactless, out-of-nowhere jump scares that are more irritating than frightening.
I'll give it a star and a half -- but only because I'm too professional to give it a full moon.
The action is fine. The casting is a bit of a disappointment. Paul Chambers, CNN.
| Original Score: C