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The Wolfman Reviews

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 18, 2010
This is the rare blockbuster that offers its characters - and its audience - no shelter.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
February 16, 2010
With its mist-shrouded sets, gruesome slaughter and copious CGI, this is a surprisingly respectful updating of the 1941 Universal original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
February 12, 2010
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.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
February 12, 2010
Actors fulminate and masticate, spit, scowl and sob; what a gas it is to watch them overact with joy and conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
February 12, 2010
An ill-considered, utterly unnecessary remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 12, 2010
The Wolfman, hokey and uneven though it is, [has] the kind of authentic emotional hook that too many horror movies today don't have.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
February 12, 2010
Benicio Del Toro pulls off a nifty trick in The Wolfman: He makes turning into a werewolf look as dull as doing your taxes.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 12, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
February 12, 2010
Consider The Wolfman a pedigreed genre yarn, mindful of its precedents but nimble enough to have a good time in the here and now.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
February 12, 2010
It's exactly what it's supposed to be: an upscale goth B-movie with dark humor and buckets of blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rick Warner
Washington Post
February 12, 2010
While it's sleeker and more sophisticated than the Chaney version, this new Wolfman isn't any scarier.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 12, 2010
Like buffalo meat, The Wolfman is a little too lean for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 12, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
February 12, 2010
This Wolfman is a howler but not in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
February 11, 2010
The violence is horrific, but it's not scary.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
February 11, 2010
It doesn't know whether it wants to be dark and moodily glamorous or ridiculous and gory -- it's a creature feature suffering from extreme class consciousness.
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
February 11, 2010
A film that begins in an eerie gothic mist of suggestion-and turns into a toothless exercise in the obvious.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 11, 2010
The title character in The Wolfman suffers from a vexing identity crisis, and so does the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 11, 2010
The Wolfman bites, but not -- I think -- in the way the filmmakers intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
February 11, 2010
When the beast is finally revealed, he's fearsome. Too bad the story's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 11, 2010
A lavish coffee table book of a horror film, The Wolfman features visuals so beautifully planned and executed that each frame begs to be lingered over and savored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 11, 2010
There's not much to recommend this dull, cheerless and not very scary re-imagining of the classic 1941 film.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 11, 2010
The Wolfman is hardly O'Neill, but it always had subtexts of alpha-male dominance, sexual repression, compulsive behavior and father-son feuds. Johnston runs so fast away from all of it you'd think it was wolfsbane.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 11, 2010
A misty, moody Saturday-matinee monster-chiller-horror special that hits the same sweet spot for moviegoers of a certain age (cough) as those snap-together Frankenstein model kits from the late 1960s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
February 11, 2010
A few stray livers and severed heads aside, this is a monster too polite for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 11, 2010
There's a dispiritingly rote and uninvolving air about The Wolfman that keeps the movie from being the slightest bit frightening for anyone old enough to see it.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 11, 2010
There's a lot to appreciate in the shaggy, imperfect but still fun new version of The Wolf Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Holleman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 11, 2010
Neither scary enough to be exciting nor campy enough to be amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 11, 2010
Compared to Van Helsing, this is fairly satisfying.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 11, 2010
The Wolfman constitutes a pleasant surprise, if "pleasant" can be used to describe a brooding $100 million-plus diversion with this many beheadings and eviscerations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 11, 2010
In any event, The Wolfman makes a satisfactory date movie for Valentine's Day, which is more than can be said for Valentine's Day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 10, 2010
The Wolfman ends up a disappointment, then, somewhat interesting in places, but nothing to howl about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
February 10, 2010
Not so much howlingly bad as it is disappointingly lifeless.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 10, 2010
"Why so serious?" would be an excellent question to direct at the makers of The Wolfman, a high-toned, bloody but otherwise bloodless effort.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 10, 2010
Del Toro gives his least mumbly performance in years, Blunt provides the film with a little heart and Hopkins delivers the laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
February 10, 2010
There's more emotion in the monster's howls, which were created by a baritone opera singer, than in Del Toro's monotone mutterings.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 10, 2010
Johnston sacrifices originality for computer graphics and stop-motion camera tricks, and the script, by Andrew Kevin Walker and David Self, bulges with real howlers: "I didn't know you hunted monsters." "Sometimes monsters hunt you!"