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Le Pacte des loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf) (2001)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 119
Fresh: 86 | Rotten: 33

Brotherhood of the Wolf mixes its genres with little logic, but the end result is wildly entertaining.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 10

Brotherhood of the Wolf mixes its genres with little logic, but the end result is wildly entertaining.



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French legend has it that a creature known as the Beast of Gevaudan -- a huge, wolf-like monster -- was responsible for the violent deaths of over 100 persons in the mid-18th century, and this horror fantasy blends the lore of this fabled beast with a story of two men who set out to capture it. After a number of mutilated corpses begin appearing across the French countryside, naturalist Chevalier Gregoire de Fronsac (Samuel Le Bihan) is dispatched by the King to find and capture the animal


Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror

Stephane Cabel, Christophe Gans

Oct 1, 2002


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All Critics (134) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (86) | Rotten (33) | DVD (50)

A wonder of magpie postmodernism, a samurai adventure with Hong Kong action and a wry touch of American Western, all sewn into a free interpretation of Gallic history that also has its finger on the pulse of current social trends.

September 30, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Instead of fluid acrobatics, we get hyperbolic montages of kicking feet, somersaulting torsos, and fists connecting with faces.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Slate
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Fun movie, animatronic beast and all.

March 13, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Exhilirating viewing, at least while the feet are flying and the fangs are baring.

February 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Utterly preposterous but so full of enthusiasm and flashy style that it's entertaining anyway.

February 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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An extraordinary film, although not necessarily a good one.

February 1, 2002 Full Review Source:
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This delirious experience covers most bases and makes at least a cursory stab at the few it misses.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Werewolf thriller set during French revolution.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

A period French martial-arts movie that puts the "where?" in wolf films.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

The hero feels free to sleep with any prostitute, even as he's wooing the one he calls his 'true love.' Isn't there a conflict of interest there?

January 15, 2005 | Comments (8)
Looking Closer

A 17th century French costume drama where everybody is Kung-fu fighting - with some highly watchable results!

March 18, 2003 Full Review Source:

Guaranteed to make you howl at the moon on your way out.

January 30, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

A stylish, smart, edgy, exciting and involving trek though familiar folklore, often better than the masses have been told and even more appealing after repeat viewings.

December 18, 2002 Full Review Source:

The film has a wonderful style and a sense of movement that barely slows down for its two and a half hours.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Brotherhood of the Wolf supplies enough to satisfy many tastes without overwhelming them. It is one of the most sporadically inspired films of recent memory; and I would say, prematurely, of all time.

November 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

'Magnífica oportunidad para poder apreciar otro tipo de cine de acción que no provenga de Hollywood, donde la calidad está peleada con la taquilla y la maquinaria generadora de dólares.'

October 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Moviola

A delightfully eclectic piece of filmmaking.

October 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

If The Brotherhood of the Wolf has a reason for being, it may be only to prove that the French can make movies as silly, blood-soaked and overblown as the Americans.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

It's the best darned French werewolf kung-fu movie I've ever seen. That's not saying much.

October 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Blends too many genres to be easily described, but whatever it is, it's awesome!

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

The damnedest thing I've seen since the Siegfried and Roy 3-D Imax movie.

June 20, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

A big, sprawling adventure yarn that's a lot more like a Hollywood film than a European film ...

April 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

...has better action scenes, a superior love story, and more interesting characters (than "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon").

April 16, 2002 Full Review Source:

A post-Matrix and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon styled film, that is not a good film as much as it is an unusual one.

April 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Le Pacte des loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf)

An adventurer and his Iroquois warrior companion investigate a series of brutal murders in rural revolutionary France said to be the work of a supernatural creature. The Brotherhood of the Wolf is a strange fish indeed. It is a genre spanning hybrid of period romance, supernatural horror, Holmesian mystery and martial arts mayhem. It's a strange brew indeed, but somehow it works. The basis of the story is similar to The Name Of The Rose in that a man of science investigates murder in Ye Olden Days to a backdrop of religious and political paranoia but it mixes in elements of The Hound Of The Baskervilles and Dangerous Liaisons with a Hammer Horror twist to create what is best described as a French Sleepy Hollow with Kung Fu. The eclectic cast all show their quality in their various fields, from straight to DVD stalwart Marc Dacascos' laconic, high kicking Indian to Vincent Cassell's embittered aristocrat through to the inevitably stunning Monica Bellucci's mysterious Italian courtesan. The CGI may be showing its age a little, but otherwise its visually very nice and the story, although a little lacking in focus, is so odd ball it never fails to maintain the interest. An unusual supernatural action film that transcends its patchwork of ideas to create something strangely unique.
December 9, 2013
xGary Xx

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April 13, 2013
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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Leave it to the French to deliver the wildest genre mix European cinema has seen in the last decade. This is martial arts action, fantasy, monster horror, historical piece and conspiracy thriller all at once. The little wonder is: the film works in each of these aspects and especially as a whole. When you expect the showdown the story takes a few more unexpected turns (maybe even one too many) and takes you through a slightly too long but none the less exciting and spectacular finish. Especially Dacascos' fights are top notch, but the rest of the cast is just as convincing. No wonder Cassel has been a regular in Hollywood ever since. A truly original and outstanding piece of French cinema that doesn't try to be great art but just damn fun and entertaining.
November 6, 2011

Super Reviewer

Extraordinary and extremely cool. While delving into this actual historical mystery, the heroes uncover a mad-up conspiracy involving one-armed aristocrat Vincent Cassel and a deep-cleavaged Monica Bellucci. This frogsploitation epic has it all and then some: a monster, posh frocks (ripped, naturally), kung-fu, scheming courtiers and regular bouts of swordplay.
November 3, 2011
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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