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Underworld Awakening Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

A swift, brutal, and thoroughly competent actioner that doesn't balk at a bit of bloodletting. Arriving between parts one and two of Twilight's interminable swan song Breaking Dawn, nothing could be more welcome.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3/5

January 29, 2012
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

More creature feature than vampire movie, this fourth edition of Underworld tries to emulate the stylistics of Len Wiseman's 2004 original, with Wiseman leading the writing team

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

January 28, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The directors ignore the hokey and increasingly busy mythology of past entries to serve up a nonstop bloodbath: The violence is surprisingly extreme, goofily absurd and gratifyingly coherent.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

January 27, 2012
Jordan Farley
SFX Magazine

It's not awful, merely functional and lacking an identity now that the lore of previous entries has been abandoned.

Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

January 27, 2012
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The Underworld series hits a palpable low with this absolutely interminable entry...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1/4

January 26, 2012
Mark Ramsey
MovieJuice!

'One day,' Kate assures her daughter, 'you, too, will grow up to dress like a restaurant server in San Francisco.'

Full Review Source: MovieJuice! | Original Score: D

January 26, 2012
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com

A typical vampire of the future film, but Beckinsale looks great in leather

Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 4/10

January 25, 2012
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio

Kate Beckinsale looks great and she certainly can "off" werewolves like nobody's business. But, the "Underworld" films are all pretty much alike, lots of action with a throwaway story. "Awakening" is no different. Paul Chambers, CNN.

Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Original Score: C-

January 25, 2012
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex

Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is coming out later this year, right? So at least this will only be the 2nd worst vampire vs. werewolf movie of 2012.

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 2/5

January 24, 2012
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix

Brief but bloody and best enjoyed in zombie mode.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 24, 2012
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

If you liked the earlier Underworld films, or if you haven't seen them but enjoyed the Resident Evil movies, then you'll like this one too.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 23, 2012
Joe Leydon
Variety
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Once again, Beckinsale brings an impressive physicality and subzero cool to her portrayal of Selene.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 23, 2012
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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Kate Beckinsale's "Selene" remains one-note, but it's a wildly entertaining note.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B-

January 23, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

Hopefully next time the filmmakers will throw enough cash Scott Speedman's way so that they won't have to resort to these cheap tactics to distend their hokey mythology.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2/5

January 22, 2012
Andy Webster
New York Times
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The combat quotient, to the movie's credit, is way up, with narrative folderol kept to a minimum.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 22, 2012
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine

The reason the Underworld series works is Kate Beckinsale's portrayal of the all black clad, baddass Vampire Selene is just cool. She doesn't whine, moan, or sparkle she just kicks the butt of anyone who screws her over.

Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine | Original Score: B

January 22, 2012
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

No better or worse than the previous entries in the franchise, which have been uniformly awful. It does, however, possess the virtue of brevity.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: D

January 21, 2012
Tom Russo
Boston Globe
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The most generic entry of the bunch.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

January 21, 2012
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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There's not much to this movie beyond a slick procession of dark, gleaming violence.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 21, 2012
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
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A brisk creature-feature that ditches the series' dreary mythology in favor of a more direct, action-oriented approach.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 21, 2012
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