Underworld Awakening Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
January 29, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
January 28, 2012
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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
January 27, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Jordan Farley
SFX Magazine
January 27, 2012
It's not awful, merely functional and lacking an identity now that the lore of previous entries has been abandoned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 26, 2012
The Underworld series hits a palpable low with this absolutely interminable entry...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Mark Ramsey
MovieJuice!
January 26, 2012
'One day,' Kate assures her daughter, 'you, too, will grow up to dress like a restaurant server in San Francisco.'
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
January 25, 2012
A typical vampire of the future film, but Beckinsale looks great in leather
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
January 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: C-
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
January 24, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
January 24, 2012
Brief but bloody and best enjoyed in zombie mode.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
January 23, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Joe Leydon
Variety
January 23, 2012
Once again, Beckinsale brings an impressive physicality and subzero cool to her portrayal of Selene.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
January 23, 2012
Kate Beckinsale's "Selene" remains one-note, but it's a wildly entertaining note.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Shaun Munro
What Culture
January 22, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Andy Webster
New York Times
January 22, 2012
The combat quotient, to the movie's credit, is way up, with narrative folderol kept to a minimum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
January 22, 2012
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 | Original Score: B
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 21, 2012
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 | Original Score: D
Top Critic
Tom Russo
Boston Globe
January 21, 2012
The most generic entry of the bunch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 21, 2012
There's not much to this movie beyond a slick procession of dark, gleaming violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
January 21, 2012
A brisk creature-feature that ditches the series' dreary mythology in favor of a more direct, action-oriented approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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