Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 28, 2009
The movie isn't without its entertainment value -- of the sillier kind, which in the cases of Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy may be intentional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 27, 2009
The prequel is what's left when the shallow pleasures of the first two films have been boiled away, leaving only their worst elements behind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
January 27, 2009
I have to say that I did enjoy seeing Tony Blair/David Frost/Michael Sheen strutting around in an action film. The incongruity was most enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 26, 2009
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is so dark at all times and so generally dull to boot that the biggest fight of all is the viewer's struggle to stay awake.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 26, 2009
It is not necessary to have seen the first two Underworld films to fully enjoy the third. It might be helpful, however, to first see a bartender.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 26, 2009
The storyline essentially replicates that of Underworld and Underworld: Evolution, meaning that if you've seen one or both of them, there's no compelling reason to spend your hard earned dollars on the third.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Hazelton
Screen International
January 26, 2009
Even with Doomsday's Rhona Mitra as a replacement sultry presence, it's likely to disappoint the franchise's core audience of young males.
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
January 26, 2009
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is as unnecessary as it is uninvolving. Only fans desperate to learn how the whole vampire-werewolf conflict began are likely to get anything out of this viewing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 26, 2009
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is surprisingly campy fun, mostly succeeding through the power of its lead performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremy Wheeler
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 26, 2009
The picture is really missing that vampiric bite that it should have.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
January 26, 2009
Silly, convoluted supernatural prequel is partially redeemed by its Goth style and reputable lead actors.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 26, 2009
Unlike Mr. Nighy, who puts an amusing camp spin on his every line and gesture, Mr. Sheen appears to have taken his monster duties seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
January 26, 2009
The third film in Screen Gems' grimly competent, vampires-versus-wolves franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
January 26, 2009
Round 3 in the vampire-werewolf battle to the undeath rises to the occasion.
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Clark Collis
Entertainment Weekly
January 26, 2009
Sheen and Nighy do their best with the material, but this is easily the worst Underworld so far.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joel Brown
Boston Globe
January 26, 2009
Director Patrick Tatopoulos was responsible for the creature effects in the two earlier installments, but he's not great at staging fights or directing actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
January 26, 2009
Lycans, helmed by longtime creature-designer and first-time director Patrick Tatopoulos, just repeats the tale again at feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
January 25, 2009
swords clang, three-pronged arrows whoosh, and blood spurts with the same insouciant ennui that pervades the film as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
January 25, 2009
What a strange irony that the latest and best of the three Underworld films is the only one lacking the series' biggest asset.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
January 25, 2009
... bookends the original with its sequel (Evolution) so well that the three films presented together are actually better than each of the trilogy's three individual parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
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