Van Helsing Reviews

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show
July 19, 2014
A chaotic blur of recycled archetypes from classic horror flicks, action sequences unbound by laws of gravity and physics, and CGI special effects that somehow manage to appear ridiculously expensive and unconvincingly obvious all at once.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 16, 2011
The already-lousy House of Frankenstein as done up by a filmmaker whose idea of style is to make things as loud and busy as possible... A screaming, noisy, overedited mess of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
This is one vampire movie with bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A special effects-laden piece of trash...
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
August 5, 2007
In a blood-thirsty, dead-three-centuries sort of way, it's perfectly charming.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Gonsalves
July 25, 2007
An overamped action movie in which the legendary monsters are interchangeable with any other brutish CGI beasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Russ Breimeier
Christianity Today
November 10, 2006
Like the three monsters at the center of the film, Van Helsing is a howling dog, it needs a brain, and indeed, it bites.
| Original Score: 1/4
Uri Lessing
July 25, 2005
Writer and director Stephen Sommers is less interested in developing the characters and more interested in smashing them into things.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kevin A. Ranson
December 28, 2004
... even in the name of high adventure, the end result was just too silly and unbelievable to accept or enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.0/4.0
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
December 16, 2004
The plotting is dull and ... the action scenes quickly grow tiresome.
| Original Score: C-
Emanuel Levy
November 14, 2004
Silly, preposterous, poorly directed and badly acted.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Rafe Telsch
November 2, 2004
A fun ride of a movie, as long as you're willing not to take it too seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 14, 2004
If you were raised on action-packed computer games, this movie is from Sega heaven.
| Original Score: D+
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
August 21, 2004
Too bad [Stephen Sommers'] complete lack of restraint turned this at-first-promising flick into a jarring and prolonged audio-visual wank fest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 5, 2004
allows for the digital manipulation of virtually everything on screen, turning the movie into a frenetic, attention-deficit cartoon that still manages to look kinda cheap
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 1, 2004
The horror flick, at its height, was a lyrical caressing of our fears; by the end of this nonsense, you fear for the well-being of the genre. 'It's dead!'
July 20, 2004
'Si quiere verla, mejor espérese a que salga en DVD...y aún así creo de debería pensarlo.'
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Joe Utichi
July 20, 2004
Stephen Sommers delivers stale effect-movie action, outdoing even his own worst efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 19/100
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
July 16, 2004
With Sommers' work it's hard to know where the fan stops and the director starts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
July 11, 2004
Much like the horror films the characters represent, "Van Helsing" is a movie that's more about the ambiance and setting than the quality of the achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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