The Wolf Man Reviews

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 13, 2014

Horror movies today rely on gore and as many jump out of your seat moments as they can throw at you. This one relies on old fashioned atmosphere and acting ability and that's all it really needs.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 6, 2013

This Universal classic not only established Lon Chaney Jr as a horror star but also instigated most of the cinematic werewolf lore concerning pentagrams, the Moon and the fatality of silver.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
October 31, 2012

| Original Score: A-
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 15, 2010

Even with a canon that includes the definitive versions of (among others) Frankenstein, Dracula and The Phantom of the Opera, this 1941 classic has always remained my favorite of the studio's prolific output.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
February 13, 2010

Most horrifying is the potential inability to sway our own innately darker tendencies.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Larsen
February 10, 2010

Chaney may appear to have had a bad run-in with a hair dryer, but he's still the definitive villain as tragic hero.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 26, 2009

A film of sometimes uncertain greatness that is nonetheless the most entertaining and effective Universal monster movie since Bride of Frankenstein.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
March 10, 2009

The Wolf Man's tantamount pleasures are its economy and speed, its silvery manipulations of light and shadow, and the panache with which the lighting, the story, and the rich cast navigate [its] tone.

Full Review | Original Score: B+

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 8, 2008

A feast of horror, for animals of all kinds.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Variety Staff
Top Critic
October 8, 2008

The Wolf Man is a compactly-knit tale of its kind, with good direction and performances by an above par assemblage of players, but dubious entertainment.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
October 8, 2008

A stodgy Universal thriller from 1941, redeemed by a name-heavy cast and by Lon Chaney Jr.'s lumbering, affable performance in the title role.

Steve Biodrowski
September 16, 2008

A classic despite its flaws.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
July 16, 2007

In spite of its age, the emotional impact, and sheer terror hasn't lost its punch with great performances, and a tragic ending.

| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
October 5, 2006

| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 14, 2006

It's a good, solid film, held together by Chaney's appealing performance and great supporting players like Lugosi as Bela the gypsy who turns into a wolf.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Don Macpherson
Time Out
Top Critic
January 26, 2006

There's undeniable magic within the staid format.

Gabe Leibowitz
September 21, 2005

Charming & fun 40's monster schlock.

| Original Score: 3/5
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
April 15, 2005

It's not as boring as Dracula, but not nearly as inventive as, say, Bride of Frankenstein.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 7, 2004

The key to getting some good, fun chills out of a silly old movie like The Wolf Man is atmosphere: Watch after midnight. Turn off the lights. Light a few candles. Don't let your feet dangle off the edge of the couch or bed.

Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
January 7, 2004

A wonderfully campy horror film that made a star of Lon Chaney Jr. Despite its hokiness, it stills holds up.

| Original Score: 3/5
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