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X-Men Origins - Wolverine (2009)

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 253
Fresh: 96 | Rotten: 157

Though Hugh Jackman gives his all, he can't help X-Men Origins: Wolverine overcome a cliche-ridden script and familiar narrative.

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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 50
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 41

Though Hugh Jackman gives his all, he can't help X-Men Origins: Wolverine overcome a cliche-ridden script and familiar narrative.

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The gruff, adamantium-clawed Marvel superhero Wolverine strikes out on his own in this X-Men spin-off starring series regular Hugh Jackman. The story gets under way as the boy who will become Wolverine makes a shocking discovery about his family bloodline, and gains a brother in the process. Flash forward to find the mutant siblings battling side by side through two world wars and Vietnam -- where they are sentenced to death for killing a commanding officer -- and Logan (Hugh Jackman) and his

Sep 15, 2009

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You won't be upset you saw it, you'll have some fun, you'll see Wolvie beat the living hell out of a helicopter.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comments (4)
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Did the plot points stick in my head five minutes after leaving the theater? Not so much ... but I know I was having fun while watching.

May 6, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Wolverine's backstory was good stuff -- but after the falling out with Schreiber, the story loses its center and it gets wobbly.

May 4, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (8)
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I was definitely disappointed.

May 4, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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Alas, there's nothing quite memorable here: much of the combat is just a whirl of movement photographed up close. As the X-Men series has progressed, the startling poetic extravagances of the first film have given way to flesh-pounding clumsiness.

May 4, 2009 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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How does all this play out for those of us -- i.e., me -- who have not been staying up nights fretting over the origins of the X-Men and Women? The answer is: Fairly well.

May 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Straight off the bat: this movie features more shots of muscle-bound men looking up at the camera and yelling "RAAWWWRGH!" than any other I can remember. It's the shoutiest film of the year.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

I haven't been this disappointed by a film since the new Indiana Jones.

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Unfortunately, the special effects vary from impressive to embarrassing, and some additional trimming at the story level might have helped elevate the metallurgical rating to steel status.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comment (1)
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It is not as good as the second X-Men film but it is on par with the first and an improvement over the third.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

Despite the film's necessarily lengthy exposition, Wolverine's back-story seems thinner and less compelling than the Logan-heavy, previous X-Men films had hinted at.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

Entertainingly testosterone-fueled.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

You're going to be really underwhelmed.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

It's just too bad a movie sharp enough to rip through flesh and helicopter blades and nuclear-reactor smokestack walls has to feel so disappointingly dull.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

While Wolverine contains several nice fight scenes and a couple of enjoyable action sequences, one can't help but feel that it thoroughly wastes Jackman.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
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Reported to be the one thing missing in-part from the leaked workprint, sadly many of the special effects in X-Men Origins: Wolverine are somewhat sub-standard.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

The serious tone established by Bryan Singer in 2000's X-Men is almost completely obliterated, reducing the film to the level of any another by-the-numbers franchise entry.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

Hey, it won't win any awards but it does the trick...

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (2)
Cinema Crazed

Packed with claw-shredding action and adventure, the film more or less delivers what it promises. The problem lies with what it promises.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

It's funny how much I'll forgive just to watch Jackman play this raging mutant again.

September 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Though well-choreographed, the action sequences simply don't look as good as one would expect from a tent-pole summer release.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Hugh Jackman's animal magnetism is palpable in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." He's more sexy than he has ever been in the past X-Men films, and the movie shows him in bizarre bromance relationships with other mutant freaks as well as a very intimate and most

August 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Weekly
Sci-Fi Weekly

Is there anything to enjoy in X-men Origins: Wolverine? Sure. Some of the fights are cool. But for every solid moment there is an equivalent of pure suck.

August 11, 2009 Full Review Source: UGO | Comment (1)

Wolverine is big, dumb fun, a popcorn movie if ever there was one. And it's probably the only movie this summer to feature a superhero whose most dazzling talent seems to be shuffling a deck of cards.

June 11, 2009
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for X-Men Origins - Wolverine

the entire film worked incredibly well for me until the final act, which fell so flat that it left me feeling that the film as a whole lacked the direction that seemed to build well in the first two thirds of the movie. it wasnt just one or two things, but rather the entirety of the final act that took a wrong turn from the art direction, to the motivation of the characters, to the script itself. Entertaining but overall pretty bad.
June 26, 2014
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Now they have taken it too far! I have always been a fan of the X-Men films, but this is no X-Men film. The filmmakers took the legendary wolverine character, took comic book events and characters, randomly threw it together and tried to make an entertaining summer blockbuster that was only mildly entertaining. It does not even nudge the franchise films, and barely packs a punch for the action and thrills. The back story to wolverine just is not that interesting, and they throw way too many characters hear and there, and if you have never read the comics, you are not really sure who they are, but it is saved by all the moral enjoyment of the film. The huge flaw that is carries is that is has to live up to the rest, which it sadly does not! I was deeply disappointed and I will never be excited to see another film based on Wolverine, but I am a sucker, so I'll probably end back up in the cinemas! Wow, what a disappointment!
May 22, 2014
KJ Proulx

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a clutter of bad CGI and underdeveloped plots. Not to mention that Gambit, Deadpool, and pretty much every other supporting superhero are extremely underused. Even the action scenes are lame and predictable. There's nothing remotely entertaining about this movie.
May 10, 2014
MovieGeek13

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    1. Logan/Wolverine: Okay shithead, here's the deal. You see, you're gonna take me to this island and I can kill Creed, Stryker, and pretty much anyone that you hate in this world. You understand?
    2. Remy LeBeau/Gambit: You really gonna kill them?
    3. Logan/Wolverine: As long as you stay outta my way, yeah.
    4. Remy LeBeau/Gambit: Well why didn't you say so?
    – Submitted by John P (14 months ago)
    1. John Wraith: [Motioning to Remy LeBeau] There's our dude. [Sees him shuffle cards and toss them in a stylish way] That's cool! [To Logan] I'll go cover the back in case he rabbits.
    2. Logan/Wolverine: I'm not gonna fight with him!
    3. John Wraith: [Sarcastically] Yeah, right...
    4. Logan/Wolverine: What? I get in fights with everybody?
    5. John Wraith: Don't dogs kill cats?
    6. Logan/Wolverine: [Chuckles] Just go cover the back, will ya?
    – Submitted by Kia M (20 months ago)
    1. Logan/Wolverine: Is there even a stretcher big enough to take this guy outta here?
    2. John Wraith: [Rings the bell, Fred knocks Logan on the pole] [To Logan, smirking] It ain't him I'm worried about getting outta here on a stretcher.
    3. Logan/Wolverine: [In pain, smirking] You're an asshole!
    4. Fred Dukes: Come on, Logan!
    5. John Wraith: [Rings bell again, to Logan] Whup his ass!
    6. Logan/Wolverine: [To Fred] You want it? [Cracks him in the belly with no effect]
    7. John Wraith: Dance with him, Fred!
    8. Fred Dukes: [To Logan] You wanna dance, brother? [Logan punches him in the gut again] Oh, that feels good. [Logan repeatedly cracks him in the belly] Hey, guess what? [Clotheslines Logan]
    9. John Wraith: [To Logan, smirking] Oh, so you gonna talk now? You got him right where you want him!
    10. Logan/Wolverine: [On the ground, wincing] Whose side are you on, anyway?
    – Submitted by Kia M (21 months ago)
    1. John Wraith: [To Logan, in his office] Whatever you do, DON'T mention his weight. [Later, in the boxing arena] Come on, Fred! You wanna get in shape, you gotta move, man! [To Logan] I told him he gotta move! He--
    2. Logan/Wolverine: [Sees Fred's sparring partner flying at them, ducks] Whoa! [Stares at Fred, whispers to John] Fred Dukes? That looks like the creature that ATE Fred Dukes!
    3. John Wraith: [Whispering] Hey, be nice, man.
    4. Logan/Wolverine: Hey, fat--Fred, um... [Jokingly remarks about Fred's stretched out tattoo on his arm] I seem to remember that girl when she was about 85 pounds, huh?
    5. Fred Dukes: [Looks at arm, sarcastically] Oh, that's funny. You're still so funny, Logan.
    6. Logan/Wolverine: You know where Victor is?
    7. Fred Dukes: ...No idea.
    8. Logan/Wolverine: What's the island, 'Slim'?
    9. Fred Dukes: [Walks away, upset] ...Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Logan.
    10. Logan/Wolverine: Listen, I ain't leaving here until you tell me where victor is, now, c'mon, Bub, for old times' sake, huh?
    11. Fred Dukes: [Turns around, angry] ...Did you just call me... Blob...?
    12. Logan/Wolverine: ...No, but--[Dukes yells and charges Logan, sending him flying out of the ring]
    13. John Wraith: I told you not to mention his weight. Now why'd you call him "Blob"?
    14. Logan/Wolverine: [On the ground, in pain, angry] I didn't call him "Blob"! I said 'Bub'!
    – Submitted by Kia M (21 months ago)
    1. Logan/Wolverine: [to Kayla] That story you told me... About the man who gets flowers for the moon. I had it backwards. I thought you were the Moon and I was your Wolverine... But you're the Trickster, aren't you? I'm just the fool who got played. Worst part of it is I should have known... And I ignored my instincts... I ignored what I really am... That won't ever happen again...
    – Submitted by Kia M (21 months ago)
    1. Col. William Stryker: Your country needs you!
    2. Logan/Wolverine: I'm Canadian.
    – Submitted by Karthi K (2 years ago)
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