X-Men Origins - Wolverine Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
July 7, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
May 6, 2009
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.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
May 4, 2009
Wolverine's backstory was good stuff -- but after the falling out with Schreiber, the story loses its center and it gets wobbly.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
May 4, 2009
I was definitely disappointed.
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David Denby
New Yorker
May 4, 2009
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.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 4, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
May 1, 2009
Those movies where people get sent to an island somewhere, then discover that everyone's a clone, or a reactor is melting down? Imagine all of that happening at once, only everybody is indestructible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.9/10
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 1, 2009
Suitably filling, if not always nutritious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 1, 2009
If it's truly an 'Origins' tale, as advertised -- well, where are the explanations?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 1, 2009
How do you make mutants dull?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 1, 2009
Summer's first tent-pole flick is a dulled outing. It may assuage the die-hard fan, but it's doggedly routine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
May 1, 2009
What a wasteful shame.
| Original Score: C-
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Mick LaSalle
Houston Chronicle
May 1, 2009
Wolverine is supposedly a comic book movie, and yet it violates one of the tenets of comic books: It doesn't delineate and particularize Wolverine's special powers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 1, 2009
Jackman's committed performance keeps the movie on track, though Huston and Schreiber are strictly on autopilot.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 1, 2009
Wolverine doesn't rise above the level of familiar competence.
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
May 1, 2009
Though Jackman is capable, as always, in the title role, there's no real weight to his travails, which play more as exposition than tragedy.
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
May 1, 2009
With some dire blue-screen effects, dizzying tonal instability and a total absence of suspense or originality, 'Wolverine' is something of a disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 1, 2009
In terms of tone and content, Wolverine is a nearer match to Daredevil than Iron Man, but its box office gross will undoubtedly be closer to the latter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
May 1, 2009
Serviceable but inescapably redundant.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 1, 2009
The whole thing would collapse under the weight of its own pretensions were it not for the considerable acting prowess of Jackman and Schreiber, who know how to give good growl.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 1, 2009
Heroes and villains clash, then rise up to clash again, just because that's what X-Men do. The truth is, it doesn't matter Y.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 1, 2009
There's little of the seen-it-all, wise-guy acerbity that made his character in the X-Men trilogy stand apart from his fellow mutants. Here, he just glowers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
April 30, 2009
If you're not a die-hard X-Men comic-book fan, you're going to be lost, and if you are a die-hard X-Men comic book fan, you're going to be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 30, 2009
A transparent attempt to squeeze a faltering franchise for its last drop of box-office juice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
April 30, 2009
The problem with Wolverine isn't that the mythology is detailed and potentially confusing. The bigger issue is that "Wolverine" is so uninvolving that you might not care whether you remember what happened 10 minutes ago.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 30, 2009
Even by the standard of a fourth-in-a-series summer blockbuster, Wolverine is remarkably lame.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 30, 2009
Whatever actually happened, the explosions all go off on time, which in a film like this is all that really matters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 30, 2009
The direction, by Gavin Hood is a case study in mismanagement: of anger, rage, demonic howls that grow into howlers, Olympian camera angles and, above all else, the mismanagement of an unusually personable star.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 30, 2009
A crude blunderbuss of a superhero movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine proves that the greatest supervillains confronting Marvel Comics' shape-shifters, lycanthropes and mind-readers are clumsy directors and sloppy screenwriters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Anderson
Washington Post
April 30, 2009
Wolverine is full of angst, and yet it has virtually all the humanity wrung out of it in an effort to create a live-action cartoon.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 30, 2009
Perhaps this was the wrong X-Man to command an entire movie. Somebody find Jackman a role in which he gets to smile, and wake me up when Ian McKellen's back to terrorizing the X-world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 30, 2009
Jackman's charisma breathes the fire into Wolverine, not the rather pedestrian script or the by-the-numbers action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 30, 2009
X-Men Origins: Wolverine, with its ungainly, geeky title and its relatively trim running time, helps explain just what makes this guy so intriguing and unusual.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 30, 2009
A chaotic headbanger, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is saved from pure flat-footed blockbuster franchise adequacy by six things, three of them on Hugh Jackman's left hand, three on his right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 30, 2009
Wolverine feels enslaved to its many masters - Marvel Comics, Hollywood, and the young men who devour their products -- never sidestepping the déjà vu it inspires.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
April 30, 2009
A couple of halfway decent action scenes do little to distract from the story's mounting ludicrousness, or a conclusion that's only a little more satisfying than a projector breakdown. Maybe.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 30, 2009
The clichéd script doesn't develop the secondary characters or the critical theme of the mutants' alienation. (Several of them don't even have any dialogue.)
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
April 30, 2009
A satisfyingly crunchy action flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
April 30, 2009
Most of the action is a mere replay of a single sequence: Wolverine and Sabretooth galloping toward one another, two immortal bros locked in eternal combat. Certainly feels like it.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 30, 2009
I have been powerfully impressed by film versions of Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, Iron Man and the Iron Giant. I wouldn't even walk across the street to meet Wolverine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
April 29, 2009
Sadly, Wolverine's journey is one long run-the-gauntlet scenario, with people pounding on him from all sides until he emerges at the other end as the lone-wolf amnesiac bound for membership in the X-Men gang.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 29, 2009
Jackman invests his fierce character with a cheeky attitude, clear-eyed intelligence and inherent decency, compelling viewers to care about his metamorphosis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 29, 2009
[A] slice-and-dice superhero fiasco.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 29, 2009
A super-buff Jackman gets to explore the character in more depth than previously and Liev Schreiber, as his brother, makes a dandy bad guy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 29, 2009
While packed with effects and action, without the attention to story and emotional investment present in such films as The Dark Knight and Ironman, Wolverine ultimately doesn't rise above its comic-book roots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 29, 2009
A keen disappointment as action and effects take over from a poorly conceived story.
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Justin Chang
Variety
April 29, 2009
This brawny but none-too-brainy prequel sustains interest mainly -- if only fitfully -- as a nonstop slice-and-dice vehicle for Hugh Jackman.