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X-Men Origins - Wolverine Reviews

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B-

July 7, 2010
Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

May 6, 2009
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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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.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

May 4, 2009
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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I was definitely disappointed.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

May 4, 2009
David Denby
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

May 4, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

May 4, 2009
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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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 Source: NPR.org | Original Score: 4.9/10

May 1, 2009
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Suitably filling, if not always nutritious.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

May 1, 2009
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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If it's truly an 'Origins' tale, as advertised -- well, where are the explanations?

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 1, 2009
Tom Long
Detroit News
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How do you make mutants dull?

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

May 1, 2009
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Summer's first tent-pole flick is a dulled outing. It may assuage the die-hard fan, but it's doggedly routine.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

May 1, 2009
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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What a wasteful shame.

| Original Score: C-

May 1, 2009
Mick LaSalle
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

May 1, 2009
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Jackman's committed performance keeps the movie on track, though Huston and Schreiber are strictly on autopilot.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 1, 2009
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Wolverine doesn't rise above the level of familiar competence.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

May 1, 2009
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

May 1, 2009
Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

May 1, 2009
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 1, 2009
Tom Charity
CNN.com
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Serviceable but inescapably redundant.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

May 1, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 1, 2009
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

May 1, 2009
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

May 1, 2009
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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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 Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2/5

April 30, 2009
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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A transparent attempt to squeeze a faltering franchise for its last drop of box-office juice.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2009
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

April 30, 2009
Dana Stevens
Slate
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Even by the standard of a fourth-in-a-series summer blockbuster, Wolverine is remarkably lame.

Full Review Source: Slate

April 30, 2009
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Whatever actually happened, the explosions all go off on time, which in a film like this is all that really matters.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 30, 2009
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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A schlocky, dispiriting affair that kicks off the summer season in exhausted fashion, relies less on its overqualified cast (or even the outsider mythos of the comics) and more on fake-feeling computerized stunts.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

April 30, 2009
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 30, 2009
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

April 30, 2009
John Anderson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 30, 2009
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2009
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Jackman's charisma breathes the fire into Wolverine, not the rather pedestrian script or the by-the-numbers action.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 30, 2009
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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

April 30, 2009
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2009
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: D

April 30, 2009
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2009
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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A satisfyingly crunchy action flick.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2009
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 30, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

April 30, 2009
David Germain
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

April 29, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Jackman invests his fierce character with a cheeky attitude, clear-eyed intelligence and inherent decency, compelling viewers to care about his metamorphosis.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

April 29, 2009
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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[A] slice-and-dice superhero fiasco.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

April 29, 2009
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 29, 2009
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

April 29, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A keen disappointment as action and effects take over from a poorly conceived story.

April 29, 2009
Justin Chang
Variety
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This brawny but none-too-brainy prequel sustains interest mainly -- if only fitfully -- as a nonstop slice-and-dice vehicle for Hugh Jackman.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 29, 2009
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