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½ December 4, 2017
A bizarre, but interesting spin on the werewolf genre. I guess it also plays as a satire on the cutthroat nature of the business world and what becoming a wild creature in this atmosphere would be like. Nicholson is great in the role.
September 25, 2017
Much like Will Randall (Jack Nicholson), Wolf seems very reluctant to just accept the fact that it's a werewolf movie. It plods along and tries to act like a serious drama-with some good acting, I'll admit-until it finally gives in to its impulses at the very end. But by then much of the steam has been lost, and this just becomes another predictable werewolf flick.
September 23, 2017
A great film with great acting and great dialog... but it leaves too many unanswered questions. Is Laura a werewolf? If so, is she the wolf that bit Will? This film needs a sequel.
June 20, 2017
With the always edgy, slightly demonic, and predictably unpredictable Jack Nicholson as the wolf man, it actually works . . . almost.
December 23, 2016
Flat, two-dimensional, throw-away characters in a flat, two-dimensional, entirely predictable plot -- like a mediocre and over-long episode of "Night Gallery" -- but without the surprise ending. Astonishingly bad action sequences, calling to mind the low-budget, slow-motion action sequences of "The Six Million Dollar Man"
July 27, 2016
Five stars hands down! One of Nicholson's greatest masterpiece's!
February 22, 2016
holds up real well would be a perfect movie if it doesn't have a few slow parts
February 18, 2016
Most boring werewolf movie
January 20, 2016
This movie was fueled solely by Nicholsons calm, yet confidence performance as a writer who was bitten by a wolf. Slowly he begins to transform into a wolf and his life changes. The movie ends up being a tale about good vs evil in the long run.

He becomes more confident and ends up beginning a romance with his old bosses daughter.
While Phiefer is good the romance isn't that believable despite solid performances.

James Spader is smooth as his nemesis, the one who was picked for his job he was outed for.

You have all these peices but it finally comes together too late with a corny sloppy ending.
½ October 13, 2015
"It feels good to be a wolf, doesn't it? Power, without guilt. Love, without doubt."
~Dr. Vijav Alezais (Om Puri)

A minor entry in the filmography of director Mike Nichols, WOLF might not be a great film, but it is a good one in a subgenre sorely lacking them. Many early shots haven't the power they should, coming off as ideas for good shots rather than good shots in themselves, yet later visual elements prove effective. Nichols and Rotunno make frequent creative use of mirrors to indicate shifts in perception, and despite being an obvious example of day for night, the signature sequence in which protagonist Will Randall stalks a deer retains beautiful intensity and intense beauty.

WOLF's ultimate flaw is pacing; the turn into straight horror happens too late in the runtime, which paradoxically makes it feel rushed. Thankfully, star Jack Nicholson keeps things interesting. Though the satire-to succeed in business, you must relinquish your humanity-falls a little flat, the actors never so much as stumble. Nicholson (reuniting with his CARNAL KNOWLEDGE director) acquits himself nicely, as do Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader, Christopher Plummer, Eileen Atkins, Om Puri, Prunella Scales, Richard Jenkins, and David Hyde Pierce in supporting roles-a killer cast without the cameo from David Schwimmer of FRIENDS fame.

One cannot discuss a film with Rick Baker effects without mentioning them, which I have now done. If you ever wanted to see a werewolf fight between Jack Nicholson and James Spader, complete with gratuitous slow-mo, then WOLF is the film for you.

And that ending-well, it's a hair-raiser.

For better and worse, WOLF is the most adult werewolf film I've ever seen: Part office comedy, part romance, part horror schlock, its flaws do not prevent it from being a successful hybrid in the vein of its protagonist. Rent it.

"Maybe there's happy endings, even for people who don't believe in them."
September 27, 2015
Good movie from an era where the werewolves were not some sassy guys not wearing a shirt.
September 13, 2015
I first saw this in theatres 20 years ago. It is a fairly cheesy film with a a lot of problems from bad Special Effects, to a cheesy score and poor cinematography. The stunt doubles are almost as bad as the gag used in "I'm Gonna Git you Sucka". But on the plus side, Jack Nicholson looks like he's having a blast and is a lot of fun, Michelle Pfeiffer looks gorgeous and James Spader makes a great villain and the 3 of them make it worth watching.
Super Reviewer
½ July 30, 2015
It works because everyone involved takes the concept seriously.
July 27, 2015
A nice change of pace in terms of werewolf movies -- this one was more like the original Universal Wolf Man than, say, An American Werewolf in London, or The Howling. Those films relied on total transformation from human to werewolf, whereas this film settles for superhuman strength and hirsute surplus. Jack Nicholson is always fun to watch, and Pfeiffer is interesting, too. Nichols emphasizes, like those classic Universal monster movies, atmosphere and mood. There is very little gore and blood, and most of the terror is psychological. The analogy of corporate life and the savagery of nature is hinted at, but not sententiously. Not one of my favorite werewolf films, but certainly not one of the worst ones, either.
June 20, 2015
nostalgic... not perf3ct, but an interesting, and bizarre take on thr werewolf myth in today's corporate culture.
June 11, 2015
Is it worth it to watch Jack Nicholson act like a dog and Michelle Pfeiffer be sexy? Just about.
½ June 7, 2015
The story in the office was pretty interesting , the Wolf wasn't that scary , found it more funny wolfs than horror . The romance thing fine ! SOMVIDEO
½ March 24, 2015
takes bite out of the ole wolfman tale
½ March 7, 2015
The thought of Jack Nicholson as a werewolf was absurd to me..Until I watched this movie.
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