Critics Consensus

Wolf misses the jugular after showing flashes of killer instinct early on, but engaging stars and deft direction make this a unique horror-romance worth watching.



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Jack Nicholson becomes a werewolf in this bizarre comedy-horror film directed by Mike Nichols. Nicholson plays Will Randall, a book editor with a testosterone deficit who has just been sacked at his publishing firm by a new boss, Raymond Alden (Christopher Plummer). A colleague, Stewart Swinton (James Spader), whom Randall thought was his friend, betrays him. Randall's personality changes after he hits a wolf with his car and gets bitten by the creature. He immediately feels more powerful, has heightened hearing and vision, and sets about to right the wrongs in his life. He visits Alden at the publisher's mansion to protest his dismissal, and he is asked to leave -- but Alden's daughter Laura (Michelle Pfeiffer) asks him to stay for lunch. Laura loves to defy her father. Will tells her about the wolf bite, and she becomes attracted to him. But because werewolves usually kill the ones they love, Laura is in danger. Will reasserts his place in the publishing world, supported by his loyal secretary Mary (Eileen Atkins), and his relationship with Laura deepens.

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Michelle Pfeiffer
as Laura Alden
James Spader
as Stewart Swinton
Kate Nelligan
as Charlotte Randall
Richard Jenkins
as Det. Bridger
Christopher Plummer
as Raymond Alden
Om Puri
as Dr. Vijay Alezias
Ron Rifkin
as Doctor
Brian Markinson
as Det. Wade
Shirin Devrim
as Older Woman
Kirby Mitchell
as Younger Man
William Hill
as Preppie
Cynthia O'Neal
as The Dance Woman
Allison Janney
as Young Business Person
Tom Oppenheim
as Young Butler
Starletta DuPois
as Victim's Mother
John Hackett
as Cop in Central Park
Tim Thomas
as Intellectual Man
Joanna Sanchez
as Receptionist
Kaity Tong
as TV Newscaster
Lisa Emery
as Intellectual Woman
Lia Chang
as Desk Clerk
James Saito
as Servant
Leigh Carlson
as Party Guest
Max Weitzenhoffer
as Party Guest
Dwayne McClary
as Gang Member
Michael Raynor
as Pigeon Man
Jennifer Nicholson
as Young Publishing Executive
Arthur Rochester
as Man by Elevator
Jack Nesbit
as Man in Conference Room
Dale Kasman
as Office Worker
Jeffrey Allen O'Den
as Office Worker
Neil Machlis
as Sleazy Lawyer
Kenneth Ebling
as Ticket Taker
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Critic Reviews for Wolf

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Audience Reviews for Wolf

  • Mar 13, 2012
    [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] Jack Nicholson is totally commmited into his role and is probably the best part of this horror flick. Well it wasn't scary at all so I wouldn't actually call it horror. I enjoyed the premise of Wolf more than the actual film. It's got decent direction and a few laughs but it was aggresively unamibitious in it's execution. It could have been better but I enjoyed Nicholson and the attempt at something better than a production line werewolf movie. It's very cheesy and it isn't good but then again it isn't bad either.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2011
    I remember seeing this movie at the drive with my parents when I was about 8 years old, but thats all I remember of it. Well no movie featuring Jack Nicholson as a werewolf can be all that bad right? Answers yes and no. Yes, the movie isn't bad exactly, but no that doesn't mean it ever really climbs out of the pit of mediocrity that it's in. So middle of the road you'll feel like you've seen it 100 times before, then a week later you'll forget all about it again. Hit or miss I guess. While it's on it's enjoyable, and I'm not going to go so far as to say I didn't like this movie. It just doesn't offer anything new to the werewolf genre and as a result is pretty generic and forgettable. Worth a watch for genre enthusiasts I guess. Really just a minor foot note though.
    Ed Fucking H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2011
    Mike Nichols directs this update of the wolfman myth with Jack Nicholson as the victim/monster. Here its played interestingly as sort of a desirable thing, a fountain of youth, an answer to societal submissiveness. Michelle Pfieffer adds spice as the woman drawn into it.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2011
    Like the legends of the vampires, werewolves are one of the most abused and tainted urban Legends and folklores out there and it is hard to make one that takes the legend seriously and is able to breathe new life into it. Well, here is a film that does a damn good job about it and does it right. The direction of this film is, for the most part, very well done. The story is kept suspenseful, the presence of the evil is here, and we see the harm and danger the power of the werewolves causes on it's human victim plus we see some cultures explain their version and the prevention of this creature. But the thing I like the most is how the wolfs look in this film. While watching this film, I was reminded of the Robert Rodriguez film "From Dusk Till Dawn". In that film, it had vampires. But these vampires still looked human while being complete demons from Hell. The same thing is said here. These are wolfs that are werewolves, but keep intact human characteristics. That is what is needed. Now, the acting is spot on with wonderful performances from Jack Nicholson (Academy Award Winner for One Flew Over The Cuckooâ(TM)s Nest) and Michelle Pfeiffer (Cat Woman in Time Burton's Batman Returns). One thing I like is how Jack Nicholson makes a presence that feels like that at any moment, he could go off and go crazy. He is perfect for this film and it shows it. Now, the script to this film is rather interesting. You all know the saying "This is going to the dogs?" Well, this film is something of a metaphor for the destruction of the publishing house and how it is going to the dogs. What is happening now is that people are hiring inexperienced yuppies to take control of industries while allowing the people that do know how to do the job in the dark and forgotten. This film predicts that in a very good and convincing way. Now, the score is done by the master of films scores himself: Ennio Morricone. Morricone, who done the score for John Carpenter's The Thing creates a score that is erriely reminiscent of The Thing, and I like how it works here. His scores take a life of their own and, in return, go on to create more than likely one of the best werewolves films out there. Bottom line: This film overshadows the damage done by modern film makers in the text of werewolves and is a film that should now be missed.
    Zach B Super Reviewer

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