The Wolfman

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Suitably grand and special effects-laden, The Wolfman suffers from a suspense-deficient script and a surprising lack of genuine chills.

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Though absent from his ancestral home of Blackmoor for many years, aristocrat Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) returns to find his missing brother at the request of the latter's fiancee, Gwen (Emily Blunt). He learns that a creature has links to an ancient curse turning people into werewolves when the moon is full. To save the village and protect Gwen, he must slay the bloodthirsty beast, but he contends with a horrifying family legacy.

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All Critics (221) | Top Critics (55) | Fresh (75) | Rotten (146)

  • This is the rare blockbuster that offers its characters - and its audience - no shelter.

    February 18, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • With its mist-shrouded sets, gruesome slaughter and copious CGI, this is a surprisingly respectful updating of the 1941 Universal original.

    February 16, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
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  • Del Toro looks about as dangerous as an urban fox snoozing in a compost bin and Blunt seems to be suffering from some residual Victorian queenliness. Looking in the mirror afterwards, I seemed pale from weariness.

    February 16, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The Wolfman delivers plenty of scares and an abundance of eviscerations, but director Joe Johnston doesn't take the film anywhere unexpected.

    February 16, 2010
    Little White Lies
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  • Digital delirium makes up for lack of plot novelty.

    February 16, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The magic appears to have deserted Mr Baker, because at the appearance of the hirsute fiend what I heard in the stalls wasn't gasps of horror but giggles of mirth.

    February 16, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
    Independent (UK)
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  • Jan 29, 2016
    It had the potential to be a good horror flick, but it failed to deliver. What a waste of its great cast.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Nov 04, 2015
    Another remake we never really wanted but we got it anyway and it's nothing great really, The story has been done loads of times in loads of films, It was predictable, The effects were not that great I expected the Wolfmen to look better but they looked cheap for a film anyway, It's very dark and gritty which I didn't mind it was acted well and it had some good gory action but apart from that it's not got allot going for it as it's nothing we haven't seen before and I'm sure we will see again and again in the future.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2014
    "You've done terrible things." Director Joe Johnston remakes the classic Universal Monster Movie The Wolfman as an ultraviolent horror film. After the death of his brother Lawrence Talbot returns to his family's estate and vows to kill the creature responsible, but during his pursuit he's bitten by a werewolf and becomes an unholy monster. Benicio Del Toro is horribly miscast as Talbot, and Anthony Hopkins' performance is completely phoned in. The gratuitous violence is also a problem, and makes it hard to view Talbot as a sympathetic victim. An ugly and soulless adaptation, The Wolfman is exploitative garbage.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2013
    As a remake 'The Wolfman' is as digitized as they get; offering what is supposed to be a dark insight into a land where the line between humanity and animosity is blurred and a savage werewolf brutally terrorizes Victorian Great Britain. 'The Wolfman' suffers with the self-made juxtaposition between what it strives to be and what it actually is. The few moments of thematic darkness are in vain when placed alongside the somewhat comedic, over the top violence and ungrounded tension. The films biggest problem however, is its overproduced mise-en-scene, its hard to suspend your disbelief when you're looking at something mediated within an inch of its life. A film attempting to deal with the raw, untameable nature of becoming a werewolf shouldn't take place in a land of carefully placed “moody” shadow and glistening, overly clean Victorian attire, it should be an unstable journey into the mind of a man who is more beast then human. Despite its flaws with tone and stylistic uncertainty 'The Wolfman' does have its upsides: an interesting soundtrack and some rare moments of eerie beauty... If only it knew what to do with them.
    Cameron S Super Reviewer

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