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The Wolfman Reviews

February 18, 2010
This is the rare blockbuster that offers its characters - and its audience - no shelter.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 16, 2010
With its mist-shrouded sets, gruesome slaughter and copious CGI, this is a surprisingly respectful updating of the 1941 Universal original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 12, 2010
Benicio Del Toro stars in this lushly art-designed 19th-century period film, but his beefcake-gone-bad magnetism is not enough to justify sitting through a movie that's full of sound, fury and unintentional camp -- and is still bafflingly inert.
February 12, 2010
Actors fulminate and masticate, spit, scowl and sob; what a gas it is to watch them overact with joy and conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 12, 2010
An ill-considered, utterly unnecessary remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 12, 2010
The Wolfman, hokey and uneven though it is, [has] the kind of authentic emotional hook that too many horror movies today don't have.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 12, 2010
Benicio Del Toro pulls off a nifty trick in The Wolfman: He makes turning into a werewolf look as dull as doing your taxes.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 12, 2010
Anthony Hopkins portrays Sir John Talbot. Benicio Del Toro is prodigal son Lawrence. That's a great deal of acting sinew for an oddly anemic outing.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 12, 2010
Consider The Wolfman a pedigreed genre yarn, mindful of its precedents but nimble enough to have a good time in the here and now.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 12, 2010
It's exactly what it's supposed to be: an upscale goth B-movie with dark humor and buckets of blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 12, 2010
While it's sleeker and more sophisticated than the Chaney version, this new Wolfman isn't any scarier.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 12, 2010
Like buffalo meat, The Wolfman is a little too lean for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 12, 2010
The root problem with The Wolfman is that it's a hybrid. It tries to fuse the gothic storytelling of the original with the violence and gore associated with modern horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 12, 2010
This Wolfman is a howler but not in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 11, 2010
The violence is horrific, but it's not scary.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 11, 2010
It doesn't know whether it wants to be dark and moodily glamorous or ridiculous and gory -- it's a creature feature suffering from extreme class consciousness.
February 11, 2010
A film that begins in an eerie gothic mist of suggestion-and turns into a toothless exercise in the obvious.
February 11, 2010
The title character in The Wolfman suffers from a vexing identity crisis, and so does the movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
February 11, 2010
The Wolfman bites, but not -- I think -- in the way the filmmakers intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 11, 2010
When the beast is finally revealed, he's fearsome. Too bad the story's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 11, 2010
A lavish coffee table book of a horror film, The Wolfman features visuals so beautifully planned and executed that each frame begs to be lingered over and savored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 11, 2010
There's not much to recommend this dull, cheerless and not very scary re-imagining of the classic 1941 film.
February 11, 2010
The Wolfman is hardly O'Neill, but it always had subtexts of alpha-male dominance, sexual repression, compulsive behavior and father-son feuds. Johnston runs so fast away from all of it you'd think it was wolfsbane.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 11, 2010
A misty, moody Saturday-matinee monster-chiller-horror special that hits the same sweet spot for moviegoers of a certain age (cough) as those snap-together Frankenstein model kits from the late 1960s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 11, 2010
A few stray livers and severed heads aside, this is a monster too polite for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 11, 2010
There's a dispiritingly rote and uninvolving air about The Wolfman that keeps the movie from being the slightest bit frightening for anyone old enough to see it.
February 11, 2010
There's a lot to appreciate in the shaggy, imperfect but still fun new version of The Wolf Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 11, 2010
Neither scary enough to be exciting nor campy enough to be amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 11, 2010
Compared to Van Helsing, this is fairly satisfying.
February 11, 2010
The Wolfman constitutes a pleasant surprise, if "pleasant" can be used to describe a brooding $100 million-plus diversion with this many beheadings and eviscerations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 11, 2010
In any event, The Wolfman makes a satisfactory date movie for Valentine's Day, which is more than can be said for Valentine's Day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 10, 2010
The Wolfman ends up a disappointment, then, somewhat interesting in places, but nothing to howl about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 10, 2010
Not so much howlingly bad as it is disappointingly lifeless.
February 10, 2010
"Why so serious?" would be an excellent question to direct at the makers of The Wolfman, a high-toned, bloody but otherwise bloodless effort.
February 10, 2010
Del Toro gives his least mumbly performance in years, Blunt provides the film with a little heart and Hopkins delivers the laughs.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 10, 2010
There's more emotion in the monster's howls, which were created by a baritone opera singer, than in Del Toro's monotone mutterings.
February 10, 2010
Johnston sacrifices originality for computer graphics and stop-motion camera tricks, and the script, by Andrew Kevin Walker and David Self, bulges with real howlers: "I didn't know you hunted monsters." "Sometimes monsters hunt you!"