The Wolverine

2013

The Wolverine

Critics Consensus

Although its final act succumbs to the usual cartoonish antics, The Wolverine is one superhero movie that manages to stay true to the comics while keeping casual viewers entertained.

71%

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69%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 253,165
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Movie Info

Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in this sequel to the member of the X-Men's first solo outing. Mark Bomback and The Usual Suspects' Christopher McQuarrie penned the script, which takes its inspiration from the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Marvel miniseries from the 1980s dealing with the character's adventures in Japan as he fights ninjas in the ceremonial garb of the samurai. Knight and Day's James Mangold directs. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Cast

Brian Tee
as Noburo
Ken Yamamura
as Young Yashida
Famke Janssen
as Jean Grey
Shinji Ikefuji
as Pock-Face
Nobuaki Kakuda
as Buddhist Priest
Yu Shao-Kang
as Old Woman
Andrew G. Cesana
as Fruit Cart Vendor
Conrad Coleby
as Red Beard
Taris Tyler
as Bar Man (Red Beard's Friend)
Bela B. Felsenheimer
as Yukon Bar Patron
Necie Owens
as Yukon Bar Patron/Man Near Bar
Barbara Pindar Smith
as Yukon Bar Patron
Allan Popple
as Yukon Bar Patron
Geoff Burke
as Bartender
Yasuyo Shiba
as Reporter 1
Tom Wilson, Sr.
as Party Girl 1
Gonzalo Calzada
as Party Girl 2
Henry Miller
as Cashier
Jason R. Goode
as Japanese Businessman
Johnny Shroyer
as Tower Guard
Kuni Hashimoto
as Lead Officer
Erich Chikashi-Linzbichler
as Senior Officer at POW Camp
Naoya Ogawa
as Yakuza 1
Lilian Benson
as Yakuza 2
Eric Laciste
as Yakuza 5
Garret Sato
as Dying Yakuza
Feroz Khan
as Army Officer 1
Yoji Tatsuta
as Army Officer 2
Yoshinori Fukushige
as Train Commuter
Hiroshi Kasuga (II)
as Yashida Security Guard
Yumiko Nakamura
as Mariko Staff
Louis Okada
as Pat Down Guy
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Critic Reviews for The Wolverine

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  • Japan seems valued more for its scenery and costumes than anything having to do with its character.

    Jul 14, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a relief to come across a blockbuster that finds a location and stays there, rather than hopping desperately from one place to the next ...

    Aug 9, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Getting [Wolverine] to the movie's above-average finale required three writers - Christopher McQuarrie, Mark Bomback, and Scott Frank - to pad the plot.

    Jul 29, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • It restores the tarnished lustre to this most fan-beloved of Marvel characters by doing precisely what Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's near-sacred 1982 run did: It pumps some feeling into the guy along with his muscles and steel talons.

    Jul 26, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Director James Mangold's film features some breathtakingly suspenseful action sequences, exquisite production and costume design and colorful characters, some of whom register more powerfully than others.

    Jul 26, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Too quickly the random fights pile up -- so many yakuza thugs who forgot to wear chain mail that morning -- and you yearn for the film that might have been.

    Jul 26, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wolverine

  • Aug 15, 2017
    The Wolverine is easily my favourite solo Wolverine film. Don't get me wrong, Logan is great but this is far more enjoyable and less soul draining. We follow Logan to Japan where he is invited to say farewell to an old friend he once saved, however he is now embroiled in a family where power, money and immortality are at stake. James Mangold had a really easy job, just make it better than the abysmal X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He did that and then some. The balance between Logan's haunted past and the Yashida family affairs was perfect. The dream scenes with Jean Grey highlight how tainted Logan really is, how he struggles to let go of his past. It's a story about love, forgiveness...and badass swordplay sequences. Those of you who know me, know that my weakness in films are those that are set in Japan. I don't know why, it just is. James Mangold made Japan look beautiful, it was colourful and modern. Hugh Jackman, once again, is Wolverine. His physical prowess is ridiculous, clearly you don't want to have an arm wrestle with him...his veiny veins of vein-ness might just pop (seriously though have you seen them!?). Hiroyuki Sanada gets to wave a sword around, that's bonus points right there. The action sequences were thrilling and well filmed, I'm thankful that we as an audience are able to see everything and not be plagued with shaky cam or frequent jump cuts. The bullet train scene was damn fun to watch. The combination of modern and traditional Japan was well balanced and did not feel forced. The Viper was memorable enough to be classed as a good villain, maybe not the best choice of actress but it certainly wasn't a bad performance. Everything just felt fresh, it's what the franchise really needed. The third act does stumble into typical superhero blockbuster territory but that is to be expected, it couldn't stay mature forever I guess. Some of the slower scenes did drag slightly as well, but if anything it adds to Logan's character development. The Wolverine was fresh, bold and exciting to watch. It should be appreciated a little bit more.
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2017
    While it loses steam as time goes on, The Wolverine benefits from gritty action, likable characters, and Hugh Jackman's usual strong performance to make up failings from a somewhat predictable plot and weak villain.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2016
    the set pieces are back up to scratch except for the O.T.T. bullet train scene. had much more story than the last wolverine film, there's time for acting and there didnt have to be action every single second, which makes you care who wins when the action does occur! the only mildly annoying bit was tin man at the end.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2016
    Though it's an incredibly vast improvement over 'Origins', I can't deny the fact that; 'The Wolverine' is the most definitive stand alone film of the X-Men film series to date that has clear focus on Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. Not only is it gorgeously photographed and shot, it's a very coherent and in depth character study of the actual character of Wolverine, that has stuck with us for almost the entirety of the films to date. For all it's exciting action and compelling plot, it's really the essence of the story that keeps this film standing. Although, in itself it does stumble succumbing to some usual antics within it's third act, focusing from one action scene to another and loosing it's sense of story. This has certainly been a very fine and redeeming event, not only for character but for the franchise in general. 'The Wolverine', delivers on it's character focus and huge scope in a very satisfying, entertaining and gratifying manner, able to keep fans and casual viewers invested.
    Luke E Super Reviewer

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