The Wolverine - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Wolverine Reviews

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J. Olson
April 17, 2016
This kind of clinical, halfhearted filmmaking is why superhero fatigue is as real as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Tyler Stevens
The Young Folks
July 14, 2015
For the most part, The Wolverine succeeds at being an improvement over the last solo outing for the clawed superhero. But it's not much better.
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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader
July 14, 2015
Japan seems valued more for its scenery and costumes than anything having to do with its character.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Josh Terry
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 22, 2016
The Wolverine does hold great potential, but its best elements are underdeveloped.
Daniel Barnes
Sacramento News & Review
December 30, 2013
Jackman shuffles along with zombie obligation, as though he can't believe how much money he's been paid to go through these motions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rodrigo Perez
The Playlist
July 26, 2013
The Wolverine wants to have it both ways: a dark character story and an action-packed superhero film. But it never reconciles the two notes, and thus becomes more and more atonal as it wobbles towards its symphonically jarring ending
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
July 28, 2013
An interesting but underwhelming spin on the Wolverine character, where intimacy outshines action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Serba
July 26, 2013
This franchise is starting to feel as immortally weary as its most beloved hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
July 26, 2013
We've seen better. We've seen worse. Have another few yards ready for me in a years' time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
July 24, 2013
The synopsis promises to put the Wolverine, a blue-collar superhero, into an appropriately realistic criminal environment, but in practice it all adds up to Wolverine fighting the usual big robot in a volcano-sized laboratory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Looker
July 18, 2013
You'll be left wishing that it was a fun comic-book movie with some emotional weight, rather than a serious character study with a few exciting scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
July 23, 2013
It's the stuff of Saturday-morning cartoons, but Mangold - who, as in the appalling 'Knight and Day', edits all action sequences on the shaky frappé setting - hasn't the visual pop or lightness of touch to make it bounce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
July 27, 2013
A guileless movie that's been dulled on the page and sanitised in the editing suite.
July 26, 2013
This Japanese vacation looks like a smart, entertaining diversion for the X-Men franchise, but Wolverine soon proves to be a less than superhuman protagonist when taken out of an ensemble context.
Siobhan Synnot
Scotland on Sunday
July 22, 2013
It's laudable that Wolverine tries to show cultural curiosity outside all-American heroism. It's just unfortunate that whenever the action stops, Wolverine in Japan has the same kind of clunk as You Only Live Twice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
July 29, 2013
This film doesn't offer much in the way of excitement or suspense. Aside from a slightly unexpected plot development in the final minutes, it does things by the book.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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July 25, 2013
A handful of bold ideas brought down by the need to regress to a blander, more box-office-friendly middle ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman
July 25, 2013
Oh, Wolverine. Why, oh, why, in the name of all that is awesome and pointy, don't your movies work?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
August 14, 2013
The movie contemplates Logan's existential dilemma for all of two seconds before getting to the slashing and bashing.
| Original Score: 5/10
Phil Villarreal
July 26, 2013
By the end of the movie, Wolverine sort of manages to convince you everything would be better if he found a way to go off and die like he wants to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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