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The Wolverine Reviews

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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
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 9, 2013
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 ...
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
July 29, 2013
Getting [Wolverine] to the movie's above-average finale required three writers - Christopher McQuarrie, Mark Bomback, and Scott Frank - to pad the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
July 26, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
RogerEbert.com
July 26, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
July 26, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 26, 2013
Mangold front-loads the action, but near the end there's a first-rate fight atop a bullet train between Wolverine/Logan and some especially pesky ninjas. It puts the train fights in the recent The Lone Ranger to shame.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 26, 2013
Just as comic-book movie fatigue was starting to set in, along comes The Wolverine to revive a moribund summer of superheroes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 26, 2013
The idea of Wolverine fighting off waves of yakuza and ninjas amid shoji screens is tantalizing, but Mangold bungles the staging and cuts so fast that you can't ever savor their silhouettes.
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Raju Mudhar
Toronto Star
July 26, 2013
It's a credit to the production team that these elements somehow work, with the movie at its best as a superhero/Asian crime drama mash-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 26, 2013
Although The Wolverine eventually falls back on a comic-book formula and CG effects (the climactic face-off between Logan and a giant silver warriorlike thing is totally generic), Mangold and his team find time to explore more nuanced realms ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
July 25, 2013
This is a serious, sometimes dark and deliberately paced story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 25, 2013
The Wolverine represents a strain of faux gravitas that squeezes nearly all the fun out of blockbuster moviemaking. Here we have multimillion-dollar proof that slow and unsure can be just as dull as hyperkinetic chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 25, 2013
A refreshing summer cocktail of action-movie staples, The Wolverine combines the bracingly adult flavor of everyone's favorite mutant antihero with the fizzy effervescence of several mixers from the cabinet of Japanese genre cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
July 25, 2013
It has a more absorbing story and intriguing sensibility than Iron Man 3 or Man of Steel, and even when its action falters, this film is more original and exotic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 25, 2013
"The Wolverine" is an erratic affair, more lumbering than compelling, an ambitious film with its share of effective moments that stubbornly refuses to catch fire.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 25, 2013
Instead of expounding a tedious origin story or staging an epic battle for apocalyptic stakes, "The Wolverine" focuses on a specific and self-contained adventure in a richly imagined place.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
July 25, 2013
Like most superhero films, "The Wolverine" depends mostly on sheer mechanics -- both in front of and behind the camera -- and on that level it's a resounding success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 25, 2013
The film is a misconceived misfire, over-solemn for its first two acts and overstuffed with BLAM! POW! TEDIUM! at the climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 25, 2013
A movie so unspectacular and meaningless it might be mistaken for an old episode of "The Incredible Hulk."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
July 25, 2013
It may be a streamlined, 21st-century take on the Frankenstein story, but it's not an improvement; for a 3D adventure, this noisy action fantasy falls as flat as cardboard.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 25, 2013
Hugh Jackman, in his sixth time up as Wolverine, still has the juice. This pissed-off man of Adamantium claws is stalking new ground (Japan), and his fight with yakuza on top of Tokyo's speeding bullet train is a wowser.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 25, 2013
Somewhere along the line somebody must have had a crazy idea, that The Wolverine required a decent script, and shouldn't rely only on action, audience goodwill and the sight of Hugh Jackman with his shirt off. The team delivers with this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 25, 2013
Finally - a superhero movie that doesn't feel like every other superhero movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 25, 2013
"The Wolverine" won't change anybody's mind about the character, or about what Jackman can do with it. It's simply a more focused scenario than usual, full of violence done up with a little more coherence and visceral impact than usual.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 25, 2013
Hugh Jackman doesn't sing in The Wolverine.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 25, 2013
Taken on its own terms "The Wolverine" is the cleanest, least pretentious and most satisfying superhero movie of the summer.
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
July 25, 2013
A Wolverine tale that's more loaded with psychological questions (his immortality is seen as a curse) and makes the haunted character more interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 25, 2013
Too many ninjas, too few mutants.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
July 25, 2013
"The Wolverine" just might be the best comic-book-based superhero epic since Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
July 25, 2013
"The Wolverine" dispatches its hero to Japan to grapple with a sinister criminal element and his own virtual immortality. For the uninitiated, the scene shift is surprising - and an effective way of dramatizing and accentuating the hero's dual nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press
July 25, 2013
At this point [Jackman] could play the role in his sleep - but he doesn't, and the nuances he and director Mangold bring to the character lift this enterprise up from the usual blockbuster-sequel fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 25, 2013
"The Wolverine" is the best superhero film since "The Avengers" - maybe even since "The Dark Knight."
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
July 24, 2013
The Wolverine -- despite being an improvement on Gavin Hood's muddled 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine -- isn't worthy of Jackman's gifts.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 24, 2013
It's a good effort. Just not an entirely successful one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 24, 2013
Cliches seep into what could have been a fascinating glimpse into a multifaceted character. Still, this X-Men spinoff is a marked improvement over 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 24, 2013
There's teeming bombast and great gushers of villainy, but we've seen it all before and we'll see it all again, probably next week.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
July 24, 2013
In the mood for a giant cup of "who cares?"
Full Review | Original Score: 3.1/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 24, 2013
There's the usual villain problem (too many of them -- and none of them memorable) and a tone that may take parents of young Wolverine fans by surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
July 24, 2013
For a sturdy 90 minutes, one of Marvel comic's most intriguing creations is served well by director James Mangold's "The Wolverine."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
July 24, 2013
It doesn't payoff prior installments or set up future ones, but seems to exist almost out of time, for the simple, quaint purpose of pitting its iconic mutant superhero against samurais, ninjas, and vicious yakuza thugs.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
July 24, 2013
James Mangold delivers an efficiently brutal and straight-faced action-adventure once again showcasing Hugh Jackman's trademark scowl in the role he was born to play.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
July 23, 2013
Moments in The Wolverine rank among both the franchise's best and worst, but there's enough in the positive column to make the movie a must for fans and entertaining viewing for casual observers.
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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
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Peter Debruge
Variety
July 23, 2013
Though Wolvie comes across a bit world-weary and battle-worn by now, Jackman is in top form, taking the opportunity to test the character's physical and emotional extremes.
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Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter
July 22, 2013
Until a third act that collapses in a harebrained heap, the director largely succeeds in keeping the more cartoonish aspects at bay, roughing up the surface with organically staged fight scenes and, crucially, raising the stakes.