The Wolverine Reviews

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July 14, 2015
Japan seems valued more for its scenery and costumes than anything having to do with its character.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 26, 2013
Whether in the fights or the love scenes, we don't know where to invest our emotional energy.
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.
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 ...
July 25, 2013
This is a serious, sometimes dark and deliberately paced story.
July 25, 2013
A handful of bold ideas brought down by the need to regress to a blander, more box-office-friendly middle ground.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 25, 2013
This is a big, loud, commercial picture which does not appear to have been written so much as audience-tested, global-market-researched, greenscreened and CGI-ed to within an inch of its life.
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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