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Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
May 26, 2011
A period piece that drips mediocrity from the minute it begins.
Brian Orndorf
June 2, 2010
Left with only a small pocket of timeline to embroider, the prequel manages to develop a breezy, bloody, operatic experience. Even better, it wipes away the toxic awfulness of Evolution. It's now safe to return to the Underworld.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Anders Wotzke
August 2, 2009
Lacks the Gothic coolness that made the original such an underground hit.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 28, 2009
...can't help but come off as an obvious high point within this progressively low-rent series...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 17, 2009
Enquanto seus realizadores contam o dinheiro que ganharam com o projeto, farei o mesmo que fiz com relação aos dois primeiros capítulos: publicarei este texto e esquecerei imediatamente do filme que o tornou necessário.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jeffrey Bloomer
Paste Magazine
April 7, 2009
(Has) a fidelity to the style of the originals without the tangled, overstuffed narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 65/100
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 10, 2009
Borrows from 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'The Passion of the Christ' (there are two, count 'em, two gory scourging scenes) and, especially, 'Spartacus'...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Dequina
February 6, 2009
Feels like a superfluous placeholder until Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman are available and ready to make a true third installment in the series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Weinberg
February 2, 2009
At least we're spared a lot of the "legacy this" and "prophecy that" stuff that slows down both of the previous Underworld adventures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric D. Snider
February 1, 2009
The creators seem to have abandoned all hope of manufacturing anything that's even coherent, let alone imaginative.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 30, 2009
Awkward camera angles, editing and pacing of some fight sequences gives a direct-to-video at times. If you're a fan of the last two Underworld movies and are willing to suspend your disbelief and to check your brain at the door for 93 minutes, you'll at l
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jim Judy
Screen It!
January 30, 2009
Parental Content Review
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
January 30, 2009
Nothing special, but it convincingly transports viewers into its Medieval realm of vampires vs. werewolves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Saxon Bullock
SFX Magazine
January 30, 2009
It may be a definite upswing in quality for the series, but if you thought the previous two films were overblown goth-horror nonsense, Rise Of The Lycans really isn't going to change your mind...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Turner
January 30, 2009
Uninspired prequel-slash-threequel that seems to have contractual obligation written all over it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
January 30, 2009
Basically it's Frost/Nixon to Dross/Vixen. And there's plenty to be ashamed of.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 30, 2009
Directed by former special effects artist Patrick Tatopoulos, it is shoddily paced and appears to have been lit with a candle, presumably to hide its obvious budget shortfalls.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Eddie Cockrell
Sydney Morning Herald
January 29, 2009
The numerous action sequences, while imaginative, lack a visual cohesion that allows them to be fully appreciated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
January 28, 2009
Compared to its sister films, the storytelling is stellar, remarkable not because there's a whole lot going on -- in fact, you'll likely leave the theater thinking, "That's it?" -- but because what little does happen makes sense.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
January 28, 2009
And this time there aren't even any leather pants.
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