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Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
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
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
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 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
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
January 27, 2009
I have to say that I did enjoy seeing Tony Blair/David Frost/Michael Sheen strutting around in an action film. The incongruity was most enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 26, 2009
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is surprisingly campy fun, mostly succeeding through the power of its lead performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
January 26, 2009
Round 3 in the vampire-werewolf battle to the undeath rises to the occasion.
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
January 25, 2009
What a strange irony that the latest and best of the three Underworld films is the only one lacking the series' biggest asset.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
January 25, 2009
... bookends the original with its sequel (Evolution) so well that the three films presented together are actually better than each of the trilogy's three individual parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
January 25, 2009
Never did a movie have a more descriptive title.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Adam Fendelman
HollywoodChicago.com
January 24, 2009
Interview: While Alfred Hitchcock and more recently M. Night Shyamalan have teetered between whether or not to write roles for themselves into their own scripts, there's no tottering for Underworld character writer Kevin Grevioux.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Leydon
Variety
January 23, 2009
The performances are forceful enough to keep things interesting even when no one is sprouting fangs or drinking blood.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 23, 2009
For all you guys who were dragged kicking and screaming to Twilight last year, here's your chance to show your woman what a real vampire movie is all about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Luke Y. Thompson
E! Online
January 23, 2009
Tatopoulos has trimmed the fat for a more-satisfying bloodsucker brawl than we have any right to hope for in a January release.
| Original Score: B-
January 23, 2009
If you've had enough Oscar-nominated oatmeal, and you're in the mood for a big bowl of sugary cereal with no nutritional content, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is ready for you to sink your fake fangs into it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com
January 23, 2009
Michael Sheen certainly makes the most out of his role as Lucian. He's the center of attention and relishes in it. Fans of the monster-film genre will not be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jesse Hassenger
Filmcritic.com
January 23, 2009
derivative and silly, and still inescapably inessential. But on a cold day in late January, it's a lot of fun
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
January 23, 2009
The film wrings the last drops from the franchise, with that Romeo and Juliet - or that should that be Romero and Juliet? - plot twist making for a flick likely to delight horror fans.
Andrew J. McGlinn
FILMINK (Australia)
January 22, 2009
Loyal fans will find that there's still bite left in this franchise.
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
January 22, 2009
Those Goth-savvy filmgoers who enjoyed the first two Underworld epics will have no complaints here. Everything they love is delivered in spades...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
July 5, 2012
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