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Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans Reviews

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January 23, 2009
The film would all be a complete bore if it weren't for the odd sparks of wit, and the sparks set off by Sheen and B-picture queen Mitra.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 26, 2009
The storyline essentially replicates that of Underworld and Underworld: Evolution, meaning that if you've seen one or both of them, there's no compelling reason to spend your hard earned dollars on the third.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 23, 2009
Superfluous yet modestly entertaining thanks to Nighy and the franchise's blend of camp and visually diverting mayhem.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 2, 2009
Lacks the Gothic coolness that made the original such an underground hit.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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
January 23, 2009
The characters include Fearful Lycan and another called Big Lycan but, unfortunately, none named Compelling Lycan or Lycan Who Breaks Up the Monotonous Fight Scenes With a Couple Good Wisecracks.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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 26, 2009
Director Patrick Tatopoulos was responsible for the creature effects in the two earlier installments, but he's not great at staging fights or directing actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 23, 2009
Full of superficial drama but empty of emotional substance, Rise of the Lycans explains how everything happened in the first two films but fails to address why, which is why both longtime fans and newcomers will still feel they've been left in the dark.
January 26, 2009
The picture is really missing that vampiric bite that it should have.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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-
January 23, 2009
A casting disaster. Michael Sheen played Tony Blair and David Frost. Now he's killed a franchise.
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January 26, 2009
Even with Doomsday's Rhona Mitra as a replacement sultry presence, it's likely to disappoint the franchise's core audience of young males.
January 23, 2009
It's very two-dimensional, even for a fantasy flick.
January 22, 2009
While the movie isn't the worst thing in the world, it's just as forgettable, if not more than, the first two UNDERWORLD films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
January 23, 2009
The first two in the series were visually pleasing action films but this prequel suffers from bad special effects and awkwardness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 26, 2009
Unlike Mr. Nighy, who puts an amusing camp spin on his every line and gesture, Mr. Sheen appears to have taken his monster duties seriously.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 27, 2009
The prequel is what's left when the shallow pleasures of the first two films have been boiled away, leaving only their worst elements behind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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