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Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 26, 2009
It is not necessary to have seen the first two Underworld films to fully enjoy the third. It might be helpful, however, to first see a bartender.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
January 26, 2009
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is as unnecessary as it is uninvolving. Only fans desperate to learn how the whole vampire-werewolf conflict began are likely to get anything out of this viewing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
January 26, 2009
The third film in Screen Gems' grimly competent, vampires-versus-wolves franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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Clark Collis
Entertainment Weekly
January 26, 2009
Sheen and Nighy do their best with the material, but this is easily the worst Underworld so far.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joel Brown
Boston Globe
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
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
January 26, 2009
Lycans, helmed by longtime creature-designer and first-time director Patrick Tatopoulos, just repeats the tale again at feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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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.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 23, 2009
I'd provide more detail of plot and dialogue, but the visual palette was way too dark for me to take legible notes; and frankly, though I saw it at a midnight screening hours ago, the movie just wasn't that memorable.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
January 23, 2009
The digital video images are blurry, the fight scenes messy, the editing jerky, and the derivative plot absurdly overwrought.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6