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Van Helsing (2004)



Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 212
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 164

A hollow creature feature that suffers from CGI overload.


Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 33

A hollow creature feature that suffers from CGI overload.



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The greatest monster hunter of them all has his work cut out for him as he tracks down three deadly foes in this action-adventure saga. Gabriel Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) is a man who has dedicated his life to battling evil forces who exist outside the bounds of nature; Van Helsing's work has not always made him friends, and a false accusation of murder still trails him. But when he's summoned to Transylvania at the behest of Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale), whose family has been fighting


Action & Adventure, Horror

Stephen Sommers

Oct 19, 2004


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All Critics (219) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (164) | DVD (48)

The horror flick, at its height, was a lyrical caressing of our fears; by the end of this nonsense, you fear for the well-being of the genre. 'It's dead!'

August 1, 2004
New Yorker
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It's empty calories: There isn't a single nourishing, non-synthetic sequence in the entire movie. Not a scene. Not a line. Not a look.

June 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Slate
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This moronic abomination is not a movie. It's just a noisy, nasty and repulsive video game-slash- theme-park haunted-house ride designed to appeal to the offspring of warlocks and trolls.

May 20, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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This is one of the dopiest movies of the year.

May 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The orgy of morphing, shrieking, lightning-cracking, and habitual rope-swinging quickly turns oppressive.

May 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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A special-effects extravaganza that uses the barest of excuses to bring these characters together.

May 7, 2004
Washington Post
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The already-lousy House of Frankenstein as done up by a filmmaker whose idea of style is to make things as loud and busy as possible... A screaming, noisy, overedited mess of a movie.

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

This is one vampire movie with bite.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

A special effects-laden piece of trash...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

In a blood-thirsty, dead-three-centuries sort of way, it's perfectly charming.

August 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Comments (4)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

An overamped action movie in which the legendary monsters are interchangeable with any other brutish CGI beasts.

July 25, 2007 Full Review Source:

Like the three monsters at the center of the film, Van Helsing is a howling dog, it needs a brain, and indeed, it bites.

November 10, 2006
Christianity Today

Writer and director Stephen Sommers is less interested in developing the characters and more interested in smashing them into things.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

... even in the name of high adventure, the end result was just too silly and unbelievable to accept or enjoy.

December 28, 2004 Full Review Source:

The plotting is dull and ... the action scenes quickly grow tiresome.

December 16, 2004

Silly, preposterous, poorly directed and badly acted.

November 14, 2004 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

A fun ride of a movie, as long as you're willing not to take it too seriously.

November 2, 2004 Full Review Source:

If you were raised on action-packed computer games, this movie is from Sega heaven.

October 14, 2004 Full Review

Too bad [Stephen Sommers'] complete lack of restraint turned this at-first-promising flick into a jarring and prolonged audio-visual wank fest.

August 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

allows for the digital manipulation of virtually everything on screen, turning the movie into a frenetic, attention-deficit cartoon that still manages to look kinda cheap

August 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

'Si quiere verla, mejor espérese a que salga en DVD...y aún así creo de debería pensarlo.'

July 20, 2004

Stephen Sommers delivers stale effect-movie action, outdoing even his own worst efforts.

July 20, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

With Sommers' work it's hard to know where the fan stops and the director starts.

July 16, 2004 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Much like the horror films the characters represent, "Van Helsing" is a movie that's more about the ambiance and setting than the quality of the achievement.

July 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Not every summer blockbuster needs to be a classic, so Van Helsing [shout it out!] gets a decent grade for goofy, ghoulish fun.

June 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Audience Reviews for Van Helsing

29/01/2013 (DVD)
January 29, 2013

Super Reviewer

CGI overload and a story that's been done before better. However there is a good performance by the leads and the creatures aren't so bad either. Still the story let's Van Helsing down. It was alright but it could have been so much more.
February 14, 2012
Directors Cat
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Such a cool idea, I love it, but they wrecked it! The start is great, in the village against the vamp brides and the black and white homage to 'Hammer', the very start was so good and looked like it was going down the right route.

The werewolves look amazing (best since American Werewolf in London - cgi versions) but Dracula is sooo camp, Frankenstein's monster is shit and eggs hatching into vamps?? what the hell!

Beckinsale is white hot and Jackman is a good hero, but they just loose the whole film from the midway point, it gets so tacky with terrible cgi and bluescreen, almost like a music video with Roxburgh as Dracula, and the whole 'Bond' gadgets sideline is too much of a blatant idea rip.
October 14, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Anna Valerious: What do you want?
    2. Frankenstein's Monster: To exist.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (14 months ago)
    1. Igor: Hahaha! You think you can get Igor. Igor get you!
    – Submitted by Zach W (18 months ago)
    1. Gabriel Van Helsing: [shoves Igor to a wall] You will take these two to Dracula's lair.
    2. Igor: No, I won't.
    3. Gabriel Van Helsing: [threatens Igor]
    4. Igor: Yes, I will...
    – Submitted by Zach W (18 months ago)
    1. Count Vladislaus Dracula: Don't we make a lovely couple?
    2. Anna Valerious: Oh my God...
    3. Count Vladislaus Dracula: I am looking for a new bride Anna. Someone strong and beautiful.
    – Submitted by Jessica L (23 months ago)
    1. Dr. Jekyll: My turn!
    – Submitted by I Am The Vast UNIVERSE I (2 years ago)
    1. Marishka: Too bad. So sad.
    – Submitted by Stanislava S (2 years ago)
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