Van Helsing

2004

Van Helsing

Critics Consensus

A hollow creature feature that suffers from CGI overload.

24%

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57%

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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 supernatural beings for generations, Van Helsing wastes no time answering her call. There, Van Helsing discovers that the undying vampire Count Dracula (Richard Roxburgh) has put a misshapen creature named Igor (Kevin J. O'Connor) under his spell, and, in turn, has forged an alliance with a hideous monster (Shuler Hensley) who was created by the misguided Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Samuel West). Adding to Anna's burden is her brother, Velkan (Will Kemp), a lycanthrope who becomes a bloodthirsty wolf under the light of the full moon. Van Helsing also co-stars Elena Anaya, Silvia Colloca, and Josie Maran as Dracula's vampire brides. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Hugh Jackman
as Van Helsing
Kate Beckinsale
as Anna Valerious
Richard Roxburgh
as Count Dracula
Shuler Hensley
as Frankenstein's Monster
Will Kemp
as Velkan Valerious
Josie Maran
as Dracula's Bride Marishka
Alun Armstrong
as Cardinal Jinette
Tom Fisher
as Top Hat
Samuel West
as Dr. Victor Frankenstein
Zuzana Durdinova
as Opera Singer
Marek Vasut
as Villager
Samantha Sommers
as Vampire Child
Dorel Mois
as Dracula's Ball Performer
Marianna Mois
as Dracula's Ball Performer
Laurence Racine
as Dracula's Ball Performer
Patrice Wojciechowski
as Dracula's Ball Performer
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Critic Reviews for Van Helsing

All Critics (226) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (172)

  • What's left is a world of industrial Gothicism, nightmare morphing effects, ahistoric gadgetry and Breughel-lite grotesquerie.

    Nov 1, 2018 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The exteriors are fantastic, the castles mega-looming, and there's a beautiful -- if fanciful -- masqued ball which shows off to perfection the costumes contrived by Gabriella Pescucci.

    Jan 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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!'

    Aug 1, 2004
  • 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.

    Jun 6, 2004 | Full Review…

    David Edelstein

    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…

    Rex Reed

    Observer
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  • This is one of the dopiest movies of the year.

    May 13, 2004

Audience Reviews for Van Helsing

  • Mar 09, 2014
    Stupid idea for a story, but fun in an idiotic way. I'm embarrassed to say it, but I really liked it -- for a mindless action thriller.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2012
    Horrendously awful doesn't even begin to describe how terrible a film Van Helsing is. The way in which Stephen Sommers bastardizes the classic Universal Monsters is appalling. And the acting is beyond bad, but not as atrocious as the special effects. Van Helsing is an abomination upon film that defiles everything in it.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2012
    Van Helsing is such a mess of a film that I don't even know where to start. Stephen Sommers has created a film that almost entirely focuses on the visual instead of anything else. The film is trying to be entertaining, and I will give it that. Its harmless action that is trying to do nothing but keep us excited. But the story should not suffer in the process. I didn't care what happened in the movie and they take a promisable premise and ruin it with excessive visuals, boring acting, and many cliches. Hugh Jackman is playing himself, he does not change anything up, he is just playing the role he plays in every movie. Kate Beckinsale bores us with her overacting and just trying to be so memorable, but she ends up being forgettable. Like I said, the visuals are fun and I enjoyed some of the action scenes, but they start to use it so much try so hard to show it off that it just becomes a headache. This could've been a great film if they had focused on a good story and characters with as much focus they put into the mindless action.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2012
    This action horror film directed by Stephen Sommers has more negative reviews that I could stand (quietly)! I watched it originally and I remember thinking to myself that these vampires are gorgeous... and someone wishes that soon becomes one...  . For the female audience Hugh Jackman as vigilante monster hunter (and monster) Gabriel Van Helsing should do it, and Kate Beckinsale was the bonus for the male audience. Who say that sex doesn't sell - there it is, sold it to me. This film is a real homage and tribute to the Universal Horror Monster films from the 1930s and '40s of which director Stephen Sommers is a fan. And, if you ask me, he did a nice job. The name of the movie and the main character was inspired by Abraham Van Helsing from Irish author Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. But here you can find a number of monsters next to Count Dracula: the Frankenstein's monster and werewolves, beautiful vampire guardian Aleera and other creatures - in a way similar to the multi-monster movies that Universal produced in the 1940s, such as Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man and House of Dracula. Despite the negative critics reviews, remember one thing: this movie was a hit at the box office, grossing over $300 million worldwide against a budget of $160 million! It was a fast paced, beautifully made, silly, spectacular and after all fun! By the way, a month ago Universal Pictures announced that they're rebooting the film with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci as a two year deal to produce a modern reimagining and Tom Cruise to star as the title character and also produce the film.
    Panta O Super Reviewer

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