Van Helsing Reviews

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November 16, 2019
The humor, most of which comes from a monk as a comic sidekick, doesnt work here either. It just emphasizes how campy the whole premise really is.
January 4, 2019
It's this relentlessness of the action and technology that make the film more of a simulated ride. I wouldn't have boarded.
November 1, 2018
Despite (or maybe because of) the nonstop action and the special effects, I looked at my watch a lot. This is too long and the script is nothing but segues from one action, special effect-laden, sequence to another.
November 1, 2018
What's left is a world of industrial Gothicism, nightmare morphing effects, ahistoric gadgetry and Breughel-lite grotesquerie.
October 31, 2018
By the final scene, all we care about is when Sommers will wrap up his magic act and let us all go home.
October 31, 2018
There are a number of good ideas just visible, but they seem to have been edited to death. Where the film needed vision, there is only polite compromise.
October 31, 2018
Hugh Jackman may be able to hold his own but not by much. It's not his fault though.
October 31, 2018
Sommers has talent, but no discipline or attention span.
October 31, 2018
Van Helsing itself is an unholy mix of exhumed ideas from a generation of monster movies. Unlike the monster, though, it never comes to life.
February 1, 2018
We do not care about anything or anyone, we just thrill to the next special effect.
August 24, 2017
If Van Helsing was meant to be a Saturday afternoon matinee fodder, it is both too ponderous to be fun and too silly to be scary.
July 19, 2014
A chaotic blur of recycled archetypes from classic horror flicks, action sequences unbound by laws of gravity and physics, and CGI special effects that somehow manage to appear ridiculously expensive and unconvincingly obvious all at once.
May 16, 2011
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.
April 29, 2009
A special effects-laden piece of trash...
July 25, 2007
An overamped action movie in which the legendary monsters are interchangeable with any other brutish CGI beasts.
November 10, 2006
Like the three monsters at the center of the film, Van Helsing is a howling dog, it needs a brain, and indeed, it bites.
December 6, 2005
December 6, 2005
July 25, 2005
Writer and director Stephen Sommers is less interested in developing the characters and more interested in smashing them into things.
March 5, 2005
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