Wolf Totem Reviews

January 10, 2018
This attempt to say something about the struggle between humans and wild animals is too bombastic and unfeeling.
March 2, 2016
While visually stunning, this Chinese French collaboration is melodramatic and narratively disjointed. It is a man-and-his-dog story meets outsider-learning-to-appreciate-a-new culture story, just set in a place unfamiliar to Western audiences.
September 11, 2015
The four-legged creatures are more compelling than their two-legged counterparts in this visually stunning 3D adventure.
September 11, 2015
Though Wolf Totem is notable for being a Chinese-scripted-and-shot film that actually offers some kind of critique of the communists, it nevertheless falls into a fairly well-worn story of an outsider growing to appreciate a culture he's come to change.
September 11, 2015
Something ends up lost in translation. Its aspirations of looking and feeling recognizable end up uncomfortable and embarrassing.
September 10, 2015
Annaud's adaptation of Jiang Rong's Chinese novel is a visual wonder but a dramatic dud, a cut-and-paste mess of plot snippets, illuminated by the occasional inspired visual conceit.
September 10, 2015
Annaud creates a vivid sensory experience that simply doesn't make much of an emotional impact. It's all fur and no fangs.
September 10, 2015
The movie lacks the kind of animating vision that would make its big-screen National Geographic covers ... into something more.
September 9, 2015
The animal footage looks fantastic but the humans are mere cardboard characters and their interactions with the wolves and each other don't prove all that illuminating.
September 8, 2015
Wolf Totem itself becomes a pitched battle for supremacy between the breathtaking glories of nature and the grinding banality of man. Here, as ever, nature loses.