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X-Men Origins - Wolverine Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 7, 2010
You won't be upset you saw it, you'll have some fun, you'll see Wolvie beat the living hell out of a helicopter.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 6, 2009
Did the plot points stick in my head five minutes after leaving the theater? Not so much ... but I know I was having fun while watching.
May 4, 2009
Wolverine's backstory was good stuff -- but after the falling out with Schreiber, the story loses its center and it gets wobbly.
May 4, 2009
I was definitely disappointed.
May 4, 2009
Alas, there's nothing quite memorable here: much of the combat is just a whirl of movement photographed up close. As the X-Men series has progressed, the startling poetic extravagances of the first film have given way to flesh-pounding clumsiness.
May 4, 2009
How does all this play out for those of us -- i.e., me -- who have not been staying up nights fretting over the origins of the X-Men and Women? The answer is: Fairly well.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 1, 2009
Those movies where people get sent to an island somewhere, then discover that everyone's a clone, or a reactor is melting down? Imagine all of that happening at once, only everybody is indestructible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.9/10
May 1, 2009
Shorthand and heavy-handed. Like Wolverine himself, it operates without clarity or rules.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 1, 2009
Suitably filling, if not always nutritious.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 1, 2009
If it's truly an 'Origins' tale, as advertised -- well, where are the explanations?
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 1, 2009
How do you make mutants dull?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 1, 2009
Summer's first tent-pole flick is a dulled outing. It may assuage the die-hard fan, but it's doggedly routine.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 1, 2009
What a wasteful shame.
Read More | Original Score: C-
May 1, 2009
Wolverine is supposedly a comic book movie, and yet it violates one of the tenets of comic books: It doesn't delineate and particularize Wolverine's special powers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 1, 2009
Jackman's committed performance keeps the movie on track, though Huston and Schreiber are strictly on autopilot.
May 1, 2009
Wolverine doesn't rise above the level of familiar competence.
May 1, 2009
Though Jackman is capable, as always, in the title role, there's no real weight to his travails, which play more as exposition than tragedy.
May 1, 2009
With some dire blue-screen effects, dizzying tonal instability and a total absence of suspense or originality, 'Wolverine' is something of a disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
May 1, 2009
In terms of tone and content, Wolverine is a nearer match to Daredevil than Iron Man, but its box office gross will undoubtedly be closer to the latter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 1, 2009
Serviceable but inescapably redundant.
May 1, 2009
The whole thing would collapse under the weight of its own pretensions were it not for the considerable acting prowess of Jackman and Schreiber, who know how to give good growl.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 1, 2009
Heroes and villains clash, then rise up to clash again, just because that's what X-Men do. The truth is, it doesn't matter Y.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 1, 2009
There's little of the seen-it-all, wise-guy acerbity that made his character in the X-Men trilogy stand apart from his fellow mutants. Here, he just glowers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 30, 2009
If you're not a die-hard X-Men comic-book fan, you're going to be lost, and if you are a die-hard X-Men comic book fan, you're going to be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 30, 2009
A transparent attempt to squeeze a faltering franchise for its last drop of box-office juice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 30, 2009
The problem with Wolverine isn't that the mythology is detailed and potentially confusing. The bigger issue is that "Wolverine" is so uninvolving that you might not care whether you remember what happened 10 minutes ago.
April 30, 2009
Even by the standard of a fourth-in-a-series summer blockbuster, Wolverine is remarkably lame.
April 30, 2009
Whatever actually happened, the explosions all go off on time, which in a film like this is all that really matters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 30, 2009
The direction, by Gavin Hood is a case study in mismanagement: of anger, rage, demonic howls that grow into howlers, Olympian camera angles and, above all else, the mismanagement of an unusually personable star.
April 30, 2009
A crude blunderbuss of a superhero movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine proves that the greatest supervillains confronting Marvel Comics' shape-shifters, lycanthropes and mind-readers are clumsy directors and sloppy screenwriters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 30, 2009
Wolverine is full of angst, and yet it has virtually all the humanity wrung out of it in an effort to create a live-action cartoon.
April 30, 2009
Perhaps this was the wrong X-Man to command an entire movie. Somebody find Jackman a role in which he gets to smile, and wake me up when Ian McKellen's back to terrorizing the X-world.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 30, 2009
Jackman's charisma breathes the fire into Wolverine, not the rather pedestrian script or the by-the-numbers action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 30, 2009
X-Men Origins: Wolverine, with its ungainly, geeky title and its relatively trim running time, helps explain just what makes this guy so intriguing and unusual.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 30, 2009
A chaotic headbanger, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is saved from pure flat-footed blockbuster franchise adequacy by six things, three of them on Hugh Jackman's left hand, three on his right.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 30, 2009
Wolverine feels enslaved to its many masters - Marvel Comics, Hollywood, and the young men who devour their products -- never sidestepping the déjà vu it inspires.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 30, 2009
A couple of halfway decent action scenes do little to distract from the story's mounting ludicrousness, or a conclusion that's only a little more satisfying than a projector breakdown. Maybe.
Read More | Original Score: D
April 30, 2009
The clichéd script doesn't develop the secondary characters or the critical theme of the mutants' alienation. (Several of them don't even have any dialogue.)
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 30, 2009
A satisfyingly crunchy action flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2009
Most of the action is a mere replay of a single sequence: Wolverine and Sabretooth galloping toward one another, two immortal bros locked in eternal combat. Certainly feels like it.
April 30, 2009
I have been powerfully impressed by film versions of Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, Iron Man and the Iron Giant. I wouldn't even walk across the street to meet Wolverine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 29, 2009
Sadly, Wolverine's journey is one long run-the-gauntlet scenario, with people pounding on him from all sides until he emerges at the other end as the lone-wolf amnesiac bound for membership in the X-Men gang.
April 29, 2009
Jackman invests his fierce character with a cheeky attitude, clear-eyed intelligence and inherent decency, compelling viewers to care about his metamorphosis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 29, 2009
[A] slice-and-dice superhero fiasco.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 29, 2009
A super-buff Jackman gets to explore the character in more depth than previously and Liev Schreiber, as his brother, makes a dandy bad guy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 29, 2009
While packed with effects and action, without the attention to story and emotional investment present in such films as The Dark Knight and Ironman, Wolverine ultimately doesn't rise above its comic-book roots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 29, 2009
A keen disappointment as action and effects take over from a poorly conceived story.
April 29, 2009
This brawny but none-too-brainy prequel sustains interest mainly -- if only fitfully -- as a nonstop slice-and-dice vehicle for Hugh Jackman.