“Who Hails The Moon Cometh Change And Renew For Tonight We Will Howl In The Darkness”
“What Are You Afraid Of?”
“When The Moon Is Full, The Legend Comes To Life”
“The Beast Will Have It's Day, Let It Run Free!!!!”
“When The Beast Is Finally Revealed, He's Fearsome.”
“A Surprisingly Good Movie. The Wolfman Casted A Curse Over Me, And Now I Enjoy Watching It (especially During A Full Moon).”
“Waste Of Film”
“Not Too Strong But Gripping Enough”
“Kill Or Be Killed!”
“When The Moon Is Full,the Legend Comes To Life!!!”
“THE BEAST WILL HAVE IT'S DAY,LET IT RUN FREE!!!”
“"Never Look Back Laurence Neverl Ook Back, Its A Wilderness Of Horrors"”
“WHEN THE MOON IS FULL MOON THE LEGEND COMES TO LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
“"Unsuccessful Remake Leaves 'The Wolfman' Howling All Night With Disappointment"”
“I Didn't Knew Chewbacca Would Be So Aggressive!”
“My Expectations Where Sooooo Much More For This Movie...”
“THE BEAST WILL HAVE IT'S DAY,LET IT RUN FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.”
“Wow! A Horror Remake That Turns Out To Be Really Awesome For Once!”
“THE BEAST WILL HAVE IT'S DAY,LET IT RUN FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
“Terrible Things Laurence You've Done TERRIBLE THINGS!”
“For A 69yr Hiatus From This Horror Classic, This Remake Acutally Does It Some Major Justice.”
“Terrible Things, Lawrence. You've Done Terrible Things.”
“The Unoriginal Well Made Film”
“Don't Listen To The Critics, This Is A Fantastic Remake Of A Classic Horror Film”
“It Was Okay”
“THE BEAST WILL HAVE IT'S DAY,LET IT RUN FREE!!!!!!!!!”
“Even He Who Is Pure At Heart And Says His Prayers At Night, May Become A Wolf When The Wolfbane Blooms, And The Autumn Moon Is Bright.”
“At Least He Didn't Have An IPod And Attack A Pepsi Store On Diesel Jeans Day”
“"The Beast Will Have It's Day" - Sir John Talbot (Anthony Hopkins)”
The Wolfman, hokey and uneven though it is, [has] the kind of authentic emotional hook that too many horror movies today don't have.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The title character in The Wolfman suffers from a vexing identity crisis, and so does the movie.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
There's not much to recommend this dull, cheerless and not very scary re-imagining of the classic 1941 film.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
While it's sleeker and more sophisticated than the Chaney version, this new Wolfman isn't any scarier.
Rick Warner - Washington Post
A misty, moody Saturday-matinee monster-chiller-horror special that hits the same sweet spot for moviegoers of a certain age (cough) as those snap-together Frankenstein model kits from the late 1960s.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
There's a lot to appreciate in the shaggy, imperfect but still fun new version of The Wolf Man.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
A film that begins in an eerie gothic mist of suggestion-and turns into a toothless exercise in the obvious.
John Anderson - Wall Street Journal
Actors fulminate and masticate, spit, scowl and sob; what a gas it is to watch them overact with joy and conviction.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Consider The Wolfman a pedigreed genre yarn, mindful of its precedents but nimble enough to have a good time in the here and now.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Anthony Hopkins portrays Sir John Talbot. Benicio Del Toro is prodigal son Lawrence. That's a great deal of acting sinew for an oddly anemic outing.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
In any event, The Wolfman makes a satisfactory date movie for Valentine's Day, which is more than can be said for Valentine's Day.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The Wolfman constitutes a pleasant surprise, if "pleasant" can be used to describe a brooding $100 million-plus diversion with this many beheadings and eviscerations.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Compared to Van Helsing, this is fairly satisfying.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
A lavish coffee table book of a horror film, The Wolfman features visuals so beautifully planned and executed that each frame begs to be lingered over and savored.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Benicio Del Toro pulls off a nifty trick in The Wolfman: He makes turning into a werewolf look as dull as doing your taxes.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
The Wolfman ends up a disappointment, then, somewhat interesting in places, but nothing to howl about.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Johnston sacrifices originality for computer graphics and stop-motion camera tricks, and the script, by Andrew Kevin Walker and David Self, bulges with real howlers: "I didn't know you hunted monsters." "Sometimes monsters hunt you!"
Rex Reed - New York Observer
"Why so serious?" would be an excellent question to direct at the makers of The Wolfman, a high-toned, bloody but otherwise bloodless effort.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Like buffalo meat, The Wolfman is a little too lean for its own good.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Del Toro gives his least mumbly performance in years, Blunt provides the film with a little heart and Hopkins delivers the laughs.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
This Wolfman is a howler but not in a good way.
Bruce Demara - Toronto Star
The violence is horrific, but it's not scary.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
An ill-considered, utterly unnecessary remake.
James Adams - Globe and Mail
It doesn't know whether it wants to be dark and moodily glamorous or ridiculous and gory -- it's a creature feature suffering from extreme class consciousness.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
The root problem with The Wolfman is that it's a hybrid. It tries to fuse the gothic storytelling of the original with the violence and gore associated with modern horror.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Not so much howlingly bad as it is disappointingly lifeless.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
There's more emotion in the monster's howls, which were created by a baritone opera singer, than in Del Toro's monotone mutterings.
David Germain - Associated Press
The Wolfman bites, but not -- I think -- in the way the filmmakers intended.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
It's exactly what it's supposed to be: an upscale goth B-movie with dark humor and buckets of blood.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
When the beast is finally revealed, he's fearsome. Too bad the story's not.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Who would have thought that only six weeks into 2010 we would have a contender for worst film of the year?
Glenn Dunks - Trespass
There is a better movie in here, lost in the edit and screaming to get out, but unfortunately, this Wolfman is howling at a moon that's only half-full.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
The movie keeps the traditional look of the Wolfman and uses a mixture of practical effects and digital wizardry.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
It truly is a modern spin on a classic, in almost all of the worst ways.
John Gholson - Cinematical
Given its troubled path to the big screen, The Wolfman (2010) is far better than it has any right to be.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
I was dumbly entertained in spite of (or maybe because of) all that.
Dave White - Movies.com
What's missing in this Wolfman is something timeless: the human cost that gives tragic meaning to the metamorphosis and potential cure.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Joe Johnston turns a classic monster into an anaemic bore.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
The only thing scary about Joe Johnston's The Wolfman is that it exists. The fact that people, nay professionals, spent several years working on this picture genuinely upsets me.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
I enjoyed it as a companion piece to the superior original...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
A slick update of the monster movie classic, The Wolfman features strong imagery and performances, yet is lacking in animal instinct.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
While The Wolfman often veers towards the realm of camp, no irony is to be found herein.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
In the end, The Wolfman reminded me of a couple of people I have dated - achingly beautiful but emotionally barren, and just a tiny little bit scary.
Cris Kennedy - Screenwize
Flounders in its stabs at epic action-horror grandeur.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
It can't be a coincidence that all of the characters constantly talk about obligation. And Emily Blunt has the most telling line, "This place is impossible to escape." This was no doubt a professional edict for those on the set.
Adam Lippe - Examiner.com
A glossy, good-looking production that never fully delivers on its promise of resurrecting one of the great movie monsters for a modern audience.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
Like most of director Joe Johnston's work, solidly gets the job done as a brisk, bloody entertainment.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Lawrence's transformation is scary because he's a sympathetic character. ... His sophistication can't save him from reckless impulses. I risk making a fool of myself if I say this is timely and relevant.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
This moody and violent remake has several terrific moments.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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Dragan Antulov - Draxblog Movie Reviews
Benecio Del Toro is suitably brooding in this well-intentioned, credibly gothic and gory update that still feels only half right.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
A lack of focus plagues the entire film. The director, writers and actor himself have conspired to render the title character blank, lifeless.
Annlee Ellingson - Moving Pictures Magazine
Hopkins is clearly Hopkins here, and the extension of his role in the story kept me asking why.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
The action is fine. The casting is a bit of a disappointment. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
...suffers from an egregiously deliberate pace that slowly but surely renders its overtly positive attributes moot...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A torpid retelling of the classic lycanthropy story, both bloated and constricted, mostly glum but punctuated with nasty, intrusive humor, and more interested in decor and makep than genuine style.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
You couldve recast the whole film with a row of totem poles and I'm not 100% sure anyone would've noticed the difference.
Marc Fennell - Triple j
The clumsy and ineffectual story doesn't do anything but stand in place, whirring.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
An over-edited mess that tries to sell energy without having any -- it's listless and bland.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
What fun. Lighten up and enjoy. The Universal monster film is back!
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
Um protagonista sem qualquer indicio de personalidade, uma atuacao sem qualquer envolvimento de Hopkins e um roteiro sem qualquer sinal de inteligencia.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Love Anthony Hopkins, and Benicio is the right choice for the part, but the director blows it anyway.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
works hard to honor the B-movie legacy on whose shoulders it stands while also elaborating and expanding the mythology
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Despite the hairy production process, Universal Pictures has managed to rescue a half decent chiller in this remake of the 1941 classic B-grade Wolfman that starred Lon Chaney as the man turned beast.
Simon Weaving - Screenwize
Journeyman director Joe Johnston has crafted a generally effective if inconsequential monster movie, highlighted by Rick Baker's beautifully rendered makeup effects and designs.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Not scary, hardly compelling, and ultimately pretty silly. Lovely to look at, though.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
Bite worse than bark bulletproof beasts without benefit of steroids, species profiling, paw to paw beatdown staged like a World Wrestling Federation bout with fur, and the manimal who came to dinner.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
The Wolfman reframes the werewolf legend -- so weighty with communal perversity and collective guilt -- so that it's all about a very bad dad.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
The new Benicio Del Toro movie, "Hirsute and Hatin' It" (okay, "The Wolfman"), is so ripe with the stink of fouled fromage, it should have taken place in France instead of Victorian England.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
To mix monsters -- The Wolfman is one of those films that was put together like Frankenstein. With all the bloody musical chairs, The Wolfman should collapse. But the Wolfman has enough camp and verve to grab you by the throat. And maybe the funny bone.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
An adequately respectful but fairly forgettable film, which earns brownie points for the werewolf mayhem, good intentions and simply for not being Van Helsing.
Ian Berriman - SFX Magazine
It's not insultingly dumb. That's refreshing in a 2010 horror pic.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Many hands labored on The Wolfman...yet nobody seems to have figured out just how to approach the material.
Andy Klein - Christian Science Monitor
Horror fans won't be impressed by The Wolfman's crude editing; romance fans will feel unfulfilled.
Maddy Myers - Boston Phoenix
This is the rare blockbuster that offers its characters - and its audience - no shelter.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
Special effects and location shots can only get you so far when your cast looks like they're telegraphing their performances in.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Neither as bad as you've probably heard, nor is it anywhere near as good as I might have hoped.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Gloriously, exuberantly awful.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
An enjoyably bloody homage to Universal's classic hair 'em, scare 'em monster. There's plenty of gore and guts to cheer; it just needed more of everything else: heart, horror, affection and artistry.
Jonathan Crocker - Total Film
A pleasing return to the studio's much-loved Gothic tradition.
Jamie Russell - Radio Times
The movie just can't decide what it is. It's part horror and part navel-gazing romance.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Digital delirium makes up for lack of plot novelty.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
The magic appears to have deserted Mr Baker, because at the appearance of the hirsute fiend what I heard in the stalls wasn't gasps of horror but giggles of mirth.
There is more than a hint of the House of Hammer in a gothic yarn that favours florid melodrama, thunderous music and frantic pacing.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
...pleasant surprise simply by virtue of not being as thoroughly awful as you expected. And yes, that's qualified praise. It means, nostalgic horror buffs give it a whirl and all others beware.
Maitland McDonagh - Miss FlickChick
The problem with this modern version of the old tale, however, is that it's basically a load of codswallop we can no longer swallow without choking.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Gallingly leaden remake of the 1941 Lon Chaney Jr. classic both lives and dies by its transformations.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
Like Wuthering Heights meets Chewbacca with a migraine.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Dark and drab this movie looks like something made more than forty years ago. Somewhere Lon Chaney is howling.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Utterly uninvolving and never remotely scary.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
A good film, well produced with great sound and guaranteed shocks.
- FHM [UK]
An entertaining and surprisingly bloodthirsty creature feature with a superb performance from Del Toro.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
This B-movie made on an epic budget is so over-the-top that the earlier you start giggling the better. Even though it's played dead straight, it's an old-style monster romp that couldn't be any more camp if it tried.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Nothing to howl home about - practically a lesson in pointless film-making.
A bad idea from the start.
James O'Ehley - fantastiqueZINE
The Wolfman is uninspired, barely coherent and often remarkably boring; it is a mongrel of a film, and the scars of its troubled production are all too visible.
Philip Concannon - The Skinny
Del Toro should have been perfect for The Wolfman, and it is his involvement in the project that attracted most critics to it, but his performance is mostly disappointing.
Nick Deigman - Fan The Fire
An uneven tone and the feeling of too many cooks mars the finished product, but there are moments of beauty and real terror.
Helen OHara - Empire Magazine
With its mist-shrouded sets, gruesome slaughter and copious CGI, this is a surprisingly respectful updating of the 1941 Universal original.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
The Wolfman is a shaggy dog story that's oddly easy to enjoy, for all that there are clearly manifest flaws to chew over. Ignore them and savour for what it is - meaty chunks of gothic silliness in a marrow-chilling jelly.
Del Toro looks about as dangerous as an urban fox snoozing in a compost bin and Blunt seems to be suffering from some residual Victorian queenliness. Looking in the mirror afterwards, I seemed pale from weariness.
For the most part, a ripping good time -- literally.
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
The pace is ponderous, the plot a confusion of secrets and lycanthropes, and the violence and gore excessive.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
The Wolfman delivers plenty of scares and an abundance of eviscerations, but director Joe Johnston doesn't take the film anywhere unexpected.
- Little White Lies
While the special effects and occasional chase scenes might be enough to pacify the younger crowd, grown-ups will find it curiously bloodless.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
It looks good, jolts often, and moves at a fair lick. And it certainly puts a silver bullet into the puffed-up were-wusses of Twilight.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Despite massive production troubles including key personnel changes, elaborate CGI and substantial reshoots, this long-delayed update of a classic 1940s monster movie finally hits screens with an exuberant roar.
Ben McEachen - Sunday Times (Australia)
Johnston's "Wolfman" a gory examination of repression.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
The 2010 version is a creature of its time, unfortunately. It has little idea how to create tension, a liability that director Joe Johnston conceals with a high gross-out factor.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
The actual Wolfman makeup looks great and you can see the actor through it. His movement as a biped is fantastic. Then they blend it to a silly animated running blur because that's how we roll in modern day visual effects.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
The script has some very nice touches but goes over the top in the final act. In many ways it is much more a work of art than the original film, but the original will be remembered when this film is forgotten.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Rick Baker's fantastic werewolf creation, amazing production design and unexpectedly gory special effects save the film from the wolfsbane combination of wildly uneven acting and a rickety, middling script
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
To say there is nothing new about The Wolfman is to miss the fact that this is its charm.
Giles Hardie - smh.com.au
hearkens back with great hope and poor follow-through to Universal's classic horror films
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
I don"t know whether to scream or to drop a fun-size 3 Musketeers into Benicio's pillow case.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Just like the duality of the Wolfman himself, there is a wild and crazy fun part to this movie and a serious, dull, lifeless partition as well.
Danny Minton - Fort Bend Sun
The legend of the Wolfman has always been a premise in search of somewhere to go.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
I'll give it a star and a half -- but only because I'm too professional to give it a full moon.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
A barely coherent, often inconsistent film that fails to generate any of the emotions it so desperately wants to evoke
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
That Universal's visually sanguine yet emotionally bloodless revival of their most ferocious and most tragic movie monster is a complete stiff is beyond debate.
Sean Axmaker - Seanax.com
...A worthy romp through full moon nights. The original, 1941 version is still preferred, but 'The Wolfman's' director Joe Johnston pays grand homage while playing to the 2010 crowd.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Those pining for an Olde Tyme Monster Movie will find a solid balance between past traditions and modern sensibilities here.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Despite the a classic pedigree and a cast full of Oscar winners and nominees, the script credited to Andrew Kevin Walker and David Self never develops the characters into the first or second dimension, much less the third.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
Wisually stylish and initially suspenseful, but too unevenly paced while deficient in surprises, imagination and palpable thrills.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
What's missing from The Wolfman is what's hard to put on paper -- tension, suspense, emotion -- the elements needed to make this rather simple story go from more of a mild entertainment to something truly memorable.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
Features Oscar winners Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins at their most take-the-money-and-run uninspired. That the film is set in the 1890s didn't prevent these two from phoning in their performances.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Unfortunately, there is too much "man," and not enough "wolf."
John DeVore - Premiere Magazine
Sadly lacking in snarl.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Hopkins, Del Toro and Blunt do the best they can with the material. Thanks in large part to their performances, the movie never slips into full-on cheese territory.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Benicio Del Toro stars in this lushly art-designed 19th-century period film, but his beefcake-gone-bad magnetism is not enough to justify sitting through a movie that's full of sound, fury and unintentional camp -- and is still bafflingly inert.
Ernest Hardy - L.A. Weekly
Just in time for Valentine's Day. Apparently, nothing says "I love you" more than a big hairy werewolf biting somebody's head off.
Scott A. Mantz - Access Hollywood
An embarrassment to Universal's horror legacy.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
As Talbot, Del Toro proves to be inspired casting... but as the brooding victim of "lycanthrophy," who fears and hates what it turns him into, he's perfect.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
A mangled, short-sheeted stab at reanimating a horror icon, Wolfman is a mess; it's a poorly-stitched, overthought, ear-splitting bungle of a picture, dragging a few normally trustworthy filmmaking professionals down with it.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Wolfman...is all bark and very little bite.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
I'd rather watch 'Teen Wolf' on repeat than yawn through 'The Wolfman' again. It's the type of movie where you can fall asleep for 20 minutes, wake up and realize you didn't miss a thing.
Clay Cane - BET.com
What does it say about The Wolfman that its token cleric is vastly less interesting than his broadly comic counterpart in Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit?
Steven D. Greydanus - Christianity Today
Stuffy and old-fashioned, taking itself way too seriously even at its silliest moments. - NERVE.COM
Scott Von Doviak - culturevulture.net
The Wolfman more closely resembles a slasher flick with an A-list cast than the Universal horror cycle that it derives from.
Sonny Bunch - Washington Times
Baker's fantastic make-up effects together with great performances from Del Toro and Hopkins make this a fun experience. Don't expect an even plot and character development.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
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Jim Judy - Screen It!
Glacial in tone, sluggish in pace, and lifeless in performance, the film is a dreary, uninteresting dullard.
It makes for a weird mishmash of macabre comedy, goopy romance, grisly violence, psychodrama and a movie in which individual scenes work, even if they do not work together.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
There's never a silver bullet around when you need to put a lame monster reboot out of its misery.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Outstanding production design and heavy doses of gore render this a gleefully gothic tale, though the story could have used a bit more attention.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
As for Hopkins, he's clearly indifferent to the whole project, and one suspects his eyes kept darting back and forth between the dopey script in one hand and the hefty paycheck in the other as he mulled over whether to accept the part.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
While this Wolfman redo certainly doesn't live up to its 1941 predecessor, it serves its purpose. That is, if you like a somewhat dull, Gothic story that only gets exciting once the guy grows hair and big teeth.
Kit Bowen - The Movie Kit
The fundamental problem with the film is that it doesn't know whether it wants to be old-fashioned or cutting edge.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
It feels rushed, meddled with; like a film whose ambitions were crushed in the editing room.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Victorian melodrama and outrageous gore make horrific bedfellows in this ill-conceived homage to the classic monster movies of yore.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
Wolfman is more a slasher flick than a monster movie. He moves like a locomotive and kills like Jason Voorhees, slashing throats, de-limbing, beheading and gutting with repulsive efficiency.
Jeff Otto - cinemaobsession.com
Nothing can prepare you for the unrelenting awfulness of The Wolfman.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
One of those incredibly frustrating works that has so many things going for it that it becomes almost painful to watch as it falls far short of what it might have achieved if it possessed a better screenplay as well.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Neither scary enough to be exciting nor campy enough to be amusing.
Joe Holleman - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Loved the production design, the cinematography, costumes, and Rick Baker's fantastic furry make-up, but The Wolfman overall didn't leave me howling with joy.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
This isn't the utter disaster the misguided Van Helsing was, but neither is it the stealthy, Hammer-esque dark night of the soulless that it was clearly intended to be.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Might have been more crudely entertaining if so many people involved didn't try so hard to make it about more than werewolves running free.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
... a welcome return to the classic Universal monster movie.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
The Wolfman is a tiresome film. It derives all its scares from sudden sounds and startling movements. Furry, fanged fiends leap at the camera from just offscreen so many times that it becomes positively monotonous.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Scary and fun and thrilling, The Wolfman brings the Universal Monsters back to the screen in a way that's fitting and modern and still respectful.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Snarling and savage, yet ultimately silly. Where are those silver bullets when you need them?
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
When all you can deliver is an expensive, effect-heavy horror flick that's just plain boring, it's time to rethink things a bit.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
In place of legitimate tension and suspense, The Wolfman features more cheap jump scares and loud scary noises than every J-horror film ever made put together.
Jen Yamato - Movies.com
This been-there-mauled-that monster movie gets points for being loud and rather bloody, but it still hasn't found a way to make werewolves interesting.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
"The Wolfman" is not only a roller coaster ride of horror but a fitting and worthy tribute to the original.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Victorian clothing, things that go bump in the night, and Anthony Hopkins in a tiger-skin robe rattling around an oversized mansion, chewing the scenery. What's NOT to love?
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
Unfortunately, the gore is now the most exciting part; the other stuff somehow just lies there, without ever inviting us in.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Johnston's direction sidesteps suspense to deliver a surplus of tactless, out-of-nowhere jump scares that are more irritating than frightening.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
...a surprisingly effective update that respects the gothic tradition yet jolts with restrained gore and surrealistic drug-induced nightmares.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The finale is like watching Mexican pro wrestling, except instead of wearing colorful masks, they're covered with fur...it doesn't suck, but it doesn't have much bite, either.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
A well-acted horror story with a sophisticated screenplay that, unfortunately, waters the seeds of violence, prejudice, and speciesism within us.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Equal parts gorefest and borefest, The Wolfman is not the unmitigated disaster that many were expecting %u2026 or even, let's admit it, hoping for.
Brian Juergens - CampBlood.org
Werewolves have perennially taken something of a back seat to vampires, ghosts, aliens, and, recently, zombies in the imaginations of horror filmmakers and fans, and this dreary effort will do nothing to change that.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Hopkins is in his element and, as usual, incredibly fun to watch. He's a bit heftier than Hannibal Lecter, but the dangerous twinkle is still there.
Cathy Jakicic - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The studio definitely wasn't sitting on a hidden gem. Wolfman is predictably gory but distressingly low on scares and style.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
The Wolfman is hardly O'Neill, but it always had subtexts of alpha-male dominance, sexual repression, compulsive behavior and father-son feuds. Johnston runs so fast away from all of it you'd think it was wolfsbane.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Del Toro's Lawrence isn't that interesting or that sympathetic, and the estranged father-son dynamic that's introduced doesn't work.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The Wolfman is not a teen, thank the Hollywood god in charge of movie icons, but Del Toro's god-awful wig was scarier than the gorefest!
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
It's more good than bad, and when it really gets its wolf on, it does so with a shaggy, deranged glee that left me laughing.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
A few stray livers and severed heads aside, this is a monster too polite for its own good.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
After a troubled production, the remake of the horror classic finally arrives in theatres decidedly worse for the wear.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
Everything is bad -- the awful script, Joe Johnston's un-atmospheric direction, and the acting, which contains enough ham to meet the protein needs of an entire pack of wolfmen.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
There's a dispiritingly rote and uninvolving air about The Wolfman that keeps the movie from being the slightest bit frightening for anyone old enough to see it.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
The Wolfman boasts a solid principal cast from Del Toro to Hopkins and up-and-comer Emily Blunt, but Del Toro especially seems to be going through the motions at half speed, as if waiting for the beast and the stuntmen to take it from there. Only H
Rick Mele - AskMen.com
The metallic tang of blood is all over the elegant facade of this mysteriously disappointing, dispassionately underpowered story...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
It believes what it's peddling regarding silver bullets, ivory fangs, full moons, and peat-mossed British moors soaked in crimson blood. But it's faithful at the expense of any fun.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
Snore, snore, fur, snore, snore, blood.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
By pandering to the Avatar market's debased taste and indifference to storytelling details, this technically polished, emotionally crude remake sets back the advances that once had been made in horror movies.
Armond White - New York Press
Lycanthropic lore, and lots of gore.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
Decent production values and makeup can't compensate for the dramatically inert text, made worse by banal dialogue even gifted Del Toro can't help, and helmer's little understanding of the genre, the anxiety, fear, fun it has offered viewers for decades.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
While The Wolfman has some really proud moments, ultimately it feels like a Franken-film... In short, when the Wolf Man wasn't ripping off people's heads -- it was unbearably boring.
Brad Miska - Bloody Disgusting
At times it is a visually sumptuous, updated love letter to the classic film which inspired it; at others it seems a muddled mess.
Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton - Dread Central
I never would have guessed that I would say this, but The Wolfman could have benefited from less Del Toro and more CGI.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Nothing wrong here that a silver bullet couldn't fix.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
You know a horror film's in trouble when the morning-after scene is more satisfying than the 'night before.'
Steven Snyder - Techland
The new film is consummately made, with superb make-up and effects, again by Rick Baker.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
Congratulations Universal - you made Van Helsing 2.
Todd Gilchrist - H Magazine
A rambling, pseudo-Freudian house of horrors, with lots of things to jump out of us and look creepy but virtually nothing that's truly scary.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
If you're going to remake a classic movie, The Wolfman is an excellent example of how to do it right.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
A more emotionally expressive actor might have given us a more visceral connection to the legend than what the superbly mounted production provides.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Would that Joe Johnston's The Wolfman were spectacularly awful, then it would have been at least a fun time at the movies.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
"An American Werewolf In London" still retains its title as the best werewolf movie ever made.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The action scenes are pure kinetic motion, which is what Johnston is best at; he fares less well when he goes for mood or suspense.
Ray Greene - Boxoffice Magazine
A brooding but dramatically muted reboot of the classic monster-movie franchise, director Joe Johnston's action-horror film oozes Gothic atmosphere without supplying any character to fill it.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
If you like your horror with a bit of B-goodness and nostalgia added for flavour, then The Wolfman is right up your alley.
Hernan Alcerreca - V Music
The poor pacing, blatantly obvious narrative signposting and over-reliance on false scares generated by sudden sounds and movements, removes any chance of The Wolfman actually being frightening.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Written and crafted with great sensitivity, this is high class gothic horror
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Splattered with the blood of authenticity, this is an impressively executed genre film spiked with scares, tension and pathos as we enter the surreal world of the tortured werewolf
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile