... the series never expands on the promise of its one innovation.
Gregory Kirschling - Entertainment Weekly
With leads who strain to manage one facial expression between them, and a cinematographer shooting everything through the same steel-blue filter, Underworld: Evolution is a monotonous barrage of computer-generated fur and fangs.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
The murkily atmospheric sets resemble the ruins and prisons of Piranesi.
Philip French - Guardian [UK]
The script ... isn't particularly interesting ...
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
There's no guiding power at work here; it's Evolution without a shred of intelligent design.
Ben Kenigsberg - Village Voice
... a movie that beats you over the head until you -- along with all the fanged and furry beasts of the future -- are senseless.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
... Underworld: Evolution registers visually but isn't alive enough to cast a reflection or shadow.
Matt Weitz - Dallas Morning News
A monster chiller sequel that is visually spectacular but rather overburdened with story.
David Hiltbrand - Philadelphia Inquirer
Pic should please a fan base that has grown during original's international theatrical and homevid roll-out.
Joe Leydon - Variety
Director Len Wiseman, formerly of the music-video world, is still stuck on music-video logic: Throw in awesome-looking stuff, throw in more awesome-looking stuff, don't worry so much about connecting anything.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
There's nothing new under the sun -- or out of it -- as vampire movies go.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
The plot is so convoluted that missing even five minutes at a stretch won't make any difference in your comprehension of the story.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
I dare anyone to follow the plot, which manages, like some ill-baked meringue, to be both too light on the surface and too densely clotted underneath.
Stephen Metcalf - Slate
Underworld: Evolution is representative of the 'modern' vampire movie -- loud, violent, and raucous.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
... there's little wit or genuine suspense to elevate the proceedings above the level of a cheesy comic book.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
Fangoria might as well shine up that Chainsaw Award in the Female Killing-Machine category.
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
Yes, I'll admit, it's better than the first film, but really not by much.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Nudity and excessive exposition accompany gore-infused visual f/x in this splashy modern Goth extravaganza.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Overall, Underworld: Evolution is a vast improvement over its predecessor Underworld (2003), even if it generally suffers from the twin evils of stupidity and seriousness.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
It never lives up to the potential of its premise about a centuries-old war between rival clans of vampires and werewolves.
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
...the series continues to squander its undeniably irresistible premise of vampires and werewolves duking it out...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
This is one of the more maddening franchises going right now, because so much potential is being wasted by director Len Wiseman, who can't seem to get the formula right.
Bob Grimm - Sacramento News & Review
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
I'm thinking about hair color after just having seen an action-horror movie; that's a bad sign.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Underworld films are a highly specialized taste, and those who've acquired it know who they are. Everyone else should give this one a wide berth.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Not a lot to recommend this sequel.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
The movie is intermittently entertaining and often gory but rarely exciting.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
full review in Greek
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
The digital critters look much better than in the first film, it's fun seeing Derek Jacobi and Bill Nighy vamp it up, and the sight of Kate in that suit makes it worth squinting through all the murk.
Jim Schembri - Sydney Morning Herald
It's interesting and very telling that in the credits the actors are named last. It's Wiseman's way of acknowledging his films are not about performances but special effects.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
I can't even begin to divulge the storyline because it's mostly unfathomable.
Derek Adams - Time Out
Takes itself way too seriously and relies way too heavily on its "multi-generational gothic soap opera" exposition volleys that crop up whenever someone's *** is not being kicked.
Scott Weinberg - DVDTalk.com
Evolution's action sequences are as horribly bungled as its plot, resulting in a string of repetitive confrontations that feel toothless even by the last movie's standards.
James Dyer - Empire Magazine
There isn't much that is new or fresh about Underworld Evolution . . .
James O'Ehley - SA Movie & DVD Magazine
Loud, dark, and hopelessly enmeshed in loop-de-loop arcing plot mechanics that create more confusion than tension.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
... triste constatar que qualquer bobagem pode dar origem a uma serie caso obtenha um sucesso - mesmo moderado - de bilheteria.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
See it if you dig on action, vampires, werewolves, a little bit of story and plenty of bloody fun.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Silly fun but still, it's fun!
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Just one big bloody mess.
Hanh Nguyen - Zap2it.com
So dedicated to its ludicrously convoluted plot that it takes half an hour to explain what the hell is going on.
Paul Arendt - BBC
[Underworld: Evolution is] silly and ... not as good as the first film but at least it has plenty of action in it to keep the Friday night crowd happy.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Just how much of the 105-minute running time of Underworld: Evolution, the sequel to the titular 2003 film, is actually a new movie is debatable since a good deal is told in flashback.
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
Paul Greenwood - Future Movies UK
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
It's not quite quick enough to be anywhere near as gloomily engaging as the cast's original outing.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
A worthy sequel and a bloody good ride.
Chris Carle - IGN Movies
Underworld: Evolution is what an Uwe Boll movie would look like if Sony's money were behind it rather than German financiers and if it lacked any unintended laughs.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
It's like the story of Father Abraham if it were crazy and incoherant.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
The movie isn't funny or campy or terribly exciting or very interesting, but it's not egregiously dimwitted or insulting, either.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Underworld goes overboard.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Despite a better story this time, director Len Wiseman follows the same action-movie formula.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Not much has changed since you last saw the Death Dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale).
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
An impressive bat-winged vampire king, Kate Beckinsale in skintight pleather, complicated but simpleminded plotting, death by helicopter blade, etc.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
With Underworld and its sequel Underworld: Evolution, Len Wiseman proves that he's more than capable of giving Uwe Boll a run for his money for the title of World's Worst Living Genre Filmmaker.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
The whole thing unfolds like a video game, and would probably be more fun to play than to watch, though the proceedings are reasonably entertaining
Luke Y. Thompson - Los Angeles CityBeat
For all the scenes of gory mayhem, you'll find more suspense watching the Winter Olympics curling event.
Stephen Humphries - Christian Science Monitor
True to its title, Underworld: Evolution represents a modest learning curve for director Len Wiseman, who advances from the inept awfulness of his first vampire-versus-werewolf idiocy to the determined mediocrity of this incomprehensible follow-up.
Ian Grey - Orlando Weekly
Mind numbingly boring. I'm still awaiting the return of werewolves in trousers -- like Lon Chaney Jr. and Henry Hull.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
What's Kate Beckinsale doing in a movie like this? Oh yeah, her husband directed it
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Cool, maybe. But it's also utterly stupid
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
As always, Beckinsale remains a beautiful void --one with all the right curves and not a glimmer of personality... a pretty, porcelain nothing.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
As with Underworld: Evolution's 2003 predecessor, you leave the theatre feeling as if the filmmakers are still back there, with PowerPoint flow charts, explaining the flashback-intensive plotline ...
Chuck Wilson - L.A. Weekly
True to its serial roots, this equally silly but undeniably entertaining sequel to Underworld (2003) picks up right where its high-grossing predecessor left off and offers more of the same ...
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
... this Underworld sequel has only piled on the things that made its predecessor annoying: Heavy-handed backstory and aimless, affectless mayhem.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
Derivative in the extreme, this labored snore of a supernatural-action film is a needlessly convoluted pastiche of tired elements from both The Matrix and Blade trilogies.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
... despite an admirable attempt to test the boundaries of the genre, the continuing saga about the war between the vampires and the werewolves is humorless, too confusing and not particularly fun to watch.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
As far as gratuitous follow-ups go, it is neither evolution nor devolution. A more appropriate title is Underworld: Stagnation.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
... while Evolution has an interesting enough setup, the payoff is underwhelming, unevolved and far from otherworldly.
Dean Essner - E! Online
works as a mindless exercise in popcorn filmmaking, but fails in every attempt to be something more than just a quickie sequel.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
It's nice to watch a femme-driven action piece that doesn't completely suck (except in ways it should)
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
A slightly better movie than its predecessor, but honestly, that's not saying much.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
'I did all my own stunts,' said Kate, by which she primarily meant the one called 'acting.'
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
If you enjoyed the first, you'll find things to enjoy about this one.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Evolution? Not quite.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Time was when I looked forward to, well, sinking my teeth into a good scary vampire film.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
This is one sequel that has devolved into the realm of the boring instead of evolving into something great.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
You get the sense that second time director Len Wiseman has no idea what it was that audiences liked so much about his original movie in the first place.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
There are absolutely no werewolf chicks to hang out with. The vampires have all the ladies, who leap around in tight leather and often partake in wild orgies in dark catacombs.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
[nothing] can help a film that has blithely discarded a coherent plot or any sort of logic, internal, external, or even whimsical.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
While a slight improvement over its beautifully gothic, hopelessly empty predecessor, Underworld: Evolution retains many of that picture's problems.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Dave White - Movies.com
I suppose bloodlust is enough excuse for anyone willing to endure 105 minutes of monster derby, but really: Who are these characters?
Mark Collette - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
An incoherent mess covered in sticky, goopy blood without one interesting action scene or fresh stunt.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Violent femme Selene delivers the gory goods."
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
There's a reason why Kate is front and center on the poster... and no other reason whatsoever to spend money on the movie it's promoting.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
A war between vampires and werewolves was sort of cool once. But twice?
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
If you listen to Marilyn Manson, read Fangoria magazine, and do all your clothes shopping at Hot Topic, then Underworld: Evolution is the movie for you. All others needn't bother.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Devoid of its predecessor's proletariat-aristocracy allegorical undercurrents and beset by more perplexing flashbacks than a Timothy Leary apprentice.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Comes off as a slight improvement over the original, if only because the stake lodged up its hindquarters seems to measure a few millimeters smaller.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
So this is what eternal damnation feels like.
David Frese - Kansas City Star
almost indistinguishable from the first installment... functions primarily as Wiseman's multimillion-dollar love letter to Beckinsale...
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Murky, uneven, and filled with an extravagant, needless backstory that would make Tolkien double take, Evolution fails to live up to the promise the original film made.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
This sequel proves that Underworld has not in fact evolved with an ending hinting at yet another installment. Can we just please keep that in the coffin?
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
It's round two of the battle between vampires and werewolves. I won't reveal who wins, but the audience certainly loses.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
What gratuitous guilty pleasures Underworld promised, Evolution delivers. Indulge.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
it's hard to drum up the enthusiasm to call it anything more than a hybrid of unnecessary and average.
Joel Meares - Filmcritic.com
all about the gore, blood and killing with some prurient, but ultimately disappointing, titillation thrown in. Sadly, some people will take that as an endorsement instead of as a condemnation.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
'Evolution' is certainly a bad film, but at least it revels in its badness with a sly smile.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Somehow manages to be both louder and dumber than the original.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Underworld: Evolution was a huge step up from the first film. But then again, there wasn't really much room to get any worse.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Stylish, but doesn't really re-imagine the vampire genre, cluttering the screen with creatures that no longer shock or surprise us. It's also a bit too long to pack a mean punch.
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