Van Helsing Reviews

  • A long, kinetic, yet dreary mess.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Despite the rococo obsessiveness of its special effects and its voracious sampling of past horror movies, Van Helsing is mostly content to offer warmed-over allusions and secondhand thrills.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • The dashing Jackman plays his part well enough, but the script doesn't provide sufficient Indiana Jones-style bons mots to win us over.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • A special-effects extravaganza that uses the barest of excuses to bring these characters together.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • There's never a dull moment, but there's also never a moment. It never stops. It's a perpetual-motion machine.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • Van Helsing is one excruciatingly loud set piece of CGI hooey after another, and when a character or a plot twist does manage to make you laugh, you're not sure whether it's camp or ineptitude.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The orgy of morphing, shrieking, lightning-cracking, and habitual rope-swinging quickly turns oppressive.

    Ed Park — Village Voice

  • Old monster movies were thrilling in a way that mingled terror, sexuality and a real preference for the monsters over their tormentors. Van Helsing is a kiddie adventure on an endless, meaningless loop.

    Jami Bernard — New York Daily News

  • We've seen worse movies -- I'm sure of it -- but this opening salvo of the summer season is so extravagantly, off-the-wall bad it pushes the others from memory.

    Eric Harrison — Houston Chronicle

  • The film is an unending cavalcade of razzle-dazzle that becomes continuously less dazzling.

    Philip Wuntch — Dallas Morning News

  • Enjoying the overblown but well-intentioned Van Helsing requires the campy mind-set of that TV show, not the spooky gravity of classic monster flicks.

    Michael Booth — Denver Post

  • The horror flick, at its height, was a lyrical caressing of our fears; by the end of this nonsense, you fear for the well-being of the genre. 'It's dead!'

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • Silly and spectacular, and fun.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • A movie that's underwritten, overdirected, overproduced and almost constantly over-the-top. But it's also, at its best, a big tongue-in-cheek extravaganza.

    Michael Wilmington — Chicago Tribune

  • A noisy, 19th-century fantasy adventure that goes nowhere.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • More and more summer movies depend on relentless action sequences at the expense of coherent narrative, but Van Helsing might be the first whose overkill reaches nuclear capacity.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • No one's going to argue that Van Helsing is a great movie, but it's just the sort of loud, splashy, silly, summer fun flick we've come to expect.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Looks like a movie assembled by a room full of computer geeks munching Doritos and playing Wolfenstein in between stints of designing Dracula's fangs.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

  • This moronic abomination is not a movie. It's just a noisy, nasty and repulsive video game-slash- theme-park haunted-house ride designed to appeal to the offspring of warlocks and trolls.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • The concoction seems far more contrived than plausible, but the sense of evil overkill is entirely representative of the picture itself, which repeatedly looks ready to blow all its fuses due to sensory overload.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

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