The Wolfman 2010

Critics score:
34 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: Del Toro gives his least mumbly performance in years, Blunt provides the film with a little heart and Hopkins delivers the laughs. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: 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. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: The title character in The Wolfman suffers from a vexing identity crisis, and so does the movie. Read more

John Anderson, Wall Street Journal: A film that begins in an eerie gothic mist of suggestion-and turns into a toothless exercise in the obvious. Read more

Keith Phipps, AV Club: A few stray livers and severed heads aside, this is a monster too polite for its own good. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: The Wolfman ends up a disappointment, then, somewhat interesting in places, but nothing to howl about. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: 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. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: Compared to Van Helsing, this is fairly satisfying. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: 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. Read more

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle: Actors fulminate and masticate, spit, scowl and sob; what a gas it is to watch them overact with joy and conviction. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: Consider The Wolfman a pedigreed genre yarn, mindful of its precedents but nimble enough to have a good time in the here and now. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: 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. Read more

Adam Graham, Detroit News: Benicio Del Toro pulls off a nifty trick in The Wolfman: He makes turning into a werewolf look as dull as doing your taxes. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: The Wolfman, hokey and uneven though it is, [has] the kind of authentic emotional hook that too many horror movies today don't have. Read more

Eric D. Snider, The violence is horrific, but it's not scary. Read more

Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly: This is the rare blockbuster that offers its characters - and its audience - no shelter. Read more

Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times: When the beast is finally revealed, he's fearsome. Too bad the story's not. Read more

Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly: 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. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: 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. Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: There's a lot to appreciate in the shaggy, imperfect but still fun new version of The Wolf Man. Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: Like buffalo meat, The Wolfman is a little too lean for its own good. Read more

Rex Reed, New York Observer: 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!" Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: 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. Read more

Richard Roeper, Richard It's exactly what it's supposed to be: an upscale goth B-movie with dark humor and buckets of blood. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: 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. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: The Wolfman bites, but not -- I think -- in the way the filmmakers intended. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, 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. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: 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. Read more

Joe Holleman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Neither scary enough to be exciting nor campy enough to be amusing. Read more

James Adams, Globe and Mail: An ill-considered, utterly unnecessary remake. Read more

Bruce Demara, Toronto Star: This Wolfman is a howler but not in a good way. Read more

Nigel Floyd, Time Out: With its mist-shrouded sets, gruesome slaughter and copious CGI, this is a surprisingly respectful updating of the 1941 Universal original. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: There's not much to recommend this dull, cheerless and not very scary re-imagining of the classic 1941 film. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: "Why so serious?" would be an excellent question to direct at the makers of The Wolfman, a high-toned, bloody but otherwise bloodless effort. Read more

Rick Warner, Washington Post: While it's sleeker and more sophisticated than the Chaney version, this new Wolfman isn't any scarier. Read more