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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Until a third act that collapses in a harebrained heap, the director largely succeeds in keeping the more cartoonish aspects at bay, roughing up the surface with organically staged fight scenes and, crucially, raising the stakes by stripping his hitherto indestructible hero of his self-healing powers.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Peter Debruge

    The Wolverine boasts one of the best pulp-inspired scripts yet. It’s still full of corny dialogue...but there’s a genuine elegance to the way it establishes Logan’s tortured condition and slowly brings the character around to recovering his heroic potential, methodically setting up and paying off ideas as it unfolds.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Finally - a superhero movie that doesn't feel like every other superhero movie.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    The Wolverine is one of the better comic-book movies of 2013, thanks in large part to an electric performance by Hugh Jackman.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    It's simply a more focused scenario than usual, full of violence done up with a little more coherence and visceral impact than usual.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Thrilling, action-packed adventure treads dark waters.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Wolverine is a fascinating look at the iconic X-Men character and how his past intersects with his present. It's a bleak journey that's often punctuated with violence -- the action scenes are ferocious and vicious, with weapons (guns, knives, arrows, claws, and more), explosions, and bloody hand-to-hand combat -- and some melancholy. Expect some swearing ("s--t" and one use of "f--k"), a bit of drinking, and some romance (one scene shows three underwear-clad characters kissing each other) between the unrelenting action sequences.

  • Families can talk about whether the violence in this movie has more impact than that of the earlier X-Men movies. Why or why not? Does the violence serve the story?
  • How are Wolverine's fights different than those of characters with different powers/abilities? Is he comfortable with his strength? How does he control it?
  • Why is Logan so tortured by his identity as Wolverine? Are his feelings understandable?
  • What did you think of Viper's character? Did her outfit seem practical for a supervillain? Would she have had the same impact if she wasn't so sexualized, or does that make her seem even more evil? Why?

The good stuff
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    Messages: There's no shame in wanting to defend those who are disenfranchised and disempowered. And if you're made for that mission, you shouldn't -- and possibly can't -- avoid it.

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    Role models: Logan is a tortured soul, desperate to escape the immortality of being the Wolverine. But he's also a staunch defender of those who can't defend themselves or are persecuted by others, and he can't ignore his strong sense of justice. Yukio and Mariko are strong women who won't stand for evil overcoming good, even if it requires putting their lives on the line.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Lots of action violence in scene after scene, many of which involve knives, swords, and guns. Wolverine has metal claws that slash at his enemies, maiming and killing them. Soldiers gut themselves and others, and ninjas wield swords and engage in brutal hand-to-hand combat. Many, but not all, of the scenes are bloody and are accompanied by bone-crunching sounds. A massive explosion decimates the land in the first 10 minutes of the movie. A villain attacks by injecting venom in others; their skin turns yellow and blistery. Attackers shoot arrows into victims, and they're shown staggering around.

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    Sex: Some kissing and flirting. A couple is shown presumably after having sex, under covers cuddling together. A man is shown with two women at a private rendezvous, all of them kissing and in their underwear. A villain wears very revealing clothes and sometimes attacks her enemies with a passionate kiss that turns dangerous.

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    Language: Language includes infrequent use of "bitch," "s--t," "a--hole," "ass," "hell," "damn," "my God," and, in one particularly intense moment, "f--k."

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    Consumerism: Coors, Molson Canadian, and Audi make notable appearances. There are off-screen marketing/promotional tie-ins as well, with Adidas and other brands.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A man drinks whisky alone to blast away his loneliness. Some drinking in bars and at parties.