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Underworld Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    42

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Neither side is worth rooting for in this ridiculous blood feud, which features some of the year's most laughable dialogue.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Beckinsale delivers even if Underworld doesn't quite manage to follow through on its initial promise.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    By the end, I was starting to ponder questions like, If a vampire mates with a lycan-vamp hybrid, which parent will have to convert?

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    Has one other thing in common with "The Matrix Reloaded" -- too much story, too many angles.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Pulpy, punk-ish story with some intense violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a dark, violent horror movie about battles to the death between vampires and werewolves. Non-stop action results in one grisly scene after another. The film contains countless bloody killings, decapitations, impalements, up-close vampire fang attacks, gun battles, point-blank shootings, and numerous gory transitions from human form into monstrous animal creatures. A few strong words are sprinkled throughout ("sonofabitch," multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," "Jesus Christ"). Some characters smoke cigarettes, and it’s unclear whether vampires shown in a social setting multiple times are drinking red wine or blood.

  • Families can talk about how the conflict in this movie is similar to real-world conflicts. Where in the real world are people struggling with longstanding disagreements? Why do these conflicts get violent?
  • Why do you think the violence in this movie is so graphic? Is that part of the appeal of a film like this? What would the movie be like if it toned down the graphic imagery?
  • Why are vampires so fascinating?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Even during mythological blood feuds between super-powerful, violent species, there is a code of ethics to be followed and it’s hopeful that good will triumph over evil.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: A female warrior is the conscience of the film and proves to be wiser, stronger, and more courageous than her peers.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Constant graphic and close-up bloodletting and killing by multiple weapons and acts: gunfire (including automatic weapons), swords, bared teeth and fangs, hanging, stabbing, explosions, crashes, and animal attacks. Characters transition from nearly human form into grotesque animal creatures many times. Bloody wounds, gashes, beheadings, severed body parts are shown countless times. One character experiences violent nightmares, which contain disturbing images of women in jeopardy, shadowy monsters, and gruesome killings.

  • sex false1

    Sex: There is an underlying sexual tension between the males and females of the species, but no overt sexual behavior other than the traditional blood-sucking that vampires utilize.

  • language false4

    Language: Language is rare, but strong, including "f--k," "s--t," "sonofabitch," and "Jesus Christ" as an exclamation.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some characters smoke cigarettes. Vampires at home in an elegant parlor are shown drinking red liquid during several scenes. It’s unclear whether it is wine or blood.

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