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Van Helsing Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 2.0
    35

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 0

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Nothing's alive in this trash-heap travesty of warm-weather entertainment, despite the frenetic pace.

  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Van Helsing, a fusion of eye candy and brain sputter, is a long, kinetic, yet dreary mess.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

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

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Silly and spectacular, and fun.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    This creature feature is exhilarating fun, a richly designed and often quite funny re-exploration of the movie past.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

This is one vampire movie with bite.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has non-stop and intense action, with characters in constant extreme peril. There are gross and violent images and many characters are killed. There are a lot of jump-out-at-you surprises and grotesque creatures. Characters use brief mild bad words. There are brief mild sexual references and a non-explicit sexual situation.

  • Families can talk about the original sources and enduring appeal of characters like Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the Wolfman. They could talk about the villagers' decision that since the vampires killed only one or two people a month, they should not try to stop them. They might want to talk about the ending, whether it was a surprise and how they feel about it.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Nonstop intense comic-book-style peril and violence, jump-out-at-you surprises and grotesque creatures.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Non-explicit sexual situation, brief mild references.

  • language false3

    Language: Brief mild language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking.

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