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The Wolfman Review

Movies.com Critics

3.0

Dave White Profile

Dork side of the moon. Read full review

2.0

Jen Yamato Profile

This Wolfman bites. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 3.0
    43

    out of 100

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

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Not bad enough to be considered a camp, guilty pleasure, it's more of a dull, defanged dirge with the reliably intriguing Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins turning in oddly disaffected performances.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    What emerges is a banal horror film and a tepid action-adventure.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Del Toro, with his melancholy-brute features, endows this raging beast with some of the ''Why me?'' poignance you may remember from Lon Chaney Jr.'s performance in the original.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Doggedly, or rather wolfishly, the film doesn't go in for camp or mirth, at least until its misjudged and semi-endless wolf-on-wolf climax.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Official monster remake is extra gory -- and a bit flat.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Wolfman (starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins) is an extra-gory remake of the same-named 1941 classic (starring Lon Chaney Jr.). The new film is filled with slashings, slicings, and dicings, with lots of blood, gore, and body parts, as well as guns and shooting, scary nightmare sequences, and loud noises. The main female character (Emily Blunt) never develops much of a personality and seems too passive (a wasted opportunity to improve upon the original film). In other words, this movie is only for your oldest teens even if it looks like it could go with other sort of "super hero" genre movies.

  • Families can talk about how the movie's violence and gore made them feel? Was it unsettling, or did you have another response? What about the nightmare sequences?
  • Talk about a person's "animal side" and "intellectual side." When do these sidescome out in real life? When we're angry? When we're happy? How easy ordifficult is it to control these sides?
  • The movie's second werewolf spent years locking himself up during fullmoons but eventually discovered that he enjoyed running free. Is itbetter to lock up your animal self or let it run free?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie carries roughly the same message as the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: All humans have an animal side that we must learn to control to live in a civilized world. But beyond that, the point is unclear. One of the movie's bad guys believes that the beast must be set free, while another wants to hunt and kill the hero/wolfman. The hero's goal is to put an end to all the beastliness, but he can only achieve this through beastly acts: murder and death. In essence, the movie seems to say that if you have the tough luck to unleash your inner beast, too bad, because it's curtains for you.

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    Role models: Hero Lawrence Talbot shows some positive behavior, even though he turns into a wolf and fillets half of his neighbors. After bouts of horror, disbelief, and self-pity, he gradually accepts his fate and decides to do the right thing, even if it means his own demise. He works to protect Gwen and dedicates himself to stopping the other wolfman, which is still on the loose and killing by choice. Gwen, too, works hard to find a cure for her friend and puts herself at risk to do so.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Strong but not constant fantasy violence and gore. The wolfmen slice and dice their way through several victims. Viewers see blood spattering, severed body parts, scattered entrails, and organ removal. These are usually accompanied by sudden, swift movements and intense growling and yowling. There's a gory "wound stitching" scene. Also many guns, gunshots, and gunshot victims. Additionally, some scary, shocking nightmare sequences.

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    Sex: Lawrence and Gwen flirt a little (he teaches her how to skip stones and holds her hand). Later, they share one small kiss.

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    Language: Minimal uses of words like "damn" and "whore."

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lawrence drinks often during the first part of the movie, but never to excess. Several scenes take place inside a pub, with locals drinking and smoking in the background.

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