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Reviews: The Wolverine (2013)

wolverineReviews for this film from our members:

  • [New – 1/2/14] | Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Marina Antunes @ Row Three
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: The Wolverine is not a terrible film…but it took one too many odd turns and had some weak performances that don’t put it anywhere near the level of the first two X-Men films.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: The very definition of a ‘good enough’ film… But ‘good enough’ is better by far than ‘not good enough’.
  • Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: I was okay with “The Wolverine” as a summer popcorn movie. I just wish it wasn’t trying so hard to not be one because that is where it fails.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Up until its over-the-top, meta-power-laden ending, THE WOLVERINE is so unlike the prototypical superhero genre film one wishes it were as good in execution as it is conceptually.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: . El resultado me parece tremendamente confuso y tramposo.
  • Jim Dixon @
    • Excerpt: Relentlessly talky though thoroughly predictable, “The Wolverine” is a remarkably unengaging Marvel franchise entry.“The Wolverine” is going appeal first and foremost to hardcore fans of the character, and they are legion. Everyone else is going to feel there’s nothing in this movie they haven’t seen done better before.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: By the end, we’re left wondering if this character is worth the trouble.
  • Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
    • Excerpt: Jackman’s 126-minute scowl is a poor substitute for character. With this, his 6th tour of Logan, he could have capitalized on the 100-plus-year story arc, delivering a performance of greater depth. Certainly not less.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Elevated above the ordinary comic-book adaptation by the charismatic ferocity of buffed-up Hugh Jackman.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: There’s plenty of good summer popcorn fun, with fresh and exciting action setpieces, but this is mostly an intimate story about Logan, as a mutant and as a man.
  • Dan Kelly @ eFilmCritic
    • Excerpt: It’s not a doggedly awful film (solidly lensed cinematography, Jackman in dependable form and one excellent, grisly interlude see to that) but “The Wolverine” isn’t the final word on this literary figure by any stretch.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: After the disappointing X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the new film focused on the Adamantium Clawed One makes two right decisions:
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Critical and audience disdain for X-Men Origins: Wolverine put into doubt any potential for individual-hero spin-offs of the vaunted X-Men franchise. The Wolverine sets out to prove that, in the right hands, these things can be done exceptionally well.
  • Joe Lozito @ Big Picture Big Sound
    • Excerpt: This second attempt to bring the “X-Men” character to a solo franchise moves along at a brisk clip but never finds its footing as either a brooding return to graphic novel form or a rousing actioner.
  • Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    • Excerpt: Much of the reason Wolverine has become everyone’s favorite Canadian mutant is because, despite his origins in the Marvel Universe, he doesn’t act much like a superhero.
  • Piers Marchant @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee
    • Excerpt: have we finally reached The Silver Age of comic book films?
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Still sharp after all these years?
  • Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest
    • Excerpt: ‘The Wolverine’ does not break any barriers in the genre or even uniquely distinguishes itself from the other contemporary big-budgeted, action-oriented comic fantasies drenched in opulence and angst. Still, it never seems to get old in watching the X-Men’s loose cannon engage in his own combustible capers away from his crime-fighting cohorts.
  • R. Kurt Osenlund @ Slant Magazine
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: As a scaled-back, character-focused outing – which is exactly what this kind of spinoff ought to be – The Wolverine is a rousing success.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: While helming a Marvel revivification is definitely a level up game-wise, what makes this better than X-Men Origins: Wolverine is that Mangold brings his smarts with him rather than dumbing it down to satisfy test audiences and box office analysts. He gets that superpowered comics can be inherently outlandish and even goofy, but he let’s the fun happen without belittling the genre.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: A movie as bland and boring and its title.
  • Diego Salgado @ FanDigital [Spanish]
  • Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
  • Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]
  • Betty Jo Tucker @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: A darker than usual Wolverine tale, but one that’s also quite exciting.
  • Sam Turner @ Film Intel
    • Excerpt: ‘Castle, princess, levels to get through. It’s not even that The Wolverine resorts to comic book formula; it resorts to a ‘story’ Mario has been telling better for years.’
  • Jean-François Vandeuren @ [French]
  • Phil Villarreal @
Updated: July 20, 2015 — 9:30 pm

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