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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.