X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine," the first chapter in the X-Men saga, unites Wolverine with several other legends of the X-Men universe, in an epic revolution that pits the mutants against powerful forces determined to eliminate them.--©20th Century Fox 1.9 out of 5 based on 16 reviews
X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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Certificate PG
Genre Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Director Gavin Hood
Cast Ryan Reynolds, Liev Schreiber, Lynn Collins, Dominic Monaghan, Danny Huston Hugh Jackman
Studio Fox UK
Release Date May 2009
Running Time 120 minutes
 

X-Men Origins: Wolverine," the first chapter in the X-Men saga, unites Wolverine with several other legends of the X-Men universe, in an epic revolution that pits the mutants against powerful forces determined to eliminate them.--©20th Century Fox

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Reviews

The Daily Express

Allan Hunter

It’s not a bad film and is an improvement on X-Men: The Last Stand but it also feels like every other comic-book adaptation we’ve ever seen and that is a major drawback... Jackman must have been digitally enhanced or digitally disguised in his naked scenes but he looks in amazing shape and plays Wolverine with the gusto that lends the film a class it doesn’t deserve.

01/05/2009

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Channel 4 Film

Matt Glasby

Imagine Watchmen unafraid to engage with its own idiocy, or Commando with claws - this is an honourable addition to the most consistently enjoyable comic-book franchise of the lot.

03/05/2009

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Scotland on Sunday

Siobhan Synnot

It's a movie that is certainly not short on heart, or rather heroes cradling the body of a recently and violently deceased loved one and shouting "Noooo". The film struggles for deeper resonance. I like Hugh Jackman; he's a less creepy George Clooney, or Tom Cruise without the Scientology and the clenching, but too often Wolverine's searing emotional scenes also provoke laughs.

03/05/2009

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The Los Angeles Times

Kenneth Turan

It's a solid, efficient comic book movie that is content to provide comic book satisfactions of the action and violence variety. If it doesn't rise to the heights of Christopher Nolan's "Batman" films, it doesn't stray into "Daredevil" territory either.

30/04/2009

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Empire Magazine

Nick de Semlyen

While not a disaster, this isn’t the claws-out, rampaging adventure we hoped for. No-one cares where Wolverine found his jacket — a spin-off with him kicking ass in Japan would have been way more fun.

03/05/2009

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

Besides the redundant early story, the screenplay is only just adequate and, frankly, neither Wolverine nor Sabretooth are given much in the way of character to bite on. This is a pity for Jackman in particular, an actor who, at his best, is far above this sort of summer season farrago.

30/04/2009

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The Daily Telegraph

Sukhdev Sandhu

In fact, the screenplay by David Benioff and Skip Woods is an arhythmic mess, full of holes and elisions so that, even on the lowest-common-denominator basis of helicopter chases and acts of decapitation, the film doesn’t have anything like the power it should.

30/04/2009

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The Times

James Christopher

The expensive and spectacular special effects in X-Men Origins: Wolverine are small miracles of technology. It’s a ravishing looking film, not least because the star, Hugh Jackman, who plays the title hero, is arguably the most physically perfect specimen of cinema beefcake in Hollywood.

30/04/2009

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The Sunday Times

Cosmo Landesman

After three films alongside his fellow X-Men, Wolverine has made the film equivalent of his solo album. Watching X-Men Origins: Wolverine is like listening to an album by Mick Jagger without the Stones. It’s a not-too-bad, ho-hum affair, with the odd moment of fun, but nothing special. Like Mick, Wolverine will return to the fold, and all will be forgiven — and forgotten.

03/05/2009

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Variety

Justin Chang

Heavily fortified with adamantium, testosterone and CGI, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" is a sharp-clawed, dull-witted actioner that falls short of the two Bryan Singer-directed pics in the franchise but still overpowers 2006's "X-Men: The Last Stand." For all its attempts to probe the physiological and psychological roots of its tortured antihero, this brawny but none-too-brainy prequel sustains interest mainly -- if only fitfully -- as a nonstop slice-and-dice vehicle for Hugh Jackman.

29/04/2009

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Time Out

Tom Huddleston

A host of talented supporting players, including Liev Schreiber and Ryan Reynolds, are unforgivably wasted, while crude visual references to both ‘Watchmen’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ only highlight the film’s failed ambitions. With some dire blue-screen effects, dizzying tonal instability and a total absence of suspense or originality, ‘Wolverine’ is something of a disaster.

01/05/2009

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

The fine scenery and prestigious supporting cast (including Liev Schreiber and Danny Huston) can't disguise the fundamental pointlessness of the enterprise.

03/05/2009

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The Observer

Philip French

It's dull, bone-crushing, special-effects stuff, of interest only to hardcore fans who've probably read it all in Marvel comics.

03/05/2009

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The Financial Times

Martin Hoyle

Fans will appreciate this more than the casual filmgoer trapped in this high-tech junkyard of not-so-special effects, scarcely noticeable dialogue, incoherent plotting, inconsistent psychology and garbled motivations apparently changing from scene to scene as we endure the formative years of Wolverine.

29/04/2009

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The Guardian

Andrew Pulver

Even if the original's social resonance is over-rated, here only the most perfunctory efforts are made. In any case, the furrowed-brow seriousness of X-Men is its least attractive quality, but that is the mood that dominates in this film. It's hard to see how anyone other than hardcore fans will find much to entertain them.

01/05/2009

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The Independent

John Walsh

...a long anti-climax, full of crunching but pointless fights between Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and his brother Victor (Liev Schreiber). Wretched.

01/05/2009

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