First Full Reviews For THE WOLVERINE Hit

First Full Reviews For THE WOLVERINE Hit

And the response is mixed at best! Fanboys had best start sharpening their pitchforks as the first wave of reviews for James Mangold's The Wolverine aren't quite as good as many will have been hoping for. Hit the jump for details!

Below, you'll find the first wave of reviews for The Wolverine from journalists who attended last night's UK premiere of the movie. One can only assume that they're somehow unable to have fun or weren't paid enough by studio execs to give it a positive least in the minds of deluded and immature fanboys anyway. Perhaps it's just not very good? Either way, you'll be able to find out for yourselves next week. The majority don't seem to completely slate the X-Men: The Last Stand sequel however, and it does at least sound entertaining. However, with the likes of The Avengers and The Dark Knight gaining such acclaim, perhaps that's just not enough these days?

It hasn't got the swagger of the Iron Man films or the densely layered story of the Dark Knight movies, but it's at least getting part of the way towards being that good. Wolverine's versatility as a character is one of his biggest strengths, and in The Wolverine, we finally have an on-screen demonstration of what that actually means. For all its loftier ambitions, the best gift The Wolverine gives is a simple one: that you'll leave the cinema wanting to see more of the character. And that's, straight away, a vast improvement over the last standalone Wolverine outing... [***]

FULL REVIEW: Den of Geek

It’s regrettable, then, that in a film concerned with immortality, nothing lasts forever. The final showdown, tonally and in terms of scale, is deeply unsatisfying, with ludicrous reveals, bad CG and plot turns so convoluted they threaten to derail the movie at 300 mph. An improvement on the last outing for Jackman’s not-so-merry mutant. If only it trusted enough in its unique setting to forgo a descent into aggressively awful formula. [***]

FULL REVIEW: Empire Online

X-Men aficionados will no doubt get a kick out of this attempt to deeper explore Logan's psyche, but you suspect it won't generate much enthusiasm from Joe Popcorns expecting big-scale spectacle. It feels like there's a great film buried somewhere inside The Wolverine, it's just a shame that Takashi Miike wasn't behind the camera to help make it a reality. As it stands this is an interesting if flawed exploration of the X-Men universe's favourite son. [***]

FULL REVIEW: Digital Spy

Given the critical spanking that greeted the last Wolverine film, you may be wondering what the steel-clawed superhero is doing back on the big screen. a question that isn’t answered by James Mangold’s X-Men spin-off, with a sense of pointlessness permeating every frame. Mangold (Walk The Line, 3:10 To Yuma) promised us the movie was “deeper and darker” than the last instalment while the star, Hugh Jackman, said it was the film we’d all been waiting for. Alas, the wait must go on. [**]


Though by no means identical to Iron Man 3, The Wolverine feels closer to Shane Black’s action movie homage than any other superhero movie to date in that it’s full of references to things that make its creators high five each other with glee (it’s got an even more batshit twist too), and big bold movie cliches are flirted with, and not to its credit, often embraced. The Mariko/Logan romance unfolds pretty much as you’d expect it to, Tokyo is filled with slot machines and sex hotels, and by the final third the dominant arc has return to superhero silliness from its holiday in action-adventure, but all this stylish superficiality is undercut with sincerity. Like one of its stupendously choreographed fight scenes, The Wolverine manages the delicate balance of respect for the source and the convention of the genre, big top sensation, and an unlikely, heart-wrenching emotional punch. [****]


Where is the quicksilver wit and lightness of touch of the Avengers and Iron Man films, or the formal ambition of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy? The previous X-Men film, First Class, was secure enough in its own skin to embrace its comic side. Mangold’s picture affects a pubescent snarl instead: that’s the difference between comic and daft. [**]

FULL REVIEW: The Telegraph

Yet though it doesn’t have the vibrant wit and zip of an Avengers Assemble, or the allegorical grandeur of a Dark Knight, it’s a step up from the garbled silliness of Wolverine’s first solo outing. Unlike Origins, the storytelling is more sharply focused here, ignited by flashes of stylised superheroism. The good news? An improvement on Origins. The bad? Not as big an improvement as you were hoping for: perfectly decent, but ponderous too. [***]


Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.


Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine
Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen Yashida
Hal Yamanouchi as Yashida
Tao Okamoto as Mariko Yashida
Rila Fukushima as Yukio
Will Yun Lee as Kenuichio Harada
Brian Tee as Noburo Mori
Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper

RELEASE DATE: July 26th, 2013.
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GeekyCheekyChic - 7/17/2013, 4:25 AM
I'll see for myself next Tuesday at the AMC/Hugh Jackman fan event in NYC. I feel like I'll like it- maybe not love it but it won't suck.
Orphix - 7/17/2013, 4:32 AM
A huge resounding 'meh' to this film so far!!

On the poster: "Wolverine - it's okay".
rockerdude22 - 7/17/2013, 4:35 AM
Yeah, I had a feeling the response to this would be okay okay at best. Thought, I do like the Wolverine character, so I'll still probably check it out.
MightyZeus - 7/17/2013, 4:36 AM
Wolverine is going to be the best cbm of the year. This movie will own 2013.

I cant wait to see it.
sameoldthing - 7/17/2013, 4:37 AM
So crazy..several of these reviews mention wit & lightness,blah..blah..IT'S THE WOLVERINE A__HOLES!!

Wolverine is not a witty,light hearted character in the least.
Only The Punisher is more dour & dark than Logan.

All we need is him pointed in the direction of the bad guys & have him slice & dice!
Please,everyone..screw the critics! NEVER give them a say in your decisions!
HellsHammer - 7/17/2013, 4:39 AM
arsonjack - 7/17/2013, 4:41 AM
people either love it or like it. Fine with me.
rockerdude22 - 7/17/2013, 4:42 AM
Also, Josh your comments about fanboys up there are totally right. I mean, some just surprise me sometimes. I mean, there are plenty of films that I like or want to see that others don't seem to like, but I'm not gonna lash out at them because of that! Oh well, guess you can't expect everyone to act their age.

On a more positive note, I think I'll get the beer out now.

Christuffer - 7/17/2013, 4:44 AM
Geez Louise, I can't believe what I'm reading on this damn webpage! They're comparing this to The Dark Knight, and The Avengers? That's it, moviegoers are too spoiled these days.

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ekrolo2 - 7/17/2013, 4:46 AM
Oh boy, here comes more bitching about a super hero film thats apparently soul less or joyless or some such BS just because it doesn't follow the Marvel Studios formula everyone expects out of CBMs these days. Seriously wtf would a Wolverine movie have the tone of the Avengers or Iron Man 3? If anything it should take it self seriously and not be bashed because of it.
kadetra - 7/17/2013, 4:46 AM
Lol josh why the hot temper?
kadetra - 7/17/2013, 4:50 AM
The avengers and The dark knight rises have set the bar so high that people no longer accept average quality CBMs.
Darlene1974 - 7/17/2013, 4:51 AM
Why da hell do we need to care for what other people think???
I'm grateful they even making this!...
They all did their best.
Bloody Critics!!!...
casanovagunny - 7/17/2013, 4:56 AM
Not sure if it's just me but I can't understand why everyone wants all CBMs to be like Avengers or DKR. I enjoyed both but know that they are all going to be different due to their characters. If critics give reviews on CBMs, IMO they need to do some research on the characters. Just saying.....
NightmareB4 - 7/17/2013, 4:57 AM
It's as if I'm having déjà vu, only this time it's a Canadian instead of a kryptonian.
jasonicus - 7/17/2013, 4:57 AM
This movie has looked like shit from the first trailer. I never had high hopes any way.
TelaVizion - 7/17/2013, 4:57 AM
Figured that was the case with the giant robot from the beginning when we first saw it.
TelaVizion - 7/17/2013, 4:58 AM
@TheBaroness89 I'll be there too
BlanketMan - 7/17/2013, 4:58 AM
The critics' blurbs and scores seem more positive than your lead-in makes them sound. The reviewers seem pretty kind. I'll see it with low expectations and hopefully it will exceed them.
genesis609 - 7/17/2013, 4:59 AM
Soon as i seen the giant robot silver samurai... i said ok... this is gonna be garbage...
Marqy - 7/17/2013, 5:00 AM
Too bad ... Im going to see it nontheless but I hoped for a better first buzz
RamonSuarez - 7/17/2013, 5:01 AM
LOL @ the "positive" reviews.

Their overarching theme is that this film was an improvement over the crapfest that was Wolverine.
TheWolverine08 - 7/17/2013, 5:01 AM
Jeez, they're comparing this to The Avengers and The Dark Knight? Those CBMs have spoiled everyone.
Brainiac13 - 7/17/2013, 5:02 AM
I bet this film will be good......don't believe critics anymore!
Brainiac13 - 7/17/2013, 5:03 AM

Don't worry kid.....this will do justice to the Wolverine character!
kadetra - 7/17/2013, 5:03 AM
One reviewer from imdb forum claimed the wolverine made iron man 3 looked like the dark knight.
RamonSuarez - 7/17/2013, 5:04 AM
Already you could tell this film was going to have problems by the brooding tone of the trailer. Why is it that Fox tries to make Wolverine something he isn't? Why can't they just accept how awesome and unique the character is as an R-rated antihero? He's not Batman. He doesn't brood and feel sorry for himself because his mommy was killed. He leads a tough life, harbors grudges, and moves on to the next obstacle.
ekrolo2 - 7/17/2013, 5:05 AM

There are also IMDB users calling The Avengers and The Dark Knight the worst pieces of dog shit ever created by man, whats your point again?
TheWolverine08 - 7/17/2013, 5:06 AM
One reviewer said this will please X Mem lovers but not average movie goers looking for a big spectacle. So the problem is that the movie doesn't have massive fights and explosions and fights, and is grounded? I'm okay with that.
RamonSuarez - 7/17/2013, 5:06 AM
Instead of making Wolverine a really badass killer they need to manufacture a false tone of badassery by making him brood all of the time. A shame that's so little of what the character is about.
Orphix - 7/17/2013, 5:06 AM

Wolverine can pretty damn funny as a character. His humour may be black or dry but it still has a sense of clever wit to it.
Abary - 7/17/2013, 5:07 AM
Eh. Still gonna be CBM of the summer.
ATrueHero1987 - 7/17/2013, 5:14 AM
I probably know the answer to this the 3D good?lol!
ATrueHero1987 - 7/17/2013, 5:16 AM
People on here try to compare other cbms to TA or TDK. So why get mad or shocked when other people do it too?
ekrolo2 - 7/17/2013, 5:18 AM

So you've seen it?
TheWolverine08 - 7/17/2013, 5:19 AM
Reviews are complaining of "lack of wit". Wolverine isn't Spider-Man, he doesn't crack jokes during fights! Jeez, do any of these people read comics?
ETPHHM1 - 7/17/2013, 5:19 AM
A must see on opening night! i love Mark Millar "Japan Saga" story.
BackwardGalaxy - 7/17/2013, 5:20 AM
I only hope people aren't holding against it the fact that it's not another "huge bleeping superhero movie". I never got the impression that was what this was trying to be.
Spideyshawn - 7/17/2013, 5:20 AM
ekrolo2 - 7/17/2013, 5:21 AM

Oh don't worry, Thor Dark World is gonna be bashed like this too because its not a quasi comedy/action flick like the other Marvel flicks because its darker and yet will be bashed for not being as thought provokingly dark as TDK.
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