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April 29, 2009 - Wolverine / Hollywood Reporter & Variety negative reviews

Scooped on Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Hollywood Reporter's Kirk Honeycutt has posted his review of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and it's bad news for 20th Century Fox and the film's creators. In his negative assessment of the first X-Men movie spinoff Honeycutt calls the film "a keen disappointment as action and effects take over from a poorly conceived story."

Concerning Gavin Hood's direction of the film, Honeycutt states, "Hood is tapped to call 'action' this outing, ostensibly because his 2005 Oscar-winning film Tsotsi was about someone not comfortable with his own nature. But there is very little soul-searching in Wolverine -- almost none, in fact, as Jackman is constantly in motion and constantly shirtless, with a scowl above his bearded jawline being as close to deep thought as the movie goes. So a fine, sensitive director is more or less wasted in this action movie."

Read the full THR review.

Justin Chang's review of the film for Variety was less savage but still sharp-edged. Chang calls Wolverine "a sharp-clawed, dull-ditted actioner that falls short of the two Bryan Singer-directed pics in the franchise but still overpowers 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand."

And there are more problems. "Script also traffics in the kind of flat, shopworn comic relief that's become de rigeur for superhero fare -- mostly courtesy of mutant Remy LeBeau, aka Gambit (Taylor Kitsch), a New Orleans cardsharp who teams with Logan at the midpoint," Chang states. "Absent from the X-Men movies until now, this rugged Southern charmer is one of the series' more popular characters, but his appearance here is poorly and arbitrarily integrated into the scenario."

Read Variety's review.

chaosinabox
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Posted: 9 years 16 weeks ago

Wow. I think all those trekkies who were worried that "Wolverine" would crush "Star Trek" now have very little to worry about.

mckracken
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Posted: 9 years 16 weeks ago

Moo. i just cant find anything good to say about this..