Wolverine has been known to take a lot of punishment, but no healing factor can take the most harrowing abuse of all: movie critics.
While the film is not set to be released til midnight, the first of the reviews have begun to surface — and currently, the outlook does not look good. Earning 39% Rotten on RottenTomatoes, here’s some highlights of what the critics are saying:
Justin Chang, Variety: 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.
Lisa Schwartzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: Is it possible to make a movie about a superhero these days without injecting scenes of dreary superambivalence between expensive action sequences?
Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International: It just about scrapes through as being enjoyable, loud, banging, daft multiplex entertainment.
Claudia Puig, USA Today: Jackman invests his fierce character with a cheeky attitude, clear-eyed intelligence and inherent decency, compelling viewers to care about his metamorphosis.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: While packed with effects and action, without the attention to story and emotional investment present in such films as The Dark Knight and Ironman, Wolverine ultimately doesn’t rise above its comic-book roots.
David Germain, Associated Press: Sadly, Wolverine’s journey is one long run-the-gauntlet scenario, with people pounding on him from all sides until he emerges at the other end as the lone-wolf amnesiac bound for membership in the X-Men gang.
Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star: Whoever pirated X-Men Origins: Wolverine got a punishment that fit the crime.
We’ll keep you posted on everything shakes out as more reviews keep on coming.