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Underworld

7/10
Thriller . Action . Fantasy
 

Vampires and werewolves have waged a nocturnal war against each other for centuries. But all bets are off when a female vampire warrior named Selene, who's famous for her strength and werewolf-hunting prowess, becomes smitten with a peace-loving male werewolf, Michael, who wants to end the war.

 
Actors: Kevin Grevioux , Wentworth Miller , Robbie Gee , Sophia Myles , Erwin Leder , Bill Nighy , Shane Brolly , Michael Sheen , Scott Speedman , Kate Beckinsale
Directors: Len Wiseman
Country: UK , GERMANY , HUNGARY , USA
Release: 2003-09-19
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  • David Sterritt

    At heart, this is an old-fashioned monster flick decked out with Hollywood's full battery of high-tech visual effects. It's as goofy as it is gory -- stay away if you don't like in-your-face mayhem.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    The filmmakers' decision to go with prosthetic enhancements rather than CGI gives the snouts, fangs and snapping jaws a refreshingly tactile look.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    However much Underworld recycles elements from other films, it carries us into a well-constructed, convincingly scary world worth visiting.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • William Arnold

    It's Shakespearean in its political machinations and closer to "Saving Private Ryan" and "Starship Troopers" than to "Dracula" or "The Howling."

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    It is the perfectly cast Beckinsale who lifts Underworld out and away from the film’s many moments of silly gravitas and steers it into a truly interesting take on the whole vampires 'n' werewolves genre.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert K. Elder

    Has one other thing in common with "The Matrix Reloaded" -- too much story, too many angles.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    As murky and derivative-looking as the film is, it moves with an authority that pummels you into submission.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    An example of a vampire movie for the new century -- stylish, gothic, gory, and loud.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Riddled with ammunition for what Alfred Hitchcock called the "Plausibles"--those poor-sport moviegoers who insist on pointing out a movie's inconsistencies instead of simply enjoying the ride

    Premiere Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    The funny thing about all this is that a half-hour into Underworld I couldn't wait for it to be over. When it really was over, I couldn't wait for the next installment. Go figure.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    Visually it's wild fun, since fledgling feature director Len Wiseman started off in production design, and creature designer Patrick Tatopoulos's diverse credits span from "Godzilla" to "Stuart Little." Yet with Underworld's guilty pleasures come copious clinkers, from its nuts-and-bolts narrative foundation to Wiseman's inability to direct actors beyond cartoonish interaction.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    It's so impossible to care about the characters in the movie that I didn't care if the vampires or werewolves won. I might not have cared in a better movie, either, but I might have been willing to pretend.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Charles Savage

    A loud and relentlessly overstated B-movie, and yet not entirely stupid.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jonathan Foreman

    Though it sometimes feels as if it's four hours long, Underworld has going for it an intriguing fantasy premise, an eventful plot and a look that is diverting, if finally a bit monotonous.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    All of this is accomplished with buckets of blood, but almost no sense of flesh: It's hard to recall a more sexless vampire flick.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    By the end, I was starting to ponder questions like, If a vampire mates with a lycan-vamp hybrid, which parent will have to convert?

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kim Morgan

    A slick disappointment -- though there's much unintentional humor to be enjoyed.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Alas, as is often the case with lower-end genre movies, the story cooked up by Wiseman and his friends, actor Kevin Grevioux and the film's screenwriter, Danny McBride, is decidedly less important than the look of the film and its influences.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Takes itself so seriously that it never has fun with its shopworn genre elements.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Beckinsale delivers even if Underworld doesn't quite manage to follow through on its initial promise.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    So clotted with back story that the Romeo and Juliet-style romance between a warrior vampire and a reluctant werewolf never has a chance to breath, Len Wiseman's revisionist horror tale is all look and no bite.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Chuck Wilson

    Beautiful in its dark, contrasting blues and blacks, Underworld is nonetheless a remarkably humorless movie, and not even the adroitly hammy Bill Nighy, as the vampire king, can leaven the overwrought seriousness of it all.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Anita Gates

    Achieves only loudness, aggressive confusion and one of the silliest head-splittings in film history.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    This is the silliest horror movie I've seen in years, though some of the special effects are pretty good.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    A hollow, relentless mess.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Kevin Carr

    There's too much pretension in this film. Lots of intense stares into the camera. Lots of uncomfortably hip clothes. Lots of pompous names for themselves.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Not since "Battlefield Earth" pitted overacting, nine-foot-tall Psychlos against puny man-animals has there been an interspecies match-up this perversely uninteresting.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    125 minutes is a long time to stare at a movie that's basically in bleached blue-and-white with occasional splotches of brick red. The palette reinforces the monotony of the storyline.

    Slate Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Plays less like a novel re-imagining of a classic if campy narrative than a drearily self-conscious exercise in Know Your Film References.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    "Your incompetence is most taxing," says the chief vampire (Bill Nighy). A line that pretty much nails this rusty Blade.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    Could use script transfusion, or at least a few quarts of levity.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Neither side is worth rooting for in this ridiculous blood feud, which features some of the year's most laughable dialogue.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Alex Pappademas

    Speedman's such a nonentity here I worried that the theater air-conditioning would blow him off the screen.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    It needs a wooden stake AND a silver bullet through its script.

    Washington Post Full Review
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