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‘The Wolverine’ Reviews: Do Critics Love Hugh Jackman’s ‘X-Men’ Sequel?

Fri, July 26, 2013 4:37pm EDT by Sandra Clark 5 Comments
The Wolverine Reviews
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Hugh Jackman returns to the role of Wolverine and this time must come face-to-face with his own immortality as he fends off his toughest enemies ever. It’s the actor’s sixth time playing the hairy, clawed hero — will it be the best ‘X-Men’ movie ever? See what the critics are saying.

Hugh Jackman has the ability to make everything he does seem so easy and effortless. The actor looks sexier than ever in The Wolverine, an X-Men sequel set in Japan that hits theaters on July 26. The followup to 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine looks like a thrilling action flick — but can Hugh and company meet the high expectations?  Read on for all the latest reviews.

‘The Wolverine’ Reviews:

The Miami Herald

In most superhero movies, this sort of stuff often plays like filler to pass the time between bursts of special effects. But in The Wolverine, the filmmakers take the time to allow you to invest in these characters, which makes the bursts of action all the more thrilling. Even though the movie resorts to comic-book cliches for the big climax, The Wolverine still feels like a refreshing change of pace. Even the requisite mid-end credits stinger is terrific, causing a preview audience to burst out with loud cheers and applause. The post-conversion 3D is more distracting than anything else, but the rest of this surprisingly fun entertainment is as sharp as the hero’s claws.

The Hollywood Reporter

Thirteen years after his mutant debut in Bryan Singer’s terrific X-Men, Jackman, also a producer here, owns the Wolverine character. The charismatic Aussie has added some martial arts moves to his character’s slice-and-dice repertoire, is buffer than ever and shows no sign of flagging. A post-credits sequence teasing next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, has Fox execs betting fans’ interest won’t diminish, either.

Toronto Star

It’s a credit to the production team that these elements somehow work, with the movie at its best as a superhero/Asian crime drama mash-up.

New York Times

It has all the requisite special effects and big-ticket action sequences — including a fight on a moving train and a climactic punch-out between the hero and a villain in an oversize metal suit — but it also has an unusually intimate, small-scale feel. Inspired by a series published by Marvel in the 1980s, it has more old-style comic-book atmosphere than Man of Steel or Iron Man 3. Instead of expounding a tedious origin story or staging an epic battle for apocalyptic stakes, The Wolverine focuses on a specific and self-contained adventure in a richly imagined place.

So, will you go see The Wolverine, HollywoodLifers?

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