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Skinwalkers

action & adventure, horror


A 13-year-old boy suddenly finds himself at the center of a battle between two warring groups of werewolves. One group is sworn to protect him while the other is trying to kill him.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    14%
  • Audience Score
    25%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Violence
5 out of 5
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5

Silly werewolf tale is violent but boring.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this dark, poorly edited horror movie has plenty of violence, including multi-gun shootouts, careening cars, and werewolf attacks (bloody, shredding flesh, usually in deep shadow). The narrator, a nearly 13-year-old boy, has a difficult relationship with relatives that he's just discovered are werewolves (the fact that they've lied to him his whole life creates a lot of tension). A female werewolf shows cleavage and midriff as she chomps on her victims; some beer and liquor is shown in a bar scene. Language is relatively mild, including several "hells" and fewer uses of both "s--t" and "damn."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's family dynamic. How does his relatives' lifelong lie affect Tim? Does it have a greater impact on him because of his age (13 is tricky even without monsters)? What kinds of revelations could affect real-life kids just as much? Families can also discuss the differences between the male and female werewolves. What sets them apart from each other? What characteristics are typical for TV and movie werewolves? Do these werewolves stick to the pattern?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    14%
    reviews counted: 21
    see all Skinwalkers reviews
  • Audience

    25%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: in the absence of tension, laughs, thrills, scares or anything like complexity, there is nothing here for viewers to sink their fangs into. The only real note of menace...is a hint at the end that there may be a sequel.

- Anton Bitel, Film4, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: stinks like a mangy animal's fetid coat

- Bill Gibron, Filmcritic.com, Thursday, November 29, 2007

Rotten: The only thing more boring than a vampire with moral issues about biting people in the neck is a werewolf who'd rather become fully human than howl at the moon once a month.

- Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly, Friday, August 10, 2007

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I love werewolf and vampire movies, my fav, but this is kind disappointing. The story is stretched, a boy must survive to his 12th or 13th birthday so he can 'cure' the werewolf curse, some want this some dont. But the ending makes this kinda unimportant seeing as its up to the individual werewolf wether he wants to be cured or not. The effects are Stan Winston so they're hot but nothing special, Im afraid there's just nothing new to do with vamps and werewolfs now, its all been done. This is very average really there's nothing outstanding and the cast is pretty mudane too.

- phubbs1, Saturday, July 18, 2009

2 stars

A low budget werewolf film with a good idea but poor execution. The werewolves look quite odd and the plot is far too simple and obvious. Gingersnaps or Dog Soldiers are much better!

- Deano78, Sunday, March 29, 2009

1 star

This movie had some nice shots of autumn foliage. Why would I start with this as part of my review? Because the foliage and the beautiful Rhona Mitra are about the only reasons to watch this movie. Attempting to capitalize upon the success of the "Underworld" franchise this movie takes on the pros and cons of being a werewolf and those that would see the "curse end" versus those who feel "blessed" by "lunacy." The plot was almost interesting, but so poorly executed. The action was fierce, but...ridiculous. Can't anyone aim a gun anymore? Even fully automatic weapons never seem to hit their mark at close range. The acting was terrible. The makeup/costumes were just awful! Robin Williams looks more like a werewolf in "Jumanji" than any of the actors in this film. Scenes are so long and drawn out...this movie could have been 15 minutes long and...well it still would have stunk. You cannot even make this into a good "cheese" movie. It was just plain bad. So, like I said...nice foliage...bad movie.

- Camus123, Tuesday, January 29, 2008