A mild-mannered book editor (Jack Nicholson) bitten by a wolf goes for the throat of all who have betrayed him. Michelle Pfeiffer co-stars.
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Rotten: Glossy werewolf horror/comedy that fails to make its mark on the genre.
- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Fresh: Director Mike Nichols emphasizes the film's Kafkaesque metamorphosis, a metaphor for the nightmarish experience of becoming different from most people and less valued; I won't be surprised if some viewers see it as allegory about AIDS.
- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010
The dialog is pretty silly especially filled with as many werewolf/dog puns as possible and always avoiding ever directly saying that the movie is about a werewolf. The romance isn't very believable as Nicholson and Pfeiffer try to play the classic couple who bickers and pretends to be irritated with each other until they finally fall into each others arms realizing how madly in love they are. I think Jack Nicholson's face lends itself to being a werewolf, but he never has so much makeup applied that it obscures his face, after all he's a star. James Spader doesn't give a very subtle performance as the bad guy, but the werewolf makeup works well on him too. And his features actually change a little more than Nicholson's. I thought the makeup work was very good except you don't see much of the transformations and the action/attack scenes had some weird editing tricks to hide a lot of the flaws. It was painfully obvious to me that a lot of Nicholson's character running or fighting was done by a stunt man. Nicholson mainly does some growling and heavy breathing on his closeups, but even from a distance the makeup on the stunt men is pretty bad and it took me out of the moment every time.
- hypathio7, Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Endlessly Silly. Even with a cast of Nicholson, Spader, Pfeiffer, David Hyde Piece, Alison Janey, Christopher Plummer and David Schwimer; Nichols is unable to make this film anything above laughable. From the ridiculous were-wire-fu to the bad "out of control facial hair" make up effects, Wolf is a constant string of unintentional laughs.
- kenstachnik, Wednesday, June 25, 2008