Box art for X-Men Origins: Wolverine plus Digital Exclusive

X-Men Origins: Wolverine plus Digital Exclusive

  • Rated NR
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure, sci-fi & fantasy

X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the first chapter in the X-Men saga, unites Wolverine with several other legends of the X-Men universe, in an epic revolution that pits the mutants against powerful forces determined to eliminate them.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

ON for kids age 13
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
4 out of 5

More brutal action than in earlier X-Men films.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this comic book prequel isn't as tween-friendly as the earlier X-Men movies. Although many of the mutants are pretty indestructible, the action is still bloodier than in the previous films, thanks to the fact that much of it is carried out with the slashing edge of a claw, talon, or blade. There's also war violence, gunplay, a decapitated animal, and scary/grisly images of medical experiments, as well as kids being taken captive. Also expect mild male nudity (non-sexual shot of bare buttocks), and some drinking and swearing ("s--t" is as strong as it gets).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether the violence in this movie has more impact than that of the earlier X-Men movies. Why or why not?
  • How are Wolverine's fights different than those of characters with different powers/abilities? Is he comfortable with his strength? How does he control it?
  • The film seems to be saying that you can make the choice to not kill an enemy -- but is that message clear amid the high body count?
  • Discuss the appeal of comic book movies. Why do audiences like them so much?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews


- Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out, Friday, November 18, 2011

Rotten: I was definitely disappointed.

- Ben Lyons, At the Movies, Monday, May 4, 2009

Rotten: Wolverine's backstory was good stuff -- but after the falling out with Schreiber, the story loses its center and it gets wobbly.

- Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies, Monday, May 4, 2009

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Movie focuses on Logan and how he becomes Wolverine.

- thmtsang, Thursday, March 1, 2012

3 stars

I just didn't seem to click onto the film, all-be-it there is some darn good action and some good choices in the line of casting but, I didn't seem to warm to it. Although I didn't fully follow the film, there is some credit where it's due, just struggling to put the credit in most places.

- scottgreen96, Tuesday, October 25, 2011

3 stars

A really good cast and interesting story made it worth watching and I definitely feel like I know the characters more (coming from a non comic reader or X-men fan) so for me it was good and kept my attentions but I don't know how a hard core fan would feel. It did get a bit obvious and draining to watch towards then end but overall it was an ok movie.

- StarCrossedVoyager, Saturday, May 19, 2012