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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

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
2 out of 5
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
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

Wolverine, Deadpool, lots of action . .i enjoyed this from start to finish. Lots of more hard core comic people may have not liked it. I on the other hand not being one of them loved it.

- jmanard52, Tuesday, September 15, 2009

2 stars

I found a lot to like about this movie, yet, at the same time, it was also a let down. It's entertaining, and I'm glad they finally brought Wade Williams and Gambit to the big screen, but they really screwed with the mythos (especially with Deadpool). He deserves his own series, and deserves to have his story told properly. I also wish there was more screen time for Gambit. This movie overall is barely slightly better than average, thanks in part to the good special effects, and the decent performances. But for Wolverine's story to be told right, the movie needs to be longer and less restrained. I mean, yeah, the audience gets the idea of his violent history, but the character is so enduring that toning down the content and keeping things from being fully developed is just teasing the audience. I think the one thing I liked most of all about this movie was seeing Will.I.Am in his big screen debut (he's not bad), but mainly Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed. Tyler Mane was great in the original X-Men film (given how much they used him), but Schreiber is a bad ass and brought his acting chops with him. Yeah, this is flawed, but its cool, and does provide insight into one of the most beloved comic book characters, even if things aren't quite handled the way they should be. Save this one for a boring rainy day.

- cosmo313, Thursday, June 27, 2013

3 stars

Hugh Jackman gives an outstanding performance to shroud the fact X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a simplistic and safe film that doesn't really execute as much as the X-Men franchise. The script touches on familiar grounds and different landscapes but still doesn't surpass the impact the X-Men trilogy had. 3.5/5

- fb1442511448, Monday, September 24, 2012