Wolverine Lacks Claws
Sharp performance from Jackman saves stale X-Men spinoff from total mediocrity
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2009 7:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – A charismatic Hugh Jackman gamely slashes his way through X:Men Origins: Wolverine, say critics, but he's let down by a stale script and effects that fail to lift the movie above generic superhero fare.

  • Hollywood.com: The "action-filled spinoff delivers on the brawn but not the soul of the X-Men franchise that spawned it."

  • Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: The movie "is saved from pure flat-footed blockbuster franchise adequacy by six things, three of them on Hugh Jackman's left hand, three on the right."
  • Nick de Semlyen, Empire: "While not a disaster, this isn’t the claws-out, rampaging adventure we hoped for. No one cares where Wolverine found his jacket—a spin-off with him kicking ass in Japan would have been way more fun."