If you think Taylor Lautner's werewolf from the 'Twilight' series didn't have enough bite, this 'Wolfman' is for you. Benicio Del Toro, no pretty boy he, stars in 'The Wolfman' from Universal Pictures, and while there's plenty of gore, ripping flesh and general carnage in this Goth-tinged 'Wolfman,' overall it falls a hair short, according to a majority of critics.

'The Wolfman' also stars Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving, under the direction of Joe Johnston. Set in Victorian England, Del Toro finds the curse of the werewolf haunting his family when he returns to his ancestral home. The local villagers have been picked off one by one by a powerful beast with a penchant for ripping limbs apart. Hmm, wonder who that could be?

Check out the reviews after the jump: If you think Taylor Lautner's werewolf from the 'Twilight' series didn't have enough bite, this 'Wolfman' is for you. Benicio Del Toro, no pretty boy he, stars in 'The Wolfman' from Universal Pictures, and while there's plenty of gore, ripping flesh and general carnage in this Goth-tinged 'Wolfman,' overall it falls a hair short, according to a majority of critics.

'The Wolfman' also stars Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving, under the direction of Joe Johnston. Set in Victorian England, Del Toro finds the curse of the werewolf haunting his family when he returns to his ancestral home. The local villagers have been picked off one by one by a powerful beast with a penchant for ripping limbs apart. Hmm, wonder who that could be?

Here are the reviews:

The Hollywood Reporter: "What might have been a ripe re-imagining of the 1941 Lon Chaney original instead emerges as an all-too-apparent salvage effort -- a jury-rigged Frankenstein's monster of a patchwork lacking any cohesive tone or singular artistic vision."

Chicago Sun-Times: "What you might like to know is that 'The Wolfman' has been made with care by Joe Johnston, and is well-photographed by Shelly Johnson and designed by Rick Hendrichs. The music by Danny Elfman creeps around the edges. Del Toro makes Lawrence sad, worried, fearful, doomed."

Arizona Republic: "Del Toro is spectacularly miscast, while Hopkins walks through much of the movie. Director Joe Johnston gives the film a satisfyingly spooky look and vibe throughout, particularly scenes set in the woods at night, with the bright light of a full moon as a backdrop. But the movie plays like a missed opportunity, with its by-the-numbers scares and a story that feels disjointed, hurried in some places, slow in others."

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Chicago Tribune: "Director Joe Johnston's reboot is devoted to the pleasures of meticulous and insinuating period re-creation (1891 Blackmoor, England, plus a side trip to London), shot in a mixture of studio interiors (at the famed Shepperton Studios) and open-air location work. Doggedly, or rather wolfishly, the film doesn't go in for camp or mirth, at least until its misjudged and semi-endless wolf-on-wolf climax."

Variety: "The werewolf attacks generally consist of abrupt cutaways to the face of the beast, accompanied by a sudden roar, then bites or, more often, slashing swipes by giant claws, which leave human hamburger meat in their wake. The constant repetition of these shock tactics, in lieu of genuine suspense, makes "The Wolfman" feel cheap ... "

The Associated Press: "The big-screen is ripe for a new take on the hairy he-wolf legend. Yet despite a first-rate cast led by Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt, a classy re-creation of late-Victorian England and commendable respect for the 1941 original movie, "The Wolfman" is more a yawn than a scream."

New York Daily News: "But when Del Toro, haunted from the get-go, and that old dancing bear Hopkins start to face-off in shadowy rooms, things get delightfully hairy. And makeup master Rick Baker ('An American Werewolf in London') makes Del Toro's final, vest-and-pants-wearing lycanthrope scarier and less CGI than expected. For killing the tedium when you're in the company of werewolves, that's as good as a silver bullet."
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