Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans
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The Underworld series gets the prequel treatment with this third outing that fleshes out the story of the ancient war between the vampiric Death Dealers and their wolfman counterparts, the Lycans. F/X technician Patrick Tatopoulos (Godzilla, Independence Day) steps out of the effects lab and into the director's chair with this entry, which sees stars Bill Nighy returning as Viktor, the king of his vampire clan and father to Sonja (Rhona Mitra), a free-minded heir who tests her parent by heading outside of their castle's borders and doing battle with the ravenous werewolves of the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Take our advice: Buy a rubber mallet and strike yourself repeatedly until you start to black out. Same basic feeling."
‑ Hank Sartin, Time Out New York
"Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is as unnecessary as it is uninvolving. Only fans desperate to learn how the whole vampire-werewolf conflict began are likely to get anything out of this viewing experience."
‑ Jason Anderson, Toronto Star
"A period piece that drips mediocrity from the minute it begins."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"...can't help but come off as an obvious high point within this progressively low-rent series..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Borrows from 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'The Passion of the Christ' (there are two, count 'em, two gory scourging scenes) and, especially, 'Spartacus'..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"It is not necessary to have seen the first two Underworld films to fully enjoy the third. It might be helpful, however, to first see a bartender."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is surprisingly campy fun, mostly succeeding through the power of its lead performances."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Left with only a small pocket of timeline to embroider, the prequel manages to develop a breezy, bloody, operatic experience. Even better, it wipes away the toxic awfulness of Evolution. It's now safe to return to the Underworld."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"Enquanto seus realizadores contam o dinheiro que ganharam com o projeto, farei o mesmo que fiz com relação aos dois primeiros capítulos: publicarei este texto e esquecerei imediatamente do filme que o tornou necessário."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Feels like a superfluous placeholder until Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman are available and ready to make a true third installment in the series."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"The storyline essentially replicates that of Underworld and Underworld: Evolution, meaning that if you've seen one or both of them, there's no compelling reason to spend your hard earned dollars on the third."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Unlike Mr. Nighy, who puts an amusing camp spin on his every line and gesture, Mr. Sheen appears to have taken his monster duties seriously."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Lacks the Gothic coolness that made the original such an underground hit."
‑ Anders Wotzke, Moviedex
"(Has) a fidelity to the style of the originals without the tangled, overstuffed narrative."
‑ Jeffrey Bloomer, Paste Magazine
"At least we're spared a lot of the "legacy this" and "prophecy that" stuff that slows down both of the previous Underworld adventures."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
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