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Jack Nicholson becomes a werewolf in this bizarre comedy-horror film directed by Mike Nichols. Nicholson plays Will Randall, a book editor with a testosterone deficit who has just been sacked at his publishing firm by a new boss, Raymond Alden (Christopher Plummer). A colleague, Stewart Swinton (James Spader), whom Randall thought was his friend, betrays him. Randall's personality changes after he hits a wolf with his car and gets bitten by the creature. He immediately feels more powerful, has heightened hearing and vision, and sets about to right the wrongs in his life. He visits Alden at… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If he'd followed through, Mike Nichols might have made a brilliant picture -- seems he just couldn't bear to look a gift wolf in the mouth."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"An effective attempt to place a werewolf story in an incongruous setting, with the closely observed details of that setting used to make the story seem more believable."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A guaranteed good time for anyone looking for a different kind of horror film..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Glossy werewolf horror/comedy that fails to make its mark on the genre."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Up until the rote ending, an elegant and witty take on the werewolf story."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Nichols has crafted a rapturous romantic thriller with a darkly comic subtext about what kills human values."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's a wonderfully entertaining and beautifully performed film."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Mike Nichols' underrated 1994 hybrid not only of wolf and man, but also of satire and horror...an eccentric film that may well be regarded, decades hence, as a movie classic. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Worth it to see Nicholson the wolf in fang-to-fang battle."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"On the surface a literate werewolf thriller, the subtext of Mike Nichols' Wolf is a sharp critique about what it takes to succeed in the cutthroat corporate world."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"A sometimes shaky, always enchanting Beauty and the Beast story for grown-ups that is the very essence of smart fun -- droll, sophisticated and surprisingly, pleasingly light."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Monster movies are supposed to frighten the audience; this one fails utterly in that arena."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"With the always edgy, slightly demonic, and predictably unpredictable Jack Nicholson as the wolf man, it actually works . . . almost."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Director Mike Nichols emphasizes the film's Kafkaesque metamorphosis, a metaphor for the nightmarish experience of becoming different from most people and less valued; I won't be surprised if some viewers see it as allegory about AIDS."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Plenty of Howl, Little Bite"
‑ Clint Morris, Film Threat
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