Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans
Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans (2009)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 23, 2009
DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite the best efforts of its competent cast, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is an indistinguishable and unnecessary prequel.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

Claudia Puig
USA Today

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is surprisingly campy fun, mostly succeeding through the power of its lead performances.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A period piece that drips mediocrity from the minute it begins.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

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.

Brian Orndorf

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.

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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star

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.

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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

The third film in Screen Gems' grimly competent, vampires-versus-wolves franchise.

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Anders Wotzke

Lacks the Gothic coolness that made the original such an underground hit.

Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
I went in to this expecting nothing good. No Kate Beckinsale?? How could it be good. well i was surprised. Solid sci fi/ fantasy with decent acting. Good… More
Everett Johnson
"Underworld Rise of the Lycons" is a prequel, which tells the tale of how the war began between Lycons and the Death Dealers. The story was told in… More
Phil Hubbs
Hmmmm double edged sword here methinks. I liked this for its imagery and ideas, my love for vampire and werewolf films sways me to the dark side and I… More
MisterYoda ?
three stars
Alex roy
A surprisingly decent and enjoyable film that is a departure from the previous two entries. I really didn't enjoy the second film, and I was skeptical… More
EightThirty .
04/08/2011 (ONLINE) <b>A GREAT PREQUEL!</b> I actually saw a decent fan-made version of this beginning with the "Rise of the Lycans" and… More