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1/26/2009 by Stephen WhittyIt 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.
1/26/2009 by James BerardinelliThe 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.
1/26/2009 by Jason AndersonUnderworld: 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.
1/26/2009 by Claudia PuigUnderworld: Rise of the Lycans is surprisingly campy fun, mostly succeeding through the power of its lead performances.
New York Times
1/26/2009 by Manohla DargisUnlike Mr. Nighy, who puts an amusing camp spin on his every line and gesture, Mr. Sheen appears to have taken his monster duties seriously.
Los Angeles Times
1/26/2009 by Glenn WhippThe third film in Screen Gems' grimly competent, vampires-versus-wolves franchise.
1/26/2009 by Michael RechtshaffenRound 3 in the vampire-werewolf battle to the undeath rises to the occasion.
1/26/2009 by Clark CollisSheen and Nighy do their best with the material, but this is easily the worst Underworld so far.
1/26/2009 by Joel BrownDirector Patrick Tatopoulos was responsible for the creature effects in the two earlier installments, but he's not great at staging fights or directing actors.
1/26/2009 by Tasha RobinsonLycans, helmed by longtime creature-designer and first-time director Patrick Tatopoulos, just repeats the tale again at feature length.
1/23/2009 by Joe LeydonThe performances are forceful enough to keep things interesting even when no one is sprouting fangs or drinking blood.
1/23/2009 by Richard CorlissI'd provide more detail of plot and dialogue, but the visual palette was way too dark for me to take legible notes; and frankly, though I saw it at a midnight screening hours ago, the movie just wasn't that memorable.
1/23/2009 by Roger MooreThe film would all be a complete bore if it weren't for the odd sparks of wit, and the sparks set off by Sheen and B-picture queen Mitra.
1/23/2009 by Nigel FloydThe digital video images are blurry, the fight scenes messy, the editing jerky, and the derivative plot absurdly overwrought.
5/26/2011 by Felix Vasquez Jr.A period piece that drips mediocrity from the minute it begins.
6/2/2010 by Brian OrndorfLeft 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.
8/2/2009 by Anders WotzkeLacks the Gothic coolness that made the original such an underground hit.
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