Jack Nicholson stars as Will Randall, the chief editor at a New York City publishing firm, who as the film opens is driving down a snowy Vermont road when his car slams into a wolf. He gets out to investigate and is bitten, and shortly thereafter begins to experience some unusual effects. The first changes are apparent in the sudden acuity of his sensory perceptions and a marked shift in personality.
Jack Nicholson stars as Will Randall, the chief editor at a New York City publishing firm, who as the film opens is driving down a snowy Vermont road when his car slams into a wolf. He gets out to investigate and is bitten, and shortly thereafter begins to experience some unusual effects. The first changes are apparent in the sudden acuity of his sensory perceptions and a marked shift in personality. No longer a meek, easygoing man, Will becomes decidedly "wolfish" in fighting for his job when billionaire Raymond Alden (Christopher Plummer) takes over the publishing firm and threatens to replace him with the weasel-like sycophant Stewart Swinton (James Spader). Meanwhile, Alden's beautiful daughter (Michelle Pfeiffer) begins to fall for him, without realizing that the man she's begun to love is gradually turning into someone-or something-else.
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52 critic reviews
44,423 user reviews
Globe and Mail
4/12/2002 by Rick Groen
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.
5/12/2001 by Peter Travers
Nichols has crafted a rapturous romantic thriller with a darkly comic subtext about what kills human values.
1/1/2000 by Roger Ebert
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.
San Francisco Chronicle
1/1/2000 by Edward Guthmann
It's a wonderfully entertaining and beautifully performed film.
1/1/2000 by James Berardinelli
Monster movies are supposed to frighten the audience; this one fails utterly in that arena.
1/1/2000 by Hal Hinson
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.
1/1/2000 by Desson Thomson
Nichols has allowed Wolf to evolve from a well-mounted, supernatural drama to goofy camp.
5/29/2018 by Malcolm Johnson
In the end, Wolf loses any trace of subtlety and becomes quite silly, a veritable monster mash. It seems everybody's eyes are turning wolfen green.
Independent on Sunday
11/30/2017 by Quentin Curtis
Much of Wolf can be devoured with pleasure. To be more interested in philanthropy than lycanthropy may be a fault to the good.
11/15/2017 by Adam Mars-Jones
The film isn't a waste of time, and works rather well for about two- thirds of its length as a comedy of business life. For a horror film or a serious exploration of the divided nature of modern man, you need to look elsewhere.
Antagony & Ecstasy
11/16/2014 by Tim Brayton
A fine little fable of business world mores that has the gross misfortune to turn into a horror film at a time when nobody quite knew what horror was.
10/27/2010 by Felix Vasquez Jr.
A guaranteed good time for anyone looking for a different kind of horror film...
10/26/2009 by Peter Canavese
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]
10/16/2009 by James Plath
It's the possibility of the transformation that's most intriguing, rather than the wolf man episodes themselves--though I have to admit that it's a nice twist on the legend to have this big bad wolf go after muggers in Central Park.
10/16/2009 by James Plath
With the always edgy, slightly demonic, and predictably unpredictable Jack Nicholson as the wolf man, it actually works . . . almost.
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
1/12/2009 by Dennis Schwartz
Glossy werewolf horror/comedy that fails to make its mark on the genre.
8/14/2007 by Steve Crum
Worth it to see Nicholson the wolf in fang-to-fang battle.
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