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Based on 38 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 25
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Here's a shrieking bore of a horror flick. show more

  • NA
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Sommers film just lies there, weighted down by a complete lack of wit, artfulness and internal logic. So it's a disaster -- a big, loud, boring wreck. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The dashing Jackman plays his part well enough, but the script doesn't provide sufficient "Indiana Jones"-style bons mots to win us over. show more

  • NA
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Nothing's alive in this trash-heap travesty of warm-weather entertainment, despite the frenetic pace. show more

  • 38
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Instead of paying homage to these creepy creatures of bygone Hollywood, Sommers seems to be unwittingly lampooning them. The first few minutes of Van Helsing, shot in black and white, look like outtakes from Mel Brooks' gagfest "Young Frankenstein." show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Old monster movies were thrilling in a way that mingled terror, sexuality and a real preference for the monsters over their tormentors. Van Helsing is a kiddie adventure on an endless, meaningless loop. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    This creature feature is exhilarating fun, a richly designed and often quite funny re-exploration of the movie past. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Silly and spectacular, and fun. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    A movie that's underwritten, overdirected, overproduced and almost constantly over-the-top. But it's also, at its best, a big tongue-in-cheek extravaganza. show more

  • 63
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    For all its tangle of characters and plot twists, Van Helsing isn't the slightest bit involving, and more than once (especially whenever Beckinsale is onscreen), it is unintentionally hilarious. But it's the rare kind of movie where the badness just adds to the fun. show more

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