X-Men Origins: Wolverine is “well-acted, with spectacular action and witty one-liners,” said Claudia Puig in USA Today. As the “unstoppable mutant” out for justice, Hugh Jackman “invests his fierce character with a cheeky attitude, clear-eyed intelligence, and inherent decency, compelling viewers to care about his metamorphosis.” (watch the trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine)

The movie is “heavily fortified with adamantium, testosterone, and CGI,” said Justin Chang in Variety, and serves as “a nonstop slice-and-dice vehicle for Hugh Jackman.” It’s also a “dull-witted actioner that falls short of the two Bryan Singer–directed pics in the franchise, but still overpowers 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand.”

If you “want generic explosions, motorcycle stunts, and lots of yelling,” said Matt Pais in Metromix Chicago, then X-Men Origins: Wolverine is the movie for you. But if you’re looking for “something that rivals The Dark Knight or Iron Man,” skip it—this film is an “overstuffed, convoluted bore.”