(2003)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 34 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
New York Daily News
The filmmakers' decision to go with prosthetic enhancements rather than CGI gives the snouts, fangs and snapping jaws a refreshingly tactile look.
75
At heart, this is an old-fashioned monster flick decked out with Hollywood's full battery of high-tech visual effects. It's as goofy as it is gory -- stay away if you don't like in-your-face mayhem.
75
Charlotte Observer
However much Underworld recycles elements from other films, it carries us into a well-constructed, convincingly scary world worth visiting.
63
As murky and derivative-looking as the film is, it moves with an authority that pummels you into submission.
63
Chicago Tribune
Has one other thing in common with "The Matrix Reloaded" -- too much story, too many angles.
63
ReelViews
An example of a vampire movie for the new century -- stylish, gothic, gory, and loud.
50
Entertainment Weekly
By the end, I was starting to ponder questions like, If a vampire mates with a lycan-vamp hybrid, which parent will have to convert?
40
The Hollywood Reporter
Beckinsale delivers even if Underworld doesn't quite manage to follow through on its initial promise.
25
"Your incompetence is most taxing," says the chief vampire (Bill Nighy). A line that pretty much nails this rusty Blade.
25
Neither side is worth rooting for in this ridiculous blood feud, which features some of the year's most laughable dialogue.
25
Could use script transfusion, or at least a few quarts of levity.

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