(2004)

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Metascore

Based on 38 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
This creature feature is exhilarating fun, a richly designed and often quite funny re-exploration of the movie past.
80
Dallas Observer
This beast is as subtle as a Red Bull enema, but it succeeds magnificently as compulsively watchable spectacle.
75
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.
60
Variety
The sense of evil overkill is entirely representative of the picture itself, which repeatedly looks ready to blow all its fuses due to sensory overload.
50
Universal Studios has unloaded its entire monster catalog in this movie, which is aimed at people with the attention span of a kindergartner. Shreds of coherence and character have been sacrificed to fangs and fisticuffs at every chance.
40
Empire
The result reaches overload very quickly, squandering the potentially cool premise in a headlong assault of set-piece over story.
33
Entertainment Weekly
Van Helsing, a fusion of eye candy and brain sputter, is a long, kinetic, yet dreary mess.
25
In sum, Van Helsing is yet another video game disguised as a wide-screen epic. Here's hoping the box office drives a firm wooden stake through its hokey Hollywood heart.
20
Film Threat
Sommers suspends the laws of time and physics and forces his characters to spout some of the cheesiest dialogue imaginable.
12
ReelViews
There are quite a few unintentionally funny moments, although the overall experience was too intensely painful for me to be able to advocate it as being "so bad, it's good."

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