'Van Helsing' Critic Reviews

71%
MovieWeb:   11 reviews
22%
Rotten Tomatoes:   217 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    25
    A long, kinetic, yet dreary mess.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    Despite the rococo obsessiveness of its special effects and its voracious sampling of past horror movies, Van Helsing is mostly content to offer warmed-over allusions and secondhand thrills.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    The dashing Jackman plays his part well enough, but the script doesn't provide sufficient Indiana Jones-style bons mots to win us over.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    A special-effects extravaganza that uses the barest of excuses to bring these characters together.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    There's never a dull moment, but there's also never a moment. It never stops. It's a perpetual-motion machine.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    Van Helsing is one excruciatingly loud set piece of CGI hooey after another, and when a character or a plot twist does manage to make you laugh, you're not sure whether it's camp or ineptitude.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Ed Park Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The orgy of morphing, shrieking, lightning-cracking, and habitual rope-swinging quickly turns oppressive.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jami Bernard New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Eric Harrison Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    0
    We've seen worse movies -- I'm sure of it -- but this opening salvo of the summer season is so extravagantly, off-the-wall bad it pushes the others from memory.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Philip Wuntch Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    34
    The film is an unending cavalcade of razzle-dazzle that becomes continuously less dazzling.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Michael Booth Denver Post (Top Critic)
    Enjoying the overblown but well-intentioned Van Helsing requires the campy mind-set of that TV show, not the spooky gravity of classic monster flicks.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The horror flick, at its height, was a lyrical caressing of our fears; by the end of this nonsense, you fear for the well-being of the genre. 'It's dead!'
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Silly and spectacular, and fun.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    38
    A noisy, 19th-century fantasy adventure that goes nowhere.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    13
    More and more summer movies depend on relentless action sequences at the expense of coherent narrative, but Van Helsing might be the first whose overkill reaches nuclear capacity.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    59
    No one's going to argue that Van Helsing is a great movie, but it's just the sort of loud, splashy, silly, summer fun flick we've come to expect.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    Looks like a movie assembled by a room full of computer geeks munching Doritos and playing Wolfenstein in between stints of designing Dracula's fangs.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    This moronic abomination is not a movie. It's just a noisy, nasty and repulsive video game-slash- theme-park haunted-house ride designed to appeal to the offspring of warlocks and trolls.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Todd McCarthy Variety (Top Critic)
    The concoction seems far more contrived than plausible, but 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.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Van Helsing is more amusing and exciting than frightening.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Jay Boyar Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    40
    A turbo-charged retelling of the Dracula, Frankenstein and Wolf Man sagas, this extravagant creature-feature crams everything in but Abbott and Costello.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Geoff Pevere Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    20
    A junk-food feast for the eyes and utterly thought-cleansing fast for the intellect.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    25
    The idea is every bit as dumb as the execution.
    Full Review » 10 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    This is what happens when you spend pots of money on special effects but don't give a fig about storytelling.
    Full Review » 10 years ago