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  • Summary: Blending the macabre with a wicked sense of humor, director John Landis (National Lampoon's Animal House) delivers a contemporary take on the classic werewolf tale in this story of two American tourists who, while traveling in London, find their lives changed forever when a vicious wolfBlending the macabre with a wicked sense of humor, director John Landis (National Lampoon's Animal House) delivers a contemporary take on the classic werewolf tale in this story of two American tourists who, while traveling in London, find their lives changed forever when a vicious wolf attacks them during a full moon. (Universal) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    May 28, 2011
    89
    This movie presented a radical melange of genuine horror and self-aware comic touches, not to mention the fabulous Rick Baker special effects.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    May 28, 2011
    80
    A clever mixture of comedy and horror which succeeds in being both funny and scary, An American Werewolf in London possesses an overriding eagerness to please that prevents it from becoming off-putting, and special effects freaks get more than their money's worth.
  3. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    May 28, 2011
    80
    Carnivorous lunar activities rarely come any more entertaining than this.
  4. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    May 28, 2011
    75
    The transformation sequences on their own are disturbing enough to upset sensitive viewers (even though the first one doesn't occur until an hour into the 97 minute film, making the first two-thirds of the movie relatively tame, with the exception of a few appearances by Jack, who looks like a "walking meatloaf").
  5. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 28, 2011
    50
    Seems curiously unfinished, as if director John Landis spent all his energy on spectacular set pieces and then didn't want to bother with things like transitions, character development, or an ending.
  6. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    May 28, 2011
    30
    It's a failure, less because the odd stylistic mix doesn't take (it does from time to time, and to striking effect) than because Landis hasn't bothered to put his story into any kind of satisfying shape.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Nov 24, 2012
    10
    In my opinion, this is truly the best werewolf-themed movie of all time, effortlessly combining horror with comedy and presenting aIn my opinion, this is truly the best werewolf-themed movie of all time, effortlessly combining horror with comedy and presenting a transformation sequence which will probably never be matched. Also the background filler songs, all referencing the moon adds to the treat that this is. The mood of the film bounces up and down like a biorhythm chart, with the extreme highs counterbalanced with the terrifying lows. Perhaps, to nitpick, a few things I didn't like about it include the bumbling law enforcers, and during the final transformation sequence, when David/"David" stares at his hand as it elongates - which actually became one of the iconic images people tend to use when referencing this movie. Otherwise, this is a modern classic. My favorite moments are those when "Jack" makes his visionary appearances, each one in a further state of decay. Place this on your bucket list - it's a must-see. Expand
  2. Dec 21, 2015
    10
    Hands down my favourite movie concerning werewolves and one of my favourite movies in general. I love the way writer/director John LandisHands down my favourite movie concerning werewolves and one of my favourite movies in general. I love the way writer/director John Landis injects a recurring comedic element into this film. You would think that adding comedy into a horror film would offset the tension that film would hope to instill in you. Here that is definitely not the case. Parts like the opening scene on the moors are very atmospheric with a sense of foreboding while other scenes such as one where the protagonist, David, wakes up naked in a zoo and has slyly make his way out of said zoo are hilarious. An American Werewolf In London comfortably joins the ranks of horror classics such as: Evil Dead II, Alien, The Shining and Halloween.

    P.S. There is a transformation scene approximately halfway thorough the movie that is amazing, it is some of the best effects I have seen in any movie and it is this that secured Rick Baker (the special effects artist), his Oscar.
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  3. Oct 12, 2015
    9
    One of the best werewolf films in cinema history, I might even go as far as to say that it is one of the best horror films in History,One of the best werewolf films in cinema history, I might even go as far as to say that it is one of the best horror films in History, brilliantly shot and successfully combining horror, comedy and romance all into one, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats and attempting to hold the screams! Expand
  4. Aug 17, 2011
    8
    Very good for a werewolf flick. Sure we ain`t got a complicated story here. Just a guy who gets bitten by a scary costume and turns one day.Very good for a werewolf flick. Sure we ain`t got a complicated story here. Just a guy who gets bitten by a scary costume and turns one day. The love story is also quite shallow. But the movie still manages to hold the viewer to see more. The single main thing I looked at is : is this film scary? Well yes, it is damn scary! Not all the time, mind you. The English country side looks funny compared to all other such flicks where we see the woods mainly. Here, the boys get attacked at night, yes, but at an open area. Ofcourse by now the speciall effects look silly at times, though the man-wolf transformation is the best I`ve seen yet. Still, it is convincing. It also contributes to building the main character - he also experiences a lot of pain and remorse. The film also has a few funny scenes. The thing I liked the most about it : the werewolf is a savage beast and kills people in the most gruesome ways, just out of bloodthirst. Excellent sound to that. Overall a movie that manages to amuse inspite of time. Expand
  5. Apr 20, 2013
    8
    With outstanding and revolutionary make-up and howling special effects, An American Werewolf In London is a major success especially with itsWith outstanding and revolutionary make-up and howling special effects, An American Werewolf In London is a major success especially with its surprising blend of horror and humor. Expand
  6. Jul 2, 2016
    5
    Not a very good movie. The acting is terrible and it's mostly boring like many werewolf movies are. One time watch and thankfully it's notNot a very good movie. The acting is terrible and it's mostly boring like many werewolf movies are. One time watch and thankfully it's not that long. American Werewolf in Paris is much more entertaining. Expand
  7. Sep 21, 2012
    4
    It is an old school film that was unsure of it`s self. The horror was not scary although there is artistry present during the transformationIt is an old school film that was unsure of it`s self. The horror was not scary although there is artistry present during the transformation scene and many of the scenes where you see Jack back from the dead. I found the odd moment funny but much of the over the top humor did not work for me. don`t even get me started about the ending. Expand

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