Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic 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: Kim Newman
    May 28, 2011
    80
    Carnivorous lunar activities rarely come any more entertaining than this.
  3. 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.
  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.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »