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Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6

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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  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 1, 2016
    5
    This movie was made in 1981... it's supposed to lose its greatness because it has aged badly. Classical movie fans, prepare to see this movieThis movie was made in 1981... it's supposed to lose its greatness because it has aged badly. Classical movie fans, prepare to see this movie again. I'll keep my eye out on aging in movies like this. Full Review »
  3. 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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