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  • Summary: Vampire warrioress, Selene, escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species. (Screen Gems)

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jan 20, 2012
    The entire production is single-mindedly, earnestly devoted to serving up feats of BADASS, and it succeeds in this devotion to the exclusion of everything else. Allegedly in 3-D, though I didn't notice at the time.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Jan 20, 2012
    Once again, Beckinsale brings an impressive physicality and subzero cool to her portrayal of Selene.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Jan 21, 2012
    There's not much to this movie beyond a slick procession of dark, gleaming violence. But Selene lovers would pay good 3D money to see her fight a parking ticket.
  4. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Jan 20, 2012
    Anyway, "Children of Men" this ain't, though the inert directing of Len Wiseman (who helmed the first two films and has a producer credit here) has thankfully been replaced by Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein, who seem to have a lot more verve and even some visual whimsy.
  5. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Jan 20, 2012
    Murky and perpetually bluish in tinge, Underworld: Awakening does and gets little with the 3-D in which it's being offered, and ends by shamelessly setting up a further and fatally unnecessary installment.
  6. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Jan 25, 2012
    There is running, hiding, fighting, shooting, bleeding, biting, slicing, dicing, and damnably little entertainment value in any of it.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jan 20, 2012
    Latest, dreadful entry in the vampires-battling-werewolves franchise.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 72
  2. Negative: 13 out of 72
  1. Jan 26, 2012
    I think that they did a great job with this movie. Action is simply amazing, even comparable to Matrix. Selene (Kate) is beautiful and badass as always. I'm a big fan of Underworld series and I hope that they will make more, prequel would be awesome because Lucian and Raze are great characters and they need more screen time. All in all, nice and exciting movie. Expand
  2. Feb 27, 2012
    Personally, I feel this was a great movie. Thought it didn't have much of a plot it made up for it with all the action. I think the Underworld series needed this movie and I hope it continues to go on especially because I want to see if the vampires can fight back and what would happen to Michael. Will he end up getting killed? Will he be able to see his daughter? or how many even the daughter turn out? Just a good movie in my opinion. It was a great movie to watch. Expand
  3. Feb 4, 2012
    2Wwweeeeefgrrffrddgtsfgffhrgfdhcyhfffddssssssdgyujjhfddxdsssssderrttyuuioopiuyrredfvvvvgvgghggghhggfffffhhjioiyyteewwegjgfrfdrtykunvfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffftffffftffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff i thought it vwas great Expand
  4. Jan 21, 2012
    The movie is fun but if you think too hard about the plot you'll get a headache due to the amount of crazy, weird things you don't really seen everyday. My main problem with the film (probably a biased opinion) is that they always make the Werewolves seem like the villain and its pretty redundant especially since the previous films showed us that Werewolves were actually the 'better side' (I use that term loosely because they aren't the good side) Expand
  5. Jan 26, 2012
    As a fan of the series, I remain mixed on this film. Indeed, the action was great, and the effects were good, but there was very little substance present in this addition. I love action, gore, and fast pacing, but this film lacked everything that made Underworld mysterious, subtle, and provoking. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, without Bill Nighy's Victor, the series will continue to slag. Nighy had a presence that improved each film with a sense of mystique. This addition indeed welcomes back Beckinsale, but this whole "hybrid daughter" thing is a tired concept. Can't it get a tad more interesting than that? Part of what made the first film so great was it's devotion to old-style vamps and wolves, with a couple contemporary twists to make them fresh. This film is pumped so full with steroids and action that it becomes a fan of action, gore, etc, that's a pretty big statement for me. Collapse
  6. Feb 4, 2012
    At 88 minutes â
  7. Jan 24, 2012
    IMO they should have skipped this one.. Maybe even decided to hang it up. It's not getting better in this franchise it's falling down a slippery slope. Expand

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