Metascore
44

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
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  1. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    70
    First-time helmer Patrick Tatopoulos (who designed creatures for all three pics) offers a satisfyingly exciting monster rally that often plays like a period swashbuckler.
  2. Thanks to sturdy performances by holdovers Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy as well as tidy, unfussy direction by first-timer Patrick Tatopoulos, the creature designer who is taking the reins from originator Len Wiseman, the third installment in the successful franchise should be to the fan base's lycan.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    The highlight of this fantasy/horror hybrid is watching a pair of the best British character actors --- Bill Nighy and Michael Sheen -- shed their thespian respectability and unleash their inner beasts.
  4. Although the presence of Mr. Sheen is initially distracting, it soon becomes the movie's greatest asset. There is, as it turns out, some benefit to having a real performance even in a formulaic entertainment like this.
  5. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    58
    Sheen and Nighy do their best with the material, but this is easily the worst Underworld so far.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    50
    The enterprise is sluggish when it's not grinding toward the preposterous.
  7. 50
    The first film was significantly better and, therefore, is the place to start for anyone with a modicum of interest. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is an also-ran that is likely to be appreciated only by completists.
  8. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    50
    Grimly competent.
  9. Reviewed by: Jeremy Wheeler
    50
    While it may not be "Citizen Canine," Rise of the Lycans tells its tale competently and without the derivative nature of its predecessors.
  10. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    50
    Mincing around like a bored old glam rocker and hissing threats from behind electric neon eyes, Nighy seems to be the only person on set who found a glint of amusement in his part. He fares better than poor Sheen, a scraggly Wolverine who made a more credible vampire-slayer opposite Frank Langella’s Nixon.
  11. 33
    Clumsy, ephemeral, and wholly unnecessary.
  12. 30
    It's a testament to Bill Nighy's cadaverous panache that this third entry in the ongoing exsanguinators vs. lycanthropes franchise (that's vampires and werewolves to anyone not weaned on Famous Monsters) is as tolerable as it is.
  13. Reviewed by: Cliff Doerksen
    30
    The movie is humorless and monotonous, but watching the talented Sheen (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) give his all to such throwaway material is weirdly diverting.
  14. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    20
    A needless threequel. Note to director: avoid 'rise of the' titles.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 125 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 56
  2. Negative: 5 out of 56
  1. JamesO.
    May 18, 2009
    10
    A very good prequel movie. I definitely hope they make a 4th in the series sometime after the events of the 2nd movie. Definitely a must watch movie!
  2. Oct 1, 2011
    4
    "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" is the same tedious vampire vs werewolf movie. There's nothing new, but its Michael Sheen's brilliant"Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" is the same tedious vampire vs werewolf movie. There's nothing new, but its Michael Sheen's brilliant performance that will keep you entertaining. Full Review »
  3. Mar 12, 2013
    8
    Definitely the best of the bunch (which may change when I re-watch Evolution) but this was more enjoyable to watch than the first two as itDefinitely the best of the bunch (which may change when I re-watch Evolution) but this was more enjoyable to watch than the first two as it was much more involved. You got to learn a lot more about the history and, as the title says, the Rise of the Lycans who turn on their Vampire owners. Beckinsale is absent but is replaced by the equally as stunning Rhona Mitra, and its also great to see Michael Sheen back playing a more likable Lucian. Overall an enjoyable film and fans will be pleased Full Review »