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Sophisticated to a point, this well-executed wolf-man tale works due to its clever setting and enormous star power. We all know Jack Nicholson can go nuts, but the script makes his character aware of his changes, sometimes for the better, early on. The setting, a publishing house in the middle of a takeover, gives the characters dramatic life before the horror elements kicks in. A senior editor about to get the boot, Nicholson's character becomes a new man after being bitten by a wolf. He takes on challenges at work, lives a more robust life, and attracts a new love. But will his newfound energy consume him? Director Mike Nichols keeps the action alive in the first half, but the film peters out at the end with cheap theatrics and the overuse of slow motion. Michelle Pfeiffer has little to do as simply the love interest with a grittier than average personality. Better is James Spader as a smarmy colleague. Nicholson is in fine form, relying on his keen gift to spark interest (a twitch of the head, a look in the eyes), instead of heavy doses of movie makeup. Giuseppe Rotunno's sweeping camerawork sets the mood quite well. Easy to recommend, with the added feature it's hardly gratuitous. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Love this DVD movie. A werewolf story with a twist. Very entertaining. Excellent sellerPublished 4 months ago by Moira Lauren
Although this was a great movie when it came out, because it was a new way to look at werewolves as a possible goal in your life, this is getting old. Read morePublished 14 months ago by jean dumoulin
4 1/2 is better. We liked this for the possibly of what could be. How some animals are violant and how sensative some others are. Read morePublished on May 12 2013 by B L Brown
Assuming you can accept the possibility of the events, this is a great movie. Effects are great, I loved it beginning to end.Published on Nov. 20 2012 by Kairn C
Smart and entertaining, off-beat werewolf film. Don't watch expecting your typical Hollywood horror flick but thoroughly enjoyable surprise of a movie.Published on Dec 20 2010 by nobody
Will Randall (Jack Nicholson) has made it to the top of his publishing career. With nowhere to go, he is sure to be a victim of the latest merger. Read morePublished on July 1 2006 by B. Chandler