The Times' Kenneth Turan writes, "this latest venture reminds us how fortunate we are to have a capable, committed actor who exudes masculinity in the title role." Unfortunately, he adds, "not even Jackman can completely rescue his character's latest outing. As directed by the usually reliable
In a more positive review, the San Francisco Chronicle's Mick LaSalle quips, "Somewhere along the line somebody must have had a crazy idea, that maybe for once the Wolverine required a decent script, and shouldn't rely only on action, audience goodwill and the sight of Hugh Jackman with his shirt off." He adds, "'The Wolverine' is the first film from the X-Men universe to show Jackman to full advantage … and his performance is in the best action tradition of strength and humor."
A.O. Scott of the
Jocelyn Noveck of the Associated Press calls the film "fairly satisfying if not stellar" and says, "whether you're an X-Men fan or not, it's Jackman that makes 'The Wolverine' worth watching." She adds, "At this point he could play the role in his sleep — but he doesn't, and the nuances he and director Mangold bring to the character lift this enterprise up from the usual blockbuster-sequel fare."
Given the praise Jackman has garnered, it's easy to see how he racked up six Wolverine appearances — and counting. No. 7, "X-Men: Days of Future Past," is due next summer.