Moria gives a mixed review and closes by saying that "for what it aims for, The Wolfman achieves modestly and effectively." The New York Times does not like it. DVD Talk doesn't like it either, closing its review with this:
Because, you know, a werewolf is about an Id unleashed, howling at the moon, tearing stuff up. The Wolfman is none of these things. It's timid and boring. It's a pretty lady in a bodice that never gets ripped. It howls, but it does so quietly, afraid that someone might hear. The Wolfman is a quarter moon kind of movie, not a full one.Roger Ebert gives it a generally positive review except for the special effects. The Guardian gives it a lowly 2 out of a possible 5 stars. EW says
Del Toro, with his melancholy-brute features, endows this raging beast with some of the ''Why me?'' poignance you may remember from Lon Chaney Jr.'s performance in the original. Lawrence, you see, has no desire to be a werewolf. He doesn't get off on the power of the dark side; he just wants to be free of it. And that lends The Wolfman, hokey and uneven though it is, the kind of authentic emotional hook that too many horror movies today don't have.