Vampires and werewolves have waged a nocturnal war against each other for centuries. But all bets are off when a female vampire warrior named Selene, who's famous for her strength and werewolf-hunting prowess, becomes smitten with a peace-loving male werewolf, Michael, who wants to end the war.
Richard Roeper I've been waiting a long time to see a Shakespearean werewolf vampire movie and here it is.
David Edelstein 125 minutes is a long time to stare at a movie that's basically in bleached blue-and-white with occasional splotches of brick red.
Andrew O'Hehir By any reasonable standard, this dark vampire epic -- all massive overacting, cologne-commercial design and sexy cat suits -- sucks.
Desson Thomson It needs a wooden stake and a silver bullet through its script.
Ann Hornaday For all its slick, neo-noir style, Underworld brings very little that's new to a hoary genre, except for the cliches and conventions of other hoary genres.
Stephen Whitty The whole thing's more art-directed than directed, and the actors are clearly on their own.
Chuck Wilson A remarkably humorless movie, and not even the adroitly hammy Bill Nighy, as the vampire king, can leaven the overwrought seriousness of it all.
Alex Pappademas It takes a premise that should have made for primo goth froth ... and renders it (forgive me) bloodless, even when the corn syrup flows by the gallon.
Michael Rechtshaffen Keeps getting held back by an uncertain pace and a too-tight- lipped tone that elicits a few inadvertent snickers.