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Critics weigh in on 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'

In his review that was published yesterday, Newsday critic Rafer Guzmán gave "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" three stars. He called the movie, which opens today, "a satisfyingly crunchy action flick," one that "moves with enough speed and agility that viewers won't notice a dropped ball or two."

(If you missed it, you can read the full review at newsday.com/movies)

Here is a sampling of other reviews:

This check-your-dramatic-exposition-at-the-door spectacle is lean, mean and not terribly interesting unless you've always wondered how many different materials Wolverine could cut through with those handy retractable claws.

- The Associated Press

A movie that's short on heart and heavy-handed, much like the Ang Lee-directed "Hulk" of a few years back. The set pieces, especially toward the end, are more amusing than awe inspiring. But Jackman is still cool in the [title] role.

- Orlando Sentinel

Director Gavin Hood did the best he could to bring the fourth movie in the comic book-inspired "X-Men" film series to the big screen. The final result is good, not great. - Fresno Bee

A keen disappointment as action and effects take over from a poorly conceived story. - The Hollywood Reporter

This brawny but none-too-brainy prequel sustains interest mainly - if only fitfully - as a nonstop slice-and-dice vehicle for Hugh Jackman.

- Variety

While packed with effects and action, without the attention to story and emotional investment present in such films as ''The Dark Knight'' and " Iron Man," "Wolverine" ultimately doesn't rise above its comic-book roots.

- Arizona Republic

A super-buff Jackman gets to explore the character in more depth than previously, and Liev Schreiber, as his brother, makes a dandy bad guy.

- New York Post

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