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Only four years after 's Origins movie got clawed apart by critics, 's fast-healing mutant is back. And the fans are back on board too, thanks to the prospect of 's The Wolverine which is based on Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's beloved comic book series. But how does the movie shape up, according to early reviews? Well, its not on the same scale as Origins' 38% Rotten Tomatoes rating, but its a huge resounding 'meh' so far. Take a look at what the critics are saying:

All in, The Wolverine is a refreshingly good entry in the X-Men franchise that completely wipes out the nasty taste Origins: Wolverine left.

Ben Mortimer, HeyUGuys

Though it doesn't have the vibrant wit and zip of an Avengers Assemble, or the allegorical grandeur of a Dark Knight, it's a step up from the garbled silliness of Wolverine's first solo outing.

Neil Smith, Total Film

Mangold clearly wants to make a classically-styled 'serious' picture, but he's caught between his legit filmmaker instincts and the requirements of a Hollywood blockbuster.

Simon Reynolds, Digital Spy

Though Jackman's star turn is finally allowed to dominate, there's a sense that all this is too easy for actor and character.

Kim Newman, Screen International

Given the critical spanking that greeted the last Wolverine film, you may be wondering what the steel-clawed superhero is doing back on the big screen. It's a question that isn't answered by James Mangold's X-Men spin-off.

David Edwards, Daily Mirror

[The Wolverine] is a neat trick. But don't get too excited.

Jordan Hoffman, ScreenCrush

You'll be left wishing that it was a fun comic-book movie with some emotional weight, rather than a serious character study with a few exciting scenes.

Matt Looker,

Are people these days just too spoilt by comic book movies like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, and, will you still be checking out The Wolverine regardless when it hits theaters on July 26th? Let me know what you think in the comments!

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