• 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer
    The picture shatters all genre conventions.
  • 80
    Michael Atkinson Village Voice
    It's easily the most disarming and inventive movie made for genre geeks in years.
  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
    I would be lying if I did not admit that this is all, in its absurd and overheated way, entertaining.
  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News
    An eye-pleasing French action-slasher film that is cheerfully unencumbered by the usual conventions of stuffy costume drama.
  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer
    The perfect film for anyone who likes their headbutting and kickboxing dressed up in gold brocade, frilly collars, and tri-cornered caps. And isn't that all of us?
  • 58
    Sean Axmaker Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    At 140 minutes, the film becomes a humorless, long-winded spectacle.
  • 50
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun
    It's mindless, which is rarely true of French cinema, dull, which is rarely true of Hong Kong films, and portentous, which shouldn't be true of any film about a man-eating dog.
  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald
    Lacks the one element that the filmmakers were most desperately aiming for: A genuine sense of fun.
  • 30
    Peter Rainer New York Magazine (Vulture)
    An exuberantly garish French movie.
  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal
    If only Brotherhood of the Wolf had the wit and grace to match its exceptional physical beauty.