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An American Werewolf in London

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United Kingdom, USA

1981

Rated R • 1h 37m

Director John Landis

Starring David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, John Woodvine

Genre Horror, Comedy

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Two American tourists in England are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

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80

Variety by

A clever mixture of comedy and horror which succeeds in being both funny and scary, An American Werewolf in London possesses an overriding eagerness to please that prevents it from becoming off-putting, and special effects freaks get more than their money's worth.
30

Chicago Reader by Dave Kehr

It's a failure, less because the odd stylistic mix doesn't take (it does from time to time, and to striking effect) than because Landis hasn't bothered to put his story into any kind of satisfying shape.
75

ReelViews by James Berardinelli

The transformation sequences on their own are disturbing enough to upset sensitive viewers (even though the first one doesn't occur until an hour into the 97 minute film, making the first two-thirds of the movie relatively tame, with the exception of a few appearances by Jack, who looks like a "walking meatloaf").
50

Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

Seems curiously unfinished, as if director John Landis spent all his energy on spectacular set pieces and then didn't want to bother with things like transitions, character development, or an ending.

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