Once again, Beckinsale brings an impressive physicality and subzero cool to her portrayal of Selene.
—Joe Leydon Variety
...a brisk creature-feature that ditches the series' dreary mythology in favor of a more direct, action-oriented approach.
—Glenn Whipp Los Angeles Times
Why are they fighting again? Never you mind. Just sit tight till the next action sequence (it won't be long), and get ready to laugh - with equal parts scorn and fanboy joy - as Beckinsale strikes another Rodinesque pose under a slo-mo shower of inhuman innards.
—Adam Markovitz Entertainment Weekly
The entire production is single-mindedly, earnestly devoted to serving up feats of BADASS, and it succeeds in this devotion to the exclusion of everything else. Allegedly in 3-D, though I didn't notice at the time.
—Nick Pinkerton Village Voice
Fans will be pleased, although if you've never seen an Underworld film there's probably no reason to start now.
—Peter Paras E!
The combat quotient, to the movie's credit, is way up, with narrative folderol kept to a minimum.
—Andy Webster New York Times
...strictly for the converted.
—Frank Sheck Hollywood Reporter
Kate Beckinsale is back...and ready to cash her paycheck.
—Bill Gibron filmcritic.com
The only thing that manages to outpace Underworld: Awakening's ineptitude is its utter soullessness.
—Rob Humanick Slant Magazine
Watching the film is strangely like looking at the same three still frames of supernatural battles over and over for 90 minutes.
—Tasha Robinson Onion AV Club