* BrokenBase
** Some fans were rolling their eyes at the prospect of another Wolverine film, while others were more optimistic due to its change in director.
** The decision to [[spoiler: bring back Wolverine's bone claws but still have an adamantium body]] has split fans in two.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: [[BadassAdorable Yu]][[TheLadette kio]] has acquired some remarkable popularity amongst the fanbase and movie audiences.
* FetishRetardant: Viper attempts to be a MsFanservice, but fails. This was due to a bad wardrobe choice, among other things.
* FridgeLogic: Throughout the film, we are shown that Logan is severely wounded by cuts, gunshots, etc. Yet he can retract his claws without any problems coming from the cuts caused when the claws extend from his knuckles.
* MoralEventHorizon: If Mariko's comments are anything to go by, [[spoiler:Yashida crosses it by faking his death and working with Viper to further the plot of the film through such means as sending Yakuza goons to kidnap Mariko and forcefully removing Logan's Wolverine powers (at one point, he even goes so far as to cause chaos at his own funeral!)]].
* {{Narm}} / NarmCharm: Probably severe YMMV here, but... [[SpecialEffectsFailure the freaking bear.]]
** Logan jumping over the guy on the bullet train, whilst ''screaming''. Try not to laugh.
** During the climax, Viper chases after Wolverine and Mariko, and hisses as she does so. Both her run and the hiss look and sound ridiculous.
* TheScrappy: Viper, with any semblance of being a MagnificentBitch taken by [[spoiler:Yashida himself]], leaving her an enormously bitchy SmugSnake with FetishRetardant. Didn't help her case when Viper's characterization here gives her snake powers (she didn't have any, as she is originally "Evil Black Widow") and her actress was terrible in the part.
* SpecialEffectsFailure
** It's quite obvious that the train action scene is filmed in front of a green screen.
** The Silver Samurai suit doesn't look as convincing as it should be considering how well rendered armored battle suits in movies like ''Film/IronMan'' are nowadays.
** While the digital bear at the beginning of the film is somewhat hokey, the practical-effects created bear that appears shortly afterward just screams animatronic.
* StrangledByTheRedString: Logan constantly dreams about Jean Grey and wishes to be with her again yet he shares a few intimate moments with Mariko, who already engaged to another man at the time and only knew him for a few days. The film noir setting could justify this relationship as a form of comfort for Logan.
** It's worth noting that Wolverine also only knew Jean Grey for a few days (the first X-Men film takes place over maybe two days, then Wolverine goes to Canada to look around the Alkali Lake facility; in X2 he sees Jean at the mansion for a couple minutes, and then meets up with her again the evening before the big battle; then they see each other on a couple occasions in X3 when she's the Phoenix) and that one's played as a romance for the ages.
** Also, his last hallucination of her has Jean say that she's "all alone", implying that he really must think highly of himself in regards to Jean, since, you know, she actually chose Cyclops over him, something he outright states in X2.
** Especially since Wolverine's feelings for Jean are portrayed as little more than infatuation at best and an obsessive, childish crush at worst in the source material and pretty much all other adaptations.
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: Initial reviews seem to be placing it as one to ''X-Men Origins: Wolverine''. It can also be considered one to ''X-Men: The Last Stand'', since ''The Wolverine'' takes place after [[spoiler:Logan was forced to kill Jean Grey]], but it's more contentious to say so as it's not ''really'' an X-Men film and ''X-Men: First Class'' was also well received.
* UncannyValley: [[http://cdn-media.hollywood.com/images/638x425/1792858.jpg Yukio]]
* UnfortunateImplications: Logan and Mariko relationship as a whole. MightyWhitey aside, there are still several problems.
** Since Ichiro can be considers Logan's 'forgotten friend' at some certain extant. It's not hard to see Logan as ParentalSubstitute for Mariko during the first part of film. Depend on your value with MayflyDecemberRomance this can be rather sweet or Squick. The scene that Mariko relate Logan to childhood bedtime story after they slept together also did not help.
** The unnecessary inclusion of Viper into the story, aside from [[DesignatedGirlFight giving Yukio someone to fight]], is likely an attempt to shoehorn in another Caucasian character.