Blade (1998)



Critic Consensus: Though some may find the plot a bit lacking, Blade's action is fierce, plentiful, and appropriately stylish for a comic book adaptation.

Movie Info

British director Stephen Norrington helmed this David S. Goyer adaptation of the Marvel Comics character created in 1973 by scripter Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan. In the Tomb of Dracula comic book origin, just before Blade's mother gave birth to Blade, she was bitten by a vampire, which made Blade immune to vampires. Now a vampire hunter, Blade, joined by vampire detective Hannibal King and Dracula-descendent Frank Drake, stalks vampires. In the 1990s (in Marvel's Nightstalkers), Blade … More

Rating: R (for strong, pervasive vampire violence and gore, language, and brief sexuality)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: David S. Goyer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 22, 1998
New Line Cinema


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Critic Reviews for Blade

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (24)

Hopelessly dated before its release.

Full Review… | April 18, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Though slick and diverting in some aspects, increasingly silly pic has trouble meshing disparate elements -- horror, superhero fantasy, straight-up action -- into a workable whole.

Full Review… | April 18, 2007
Top Critic

An attempt to redefine cutting edge horror, this techno-vampire pic is spoiled by the same weak storytelling and flashy, computer game visuals.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There are lots of stunts, chase sequences and so much computer morphing that the effects house must have been offering it at discount.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Wesley Snipes has the chops to play Blade, and turns the character in to a vampire hunting John Shaft.

Full Review… | October 4, 2013
Cinema Crazed

Boring vampire blood bath isn't for kids.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Blade


A fun little comic book movie that is obviously a little dated today, but still a fun watch. Wesley Snipes makes a great Blade and makes him a pretty cool character. The mythology and backstories are the interesting part of the plot because the main storyline is pretty generic, but pushes the movie along at a decent pace. The special effects are the most dated aspects of the film, but they are also part of the goofy charm that is exuded throughout the film. Blade is very stylish and certainly paved the way for many future comic book adaptations and action movies. It's worth a watch for action aficionado's or anyone with an interest in early comic book adaptations, but everyone else might not get much out of it. I am firmly in the former.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

The script can be labeled as bland, but Blade is true to its comic-book origins and stylish. The film, with the help of Wesley Snipes, is bloody, action-packed and has no hesitation in delivery and impact. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


Despite Snipes' poor acting ability, it's an exciting vampire action film.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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