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 (93) | Top Critics (30)

For a while, anyway, this vampire picture flies.

Full Review… | July 15, 2015
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Has the comic-book movie reached the end of the line? The glumly familiar, been-there-done-that aspect of Blade certainly suggests so.

Full Review… | July 15, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Blade is often ridiculous, mostly poorly written and, surprisingly poorly acted too.

Full Review… | July 15, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

What is unusual about the film is the way it combines high-tech violence with the more up-close-and-personal violence of vampires. These characters and the aggressive way they attack each other justify all the film's considerable noise.

Full Review… | July 15, 2015
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Such techno-action may give Blade enough power for a sequel, but one is left wondering whether there's any room for its central character to sustain interest beyond this flashy debut.

Full Review… | July 15, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Creative cinematography and non-stop, decently choreographed gratuitous violence make watching this comic-book movie entertaining. In fact, it's arguably the best comic-book movie of the year.

Full Review… | July 15, 2015
AV Club
Top Critic

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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