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Blade (1998)


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 85
Fresh: 47
Rotten: 38

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

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 17

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


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 497,484



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

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


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Critic Reviews for Blade

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (38) | DVD (25)

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

Lots of exploding heads and oceans of blood, moves fast and with no discernible meaning but looks good.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

Eventually, Blade loses its edge.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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

Allows Wesley Snipes to show off his athletic prowess, but the storytelling leaves quite a bit to be desired.

Full Review… | November 24, 2008

Achieves just the right combination of lore and fetishized action movie.

Full Review… | June 17, 2008

great fun

May 19, 2008

Ideal summer fare: quite enjoyable, and equally disposable.

Full Review… | October 14, 2007

A reasonably diverting videogame of a movie but not successful entertainment.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

You end up with a fast-paced, sci-fi, action hero, monster movie that screams, the makers hope, for a franchise.

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
Reeling Reviews

[It's] dopey and lifeless.

Full Review… | December 14, 2004

[An] enjoyable movie experience.

Full Review… | May 28, 2004

Embora as cenas de luta sejam intensas e o roteiro seja hábil ao trazer a história de Blade para as telas, os fracos efeitos especiais e a trama envolvendo o "deus sangue" comprometem um pouco o filme. Felizmente, a continuação se revelou bem melhor.

July 18, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Guesomely dark and just plain unappealing.

Full Review… | May 22, 2003
Film Blather

Dark and edgy comic book characters, punctuated by a hypnotic techno soundtrack and jaw-dropping action. Snipes was born to play the role. Dorff delivers a fantastic villain.

March 21, 2003

The acting is overblown, the special effects are impressive, and the violence is loud and often. Just like in a comic strip.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

Within the confines of its genre, it's a cut above the usual.

Full Review… | October 15, 2002
Cincinnati Enquirer

Oh man! This is so the best comic book adaptation ever!

Full Review… | September 10, 2002
Montreal Film Journal

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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Blade Quotes

Christ! I'm too old for this! Somebody get me a goddamn wheelchair!
– Submitted by Nick S (16 months ago)
Deacon Frost:
Nice catch!
– Submitted by Baurushan J (20 months ago)
Deacon Frost:
Your serum?
– Submitted by Baurushan J (20 months ago)
When you understand the nature of a know what it's capable of.
– Submitted by Dann M (2 years ago)
[to Frost] I promise you, you'll be dead by dawn.
– Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
Some motherfuckers are always trying to ice-skate uphill.
– Submitted by John P (3 years ago)

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