Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Reviews

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
July 2, 2012
The violence quickly becomes numbing, and Benjamin Walker plays Lincoln without the sense of irony needed to keep the historical and supernatural sides of the story consistently entertaining.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 24, 2012
The movie plays safe by cutting every theme down the middle - a swing that's effective when splitting wood or vampire skulls, but dull when applied to filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
June 22, 2012
Of course it's ridiculous and tasteless and grotesque. It's ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VAMPIRE HUNTER.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ricardo Baca
Denver Post
June 22, 2012
The disconnect between intention and final product is a head scratcher.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
June 22, 2012
Bekmambetov doesn't expect us to take the premise seriously, exactly. But he doesn't seem to want us to laugh at it, either.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 22, 2012
Bekmambetov ... stages hilarious, imaginative, almost free-form action sequences like nobody in the business.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 22, 2012
A B movie treated like an A movie that mostly ends up being a zzzzzzzzzz movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
June 22, 2012
This film should be campy fun, but in Bekmambetov's unsteady hands, it feels laboured and unsatisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
June 22, 2012
The trouble with the so-called high-concept film is that too often the concept is the best thing about it and the actual movie essentially a series of rather rote, progressively more tiresome variations on its premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 22, 2012
Not just a letdown but an absolute disaster.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 22, 2012
What next, "George Washington Werewolf"? Laugh not, history profs.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 22, 2012
Don't let the stupid title dissuade you from seeing "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Let the stupid plot, the stupid history, the stupid action scenes, the stupid trivializing of slavery . . .
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 22, 2012
Both terribly silly and a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 21, 2012
Walker is a tall, lean guy with a big hat who can swing an ax. What else can be said?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
June 21, 2012
Despite its factual dismemberment of the movie's namesake, Hunter bristles as summer action fodder. Honest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 21, 2012
Here is the worst thing to happen to Abe Lincoln in a theater since he attended "Our American Cousin."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 21, 2012
Someone forgot to tell the filmmakers ... that the movie was supposed to be fun. Or at least smart.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 21, 2012
Given the subject matter, an exercise in delicacy and restraint was unlikely, but it's too bad that the film's concept is way more entertaining than what has ended up on-screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 21, 2012
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is such a smashing title it's too bad someone had to spoil things by making a movie to go with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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June 21, 2012
To say that it's an exercise in style over substance is perhaps an overstatement, in that it suggests there's any substance here at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 21, 2012
This insipid mashup of history lesson and monster flick takes itself semi-seriously, which is truly deadly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 21, 2012
The acrobatic repetition bores you breathless. Spare Benjamin Walker, who deserves to go on to better things. But the movie deserves a stake through the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 21, 2012
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is a blast, the best action movie of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
June 21, 2012
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a Civil War-era actioner of questionable taste and historical accuracy but surprisingly consistent entertainment value.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
June 21, 2012
It constitutes a moral sin, if not an outright moral crime, and commits a grave insult against history.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
June 21, 2012
The problem with movies based on a single joke is that a single joke is rarely funny enough to sustain the running time of a feature-length film. And with "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," the whole joke is in the title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 21, 2012
The concept of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is worthy of a good chuckle or two, but the execution proves that sometimes a clever title does not beget a production of equal value.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 21, 2012
It's a sin against entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 21, 2012
The historical epic and the monster movie run on parallel tracks, occasionally colliding but never forming a coherent whole.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 21, 2012
It sounds fun. It's a little fun. For a while. But Bekmanbetov shoots every killing spree like an addled gamer, working that slow-down-speed-up kill-shot cliche like a maniac.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 21, 2012
Enormous in its scope and colossal in its stupidity.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
June 21, 2012
Genre enthusiasts will lap up the mixture of action and fantasy, while history buffs who don't mind a bit of rewriting will dig into an alternative spin on the Civil War period.
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
June 21, 2012
Walker's face is soft, bland, unremarkable. His acting, likewise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
June 21, 2012
The filmmakers mistakenly think nothing is silly if it's done with a grim enough facial expression.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 21, 2012
A more entertaining movie than I remotely expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 20, 2012
What ideally might have been playful and knowing is instead uptight and dreary, with a visual scheme that's so fake and cartoony, it depletes the film of any sense of danger.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
June 20, 2012
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," which boasts one of the best film titles ever, just grazes its target.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
June 20, 2012
Possible resulting "fun" is only slightly mitigated by contemplation of the wearisome decadence of American popular culture.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
June 20, 2012
Essentially a lot of balls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5