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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

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Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 5

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
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The idea of fusing teen sex-comedy and horror genres into a boffo box-office bonanza seems like classic braindead Hollywood-think... but somehow, beyond all reason, the makers of this film manage to pull it off. Much of the credit goes to director Fran Rubel Kuzui (Tokyo Pop) who chooses wisely to let the jokes and action rip by so quickly that viewers won't have time to realize there's practically nothing going on. Also excellent is Kristy Swanson as the bubble-headed cheerleader who learns

PG-13,

Action & Adventure, Horror, Comedy

Joss Whedon

Sep 4, 2001

20th Century Fox

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (24) | DVD (19)

Joss Whedon's script has some fun with Valley talk (both genuine and ersatz) but strains to sell the story.

October 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A bloodless comic resurrection of the undead that goes serious just when it should get wild and woolly.

October 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Unfocused stuff, pitched at undemanding teenagers.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A slight, good-humored film that's a lot more painless than might have been expected.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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As a friend tells Buffy while she eyes a fashion purchase, 'It's so five minutes ago.'

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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The jokes are pretty good, the premise is just off-the-wall enough to keep you tittering.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Production values are low and everything looks cheap, but the film punches above its weight and has a lot of heart.

August 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Buffy isn't funny or scary, it's just mediocre, slowly losing interest in itself as Kuzui runs out of imagination.

July 30, 2012 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

Enjoyable, but now basically a footnote to the TV series.

October 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Quite why Perry, as romantic interest, is still trying to convince peopel he is of high school age remains a mystery.

October 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

This pallid crossbreeding of vampire horror with Valley Girl vamping has no surprises.

October 15, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A sometimes entertaining mess. (The TV series is, shockingly, a whole lot better.)

April 17, 2005 | Comments (2)
eFilmCritic.com

Grease in the 80s... with Vampires. Ugh.

November 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Comments (2)
Flick Filosopher

From this whole thing, who comes out the best? Paul Reubens! Who knew?

June 2, 2004
Needcoffee.com

My favorite TV show is Buffy, I still can't believe it came from this horrible movie.

November 19, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Not bad but pales to the terrific TV show.

April 13, 2003
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

Buffy the Vampire Slayer has a promising title and some good ideas, but fails to deliver the goods.

March 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

I know I stand alone on this, but Kristy Swanson is the one true Buffy.

January 10, 2003 | Comment (1)
Flipside Movie Emporium

Amusing trifle, notable chiefly for Paul Reubens' performance.

December 11, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Barely watchable.

February 28, 2002 Full Review
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A film that bears the earmarks of having been made from the first draft of a script, then edited by someone who was not interested in the material.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Have upped my original rating a star. This was actually a bad movie, but it is so kitschy and 90's I found I really quite enjoyed seeing it again.
It is, of course, a silly little movie and best treated as nothing to do with the excellent tv series. Good fun, though.
July 22, 2012
romy861

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an average horror comedy that is purely designed to be fun and entertaining. Though flawed, and not perfect, the film manages to be quite amusing. However the film is no where close to the TV series, which was darker, better executed and acted. Not saying that this film is bad, but this film has a lot of room for improvement. There are plenty of comedic moments here and there, and the cast are good, but not great. As far as a horror comedy is concerned, Buffy the Vampire Slayer works well enough to entertain, but leaves a lot to be desired. The film is lots of fun, and manages to be effective at being a good vampire flick; however the film is not as memorable as say, The Lost Boys or Fright Night. For what it is, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a cool, little gem of a film, with nothing that's ever spectacular. But I will say this; this is definitely not a bad film. The film can easily be seen as a guilty pleasure, as it's not perfect, but it does manage to be amusing. I thought that Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a good film, nothing exceptionally great. In the end, this is a silly horror comedy that is fun, despite the fact that it's never anything remarkable. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an entertaining but flawed film, and it's not as bad as everyone says it is. If you enjoy a mindless vampire comedy, this is a film to check out.
October 9, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Now a very stereotypical vampire film with all the cliches and predictable stuff you can imagine which now is really quite lame to watch even if you look past the cute retro appeal.

The effects and makeup are very basic much like the acting but at the end of the day this was a film for teenage girls to swoon over Luke Perry hehe Teenage boys had Swanson whilst an air of class was attemped with the inclusion of Hauer and Sutherland, Hauer looking your typical classic Dracula in tucks, flowing cape with slick back hair and Sutherland your typical Sherlock Holmes clothed Van Helsing type.

If you look closer there is actually quite a strong cast in there, at the time of course they were all unknowns. Its all silly childish stuff as it was meant to be but very dated now and pretty crappy.
July 21, 2011
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

One of my favourite teen movies of the 90s! This movie was better than the show for me, it's fun, humorous, exciting, and over the top. Plus, it's got Donald Sutherland, Paul Reubens, and David Arquette together in a movie! This movie helps when I'm feeling blue. It's not a serious or scary vampire movie, it's just entertaining and I highly recommend it.
May 1, 2011
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