Byzantium Reviews

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve
July 11, 2013
Byzantium offers a twist or two on the traditional vampire mythology ... but otherwise [its] gothic atmosphere and air of tragedy feel awfully familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
July 11, 2013
A vampire-hybrid movie: moody and compelling with terrific performances from Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Eric D. Snider
About.com
July 10, 2013
The film doesn't offer the terror of some vampire stories or the swooning romance of others, but does provide a supernaturally tinged vampire tale for grown-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
July 8, 2013
It has a great mythical feel and is loaded with beautiful, haunting imagery. If you like "good" vampire movies, then you won't want to miss this
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
July 7, 2013
While Byzantium brings a dark sexiness back to the vampire genre, a stale story sucks out what life Neil Jordan is able to create while adapting Buffini's script.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 5, 2013
Neil Jordan's sensitive and very slow exploration of vampire angst. That the film also seems intended as some kind of vampire feminist statement makes it a rare combination of mildly boring and mildly hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 5, 2013
There are far too many plot points and story threads that span centuries and bring in many characters.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 5, 2013
Instead of interviewing disparate vampires, here Jordan's giving us mother/daughter memoirs covering two hundred years...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 4, 2013
The story drags a bit, bouncing back and forth in time in a manner that is sometimes useful, sometimes not. Overall, though, it's an intriguing addition to the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 4, 2013
I can't wait to see it again, to see what else I can see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 4, 2013
It's a pleasure to see a vampire movie that aspires to something artful, and that explores the misery that comes with living - forever - on blood, and in the shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steven Boone
RogerEbert.com
July 3, 2013
[An] exquisite, lovely film, in which contemporary characters struggle to suspend their disbelief in vampire lore while Jordan's eye for formal beauty and truthful performances suspends ours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 1, 2013
The film slows and slumps as it ventures into a historical backstory, complete with a mysterious brotherhood, an ancient map, and Sam Riley in a wig worse than death.
Robert Levin
amNewYork
June 30, 2013
This is a stale vampire soap opera that goes over-the-top early and stays there, with waterfalls literally running red with blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
June 28, 2013
Director Neil Jordan's films have a moody, patient, quiet quality... BYZANTIUM works because of this style, and although it doesn't exactly reinvent the genre, it least offers a fresh, reflective take.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cammila Collar
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 28, 2013
The irony is that while the story being told to the teachers is meant to be literal, the story being told to us is indeed an adroit metaphor -- and one about a woman's coming of age, no less.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
June 28, 2013
Lines like "The pearl stays pure while the oyster's flesh rots around it" or "Would you like to kiss me? In celebration of my wickedness?" confound any efforts to make them sound less than ridiculous.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Movies With Butter
June 28, 2013
Byzantium might voice a quiet "serves you right" to a world power that shows scars where lands have been cut away. Or perhaps Vampire and Empire are words too rhyme-y not to compare.
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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
June 28, 2013
Mother/daughter conflict runs deeper - and much, much longer - than usual in this gorgeous, brooding, fascinatingly female-centric vampire saga, which also gushes waterfalls of blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
June 28, 2013
The revamped vampire mythology put forth in Byzantium is much more fascinating than the actual story the movie sets out to tell.
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