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Byzantium Reviews

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Jordan is no stranger to the yearnings of vampires. He directed Interview With the Vampire. But Byzantium is a kinder, gentler yet pretty durn bloody affair.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

July 12, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Go ahead, bite.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

July 12, 2013
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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A drama that feels both strenuously earnest and impossible to take seriously.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

July 12, 2013
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Byzantium has a few moves that might surprise you. They have nothing to do with blood, but everything to do with the heart.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 11, 2013
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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A confusing yet eye-pleasing tale that struggles to breathe new life into the well-worn mythology.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

July 11, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

July 5, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 4, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 4, 2013
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

July 1, 2013
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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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.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

June 28, 2013
Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 28, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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"Byzantium" dares to rework "Twilight" with twice the teen moping and Robert Pattinson replaced by a guy with the sexual magnetism of a sickly Ron Weasley.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

June 28, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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"Byzantium's" appeal is not so much its bite, which could use some refining, but the emotional journey its undead take. In Jordan's hands, the vampires are so very human.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 27, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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This feels tired as storytelling despite some evocative imagery and typically lush camerawork.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 27, 2013
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Again and again, as the story shifts between women, times and moods, Mr. Jordan adds a punctuating flourish ... that exquisitely illustrates the once-upon-a-time mood.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 27, 2013
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
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Unfortunately, the story never grabs hold as insistently as Jordan's tone and visual artistry.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 5.5/10

June 27, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Despite multiple graphic beheadings and literal waterfalls of blood, the film generates a shockingly small amount of horror.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

June 27, 2013
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Lyrical, full of visually enthralling fantasy sequences punctuated by moments of intense, bloody violence ...

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

June 27, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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"Byzantium" comes late to the vampire game hoping to restore a little decorum, but winds up looking decayed.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

June 27, 2013
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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Jordan, a master of mood, creates an unsettling atmosphere of small-town despair, and the film's sporadic spikes of violence ... are often inventive.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

June 27, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The best thing in the movie is Arterton's sultry, claw-baring turn, but mostly it's a rudderless riff on Let the Right One In.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

June 26, 2013
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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It's not perfect, but when it works, Byzantium towers above all of the romantic vampire slobber we've been getting lately.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 3/4

June 26, 2013
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Jordan's poetic sensibilities more than make up for any flaws.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

June 25, 2013
Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
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Byzantium, like all good vampire stories, is a romance, and Jordan opens himself up to its atmospheric lushness.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 25, 2013
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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A lethargic and uninspired take that aims to be something different, but ultimately isn't.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 24, 2013
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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Neil Jordan interviews a whole new set of vampires but draws precious little blood.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

June 24, 2013
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The movie is gorgeous, mesmerizing, poetic; the lyricism actually heightened by harsh jets of gore.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

June 17, 2013
Cath Clarke
Time Out
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What's really missing is the vampire's tragedy: that ache, the loss of feeling, the sense that in killing death, the essence of what it is to be human is destroyed.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

May 29, 2013
Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
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I simply have no more room in my life for ennui-besotted vampires.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: C+

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