Dracula: Pages From a Virgin's Diary Reviews

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Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
September 23, 2005
| Original Score: 0/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 6, 2003
Maddin follows the time-tested PBS route, giving the dancers a stage instead of a film set and using cornball dissolves and fog machines.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kenneth LaFave
Arizona Republic
October 9, 2003
A diversion that only makes you wish you could have seen Royal Winnipeg's original ballet.
| Original Score: 2/5
Beth Wood
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 8, 2003
A misguided attempt to make an arty silent film.
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
July 4, 2003
An appreciation for ballet certainly will help in appreciating `Virgin's Diary.' A soft spot for the likes of `Blade' decidedly won't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Barrett Hooper
National Post
May 30, 2003
As lifeless as a Masterpiece Theatre broadcast, broken up by pirouettes and pliés instead of Alistair Cooke's droning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 14, 2003
Maddin chops it up into a feature-length antique-bloodsucker video, and the result takes hold neither as dance nor as silent horror dream.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Greg Muskewitz
eFilmCritic.com
December 31, 2003
Relying on the stage performance alone, there is little interesting about watching Dracula, Lucy, or Nina, pirouetting and prancing within their milieu.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 7, 2004
Just when you think that holly stakes, garlic, crucifixes and capes are all there is to vampire stories, Maddin and the Royal Winnipeg put Dracula back on his toes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 4, 2003
The film is poetic and erotic, creepy and melodramatic, overwrought and sometimes mocking, as if F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu (1922) had a long-lost musical version.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
May 13, 2003
A fascinating hybrid -- and another delirious chapter in the Canadian maverick's still-evolving career.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
July 8, 2003
It's sexy, brainy and slightly nuts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 16, 2003
Maddin's work testifies to the notion that the past knows more than the present and that silent cinema is a richer, dreamier, sexier, and more resonant medium than what we're accustomed to seeing in the multiplexes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
July 22, 2002
Maddin's Dracula will entrance you with its first few flickering frames and then hold you there spellbound until its climatic dance of death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 3, 2002
Fantastic -- strange and bold and unlike anything you've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 25, 2003
a nightmare concocted of dreamy imagery
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 10, 2003
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Maddin have combined their creativity in a package that will entertain those who love movement and those who can't get enough of the Stoker legend.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
June 4, 2004
Marries B&W silent horror-movie style with beautifully eerie ballet in a succulently cinematic, lustfully melodramatic adaptation that is at once wholly unique and uncommonly faithful to Bram Stoker's classic novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
December 21, 2010
... the most startlingly original and creative reading of the novel ever put to film.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
May 13, 2003
Overtly erotic, willfully archaic, often inspired, uncannily affecting, and beautifully convulsive.
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