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Immortality (The Wisdom of Crocodiles) (2000)

Immortality (The Wisdom of Crocodiles)


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: Stylish, but emotionally uninvolving.

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: Stylish, but emotionally uninvolving.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 4,036


Movie Info

In this cold tale of terror, a medical researcher's quest for the perfect love is hindered by his need for human blood. Darkly handsome Steven Griscz (Jude Law) is first seen at the scene of a terrible auto accident in which his latest lover has died. Shortly thereafter, the Bulgarian theoretician rescues a woman on the brink of committing suicide on the subway tracks. Her name is Maria (Kerry Fox) and ironically, though he brings her home for love and comfort, he is unable to control his … More

R (for strong violence and gore, language and sexuality)
Drama , Horror , Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Paul Hoffman
In Theaters:
Mar 13, 2001
Miramax Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Immortality (The Wisdom of Crocodiles)

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (10) | DVD (7)

A philosophical thriller that's no less intriguing for being murkily theological and ceaselessly artsy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The Wisdom of Crocodiles benefits from handsome production design (Andy Harris) and photography (Oliver Curtis).

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Inoffensively glib and innocuously arty.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

Raises the most profound issues about the difference between humans and animals, good and evil, truth and lies.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic enigmatic and mysterious that by the time the movie's over, you still aren't entirely sure what just happened.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

A chic modern vampire tale.

Full Review… | October 2, 2001
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Not much actually happens.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This pompous and dispassionate piece of vampire business leaves you longing for the ominous mists of Transylvania and midnight.

January 1, 2000
New Times

This film is probably really only best for fans of vampire films or stylish British erotic thrillers.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies

Any subtlety is lost in the broader superficiality of a work which fails to engage on an emotional level.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Empire Magazine

The plot is quite silly.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
E! Online

Wisdom of Crocodiles is a thought-provoking, memorable film that develops into a psychological shell game that leaves the viewer as breathless as the heroine.

January 1, 2000

Director Po Chih Leong and cinematographer Oliver Curtis certainly know how to provide visual splendor for this film without much of a pulse.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Immortality (The Wisdom of Crocodiles)


Not bad. I was able to put my immense dislike of Jude Law on hold long enough to watch this, (mainly as I was interested to see Elina Lowensohn in something other than Nadja or the Hal Hartley movies).
This movie seems a little on the long side, even though it actually isn't, and an interesting spin on vampires is stretched a little thin, but on the whole, I didn't mind it.
Elina, as always, adds a quirky presence to this. She is definitely an underrated actress. Jude Law is pretty good too, and I don't generally say that, have not really liked him in anything since Gattaca.
Fans of the genre might enjoy this, although it is not especially violent and isn't a great deal of sex in it, which is unusual for a movie of this type. It is more of an arthouse take.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Very bizarre and very cheap looking. It's a straight-to-video in every way, but it's really interesting for some reason. It's essentially Jude law running around seducing girls and being a vampire. I just honestly have no idea what was going on here with the plot, it seemed like they were trying to update Dracula but I can't be sure.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


Jude Law as a vampire. Dammit, they know my weakness! This is a really seductive film, and the premise is fascinating. Although it takes a bit of a wrong turn near the end, it redeems itself at the last moment. It's hard to say what it is about this movie that's so compelling. It just is.

Emily Armstrong

Super Reviewer


This was actually a bit of a surprise. I was expecting absolute crap, and got an actually half decent film. The acting was good, especially Jude, and the story was at least different from most films.

Ashton R.

Super Reviewer

Immortality (The Wisdom of Crocodiles) Quotes

Steven Grlscz:
Everything hidden is theft.
– Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
Steven Grlscz:
Difficult, isn't it, doing the right thing?
– Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
Steven Grlscz:
I'm doing research on how extreme emotional staes can cause the body to form crystals.
– Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
Anna Levels:
I don't judge a book by its cover, I never look before I leap, I know that some things are better left unsaid, and that worrying is the devil's favorite pastime.
– Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
Detective Roche:
It ought to be against the law not to have and vowels in your name.
– Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)
Anna Levels:
I like a man with a bit of mystery about him.
– Submitted by Frances H (20 months ago)

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