The Little Vampire (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Little Vampire (2000)



Critic Consensus: The Little Vampire can't seem to find the right pitch, with its muddled, jumpy script and badly executed mix of cuteness and fright.

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It is not easy being a 9 year old in a new country. Tony has just moved with his parents, Dottie and Bob Thompson, from a big bustling city in America to a small village in a remote corner of Scotland. Every night, in his new home, Tony has nightmares about vampires, and he has no idea why. He soon becomes so absorbed by them that he starts studying every book he can find on the subject. His classmates tease him about his vampire obsession, especially the cruel local kids, Nigel and Flint, nephews of local squire, and Bob's employer, Lord McAshton. The teacher at his new school is so shocked he tells Tony's Mom about how worried he is; not a good start for the new kid in town. One evening, while in his room, practicing basic vampire moves, Tony gets a visit from a large bat, which transforms before his eyes into a 9 year old vampire boy, Rudolph, who happens to be extremely hungry, and convinced that Tony is one of his kind. Realizing that Tony is not a vampire, Rudolph tries to fly away again, but having no strength he just plummets straight to the ground outside Tony's window. Rookery the vampire hunter in his vampire hunting truck is in hot pursuit, and Tony, intrigued by the real life vampire he has met, protects Rudolph and, at his request, leads him to the local farm, where Rudolph drinks the blood of a cow. What later ensues is an adventurous caper during which Tony helps Rudolph find the mysterious missing half of the amulet that can help Rudolph and his family finally realize their dream - to become human again!more
Rating: PG (for some mild peril)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Nicholas Waller, Karey Kirkpatrick, Larry Wilson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2001
Box Office: $13.4M
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Jonathan Lipnicki
as Tony Thompson
Jim Carter
as Rookery
Tommy Hinkley
as Bob Thompson
Pam Gidley
as Dottie Thompson
John Wood
as Lord McAshton
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Critic Reviews for The Little Vampire

All Critics (68) | Top Critics (22)

Vampire cows provide comic relief and many of the scares in this respectfully dark yet optimistic story about a lonely child who befriends a vampire.

Full Review… | October 21, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Much of the film's success is down to the costume design, the novel SFX and the mildly foreboding atmosphere of the mist enshrouded Scottish countryside.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Some things just don't translate ... not with Lipnicki attached, at any rate. Stick with the books.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

If you're expecting Haagen Dazs, prepare for ice milk instead. It's not a horrible film, but it's not a good one, either.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Dark movie may frighten some kids.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

The Little Vampire is hardly a children's classic, and it will doubtlessly be more at home after it hits the video shelves.

Full Review… | July 24, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Little Vampire


It was one of my favourite movies when I was about 7 years old! Now it's still pretty good, but definately worth watching!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


The costumes are gorgeous, and in a way it is pleasingly different to see a film where humans are more likely to be harmed by the vampire hunter than the vampires themselves. However, even for a children's film the dialogue is pretty awful, and the acting is just about bearable (the child actors tend to stretch this the most, but they are children after all, so I suppose we should forgive them).
Overall, it's a children's film which an adult will likely be able to tolerate watching with them. Whether or not the adult will actually like it depends on the adult.

Kylie B

Super Reviewer

Kinda cute.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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