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The Little Vampire (2000)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 66
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 30

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


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 11

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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Nine-year-old Tony (Jerry Maguire's Jonathan Lipnicki) has just moved with his parents (Tommy Hinkley and Pamela Gidley) to a small town in the Scottish Highlands, where his father is overseeing the building of a golf course for old squire Lord McAshton (John Wood). Tony is picked on by his new classmates and starts dreaming about vampires at night, until one fine evening his dreams seem to summon Rudolph (Rollo Weeks), an aristocratic, wee vampire. Rudolph is among the vegetarian variety of

Mar 6, 2001


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All Critics (68) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (30) | DVD (8)

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.

October 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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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.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The film reminds us that Harry Potter isn't the whole story in children's literature, reversing the usual vampire movie cliches and advancing a few morals about tolerating differences.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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For adults, the film will drag in spots, but it's filled with all those values you hope to instill in your children.

January 1, 2000
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It offers imagination and humor and a touch of goose bumps.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A nightmare of blandness.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Dark movie may frighten some kids.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

July 24, 2006 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

It's an occupational hazard that you actually have to try to think about movies like this, which just get weirder and weirder the more you consider them.

January 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Lipnicki has learned how to make cute faces, but his delivery is formulaic and without emotion.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Evocative of Tim Burton's work, the Scottish locations appear as a kind of ghoulish theme park full of ancient stately homes and mouldering, curse-ridden crypts.

December 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Excellent stuff -- it won't just be kids that love this film!

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

A sprightly romp, funny, full of life lessons, and scary.

March 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

A surprisingly enjoyable kid's movie.

December 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The characters are engaging and so is the story.

January 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

A truly awful film that will frighten little children and drive parents mad with boredom.

January 1, 2000
Planet Sick-Boy

The monsters in The Little Vampire are considerably toned down from the frightening undead of the Dracula myth. Now they're just the thing to entertain grade-school trick-or-treaters.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Several children in the audience at the screening I attended were visibly upset.

January 1, 2000
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

This chomper is too kid-comedy-ish to cater to adults and a tad too scary for the little ones.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

An unimaginative, low-budget feature that you would expect to be released as a direct-to-TV movie on a kids' cable network.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Not to put a stake through the heart of The Little Vampire, but if little Lipnicki had more acting talent to go with his adorability, it might be a better movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Nigel Clarke and Michael Csányi-Wills' turgid score complements Edel's squatty direction, and Lipnicki overwhelms the other cast members with his nauseating cutesiness.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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!
January 27, 2010
KJ Proulx

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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.
November 21, 2009

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It was really funny, and charming, pretty scary for kids. it was a light, enjoyable romp..but didnt offer much more tha that for any others.
June 14, 2010

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