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Nadja (1995)

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50

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 4

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69

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 1,921

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This stylish combination of expressionistic horror and deadpan black comedy centers on the activities of a beautiful female vampire on the streets of New York City. Playing fast and loose with the Dracula legend, the film examines the legendary count's children, particularly the alluring and mysterious Nadja (Elina Lowensohn). At the film's beginning, Nadja is celebrating her father's demise and hoping to begin a new life. She hopes that this life will include Lucy (Galaxy Craze), a spunky young

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Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Michael Almereyda

Jul 25, 2000

October Films

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This offbeat horror item works much better as a dreamy mood piece with striking poetic images and as a semicomic appreciation of a few quintessential low-budget actors than as straight-ahead storytelling.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A lovely idea for a film that's been beautifully executed but slips too far off its narrative tracks to get where it wants to go.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Highly stylised b/w camerawork and Pixelvision, moody poeticism, and farcical genre parody merge to tantalising if not altogether coherent effect.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It is refreshing to see so much style and life in the old undead tale, and to watch this strong cast with its perfect deadpan attitudes.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Michael Almereyda's insanely brilliant fantasia on the Dracula legend.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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What could have been a brilliant short becomes deadly, stretched to feature length.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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This idiosyncratic take on the genre is as much concerned with ordinary family dynamics as the absurdity of its characters' demonic existence.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Not without interest, but less satisfying than even an average Hammer horror.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It may not make much sense, but it never looks less than fabulous.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Unfolding as a languid dream puzzle in Downtown Manhattan nether world, Michael Almereyda's blend of serious and frivolous ideas and mysterious and haunting images recalls David Lynch, who served as film's exec producer and also makes cameo appearance

September 16, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

If Nadja is to be considered an interesting failure, there's something to be said for the value and substance of broken treasures.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

Too bizarre to be taken seriously and not funny enough to be entertaining.

April 21, 2004 Full Review
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A lyrical parody of the vampire genre.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Clever and innovative take on vampire mythology in a contemporary tale set in New York City.

August 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

[Almereyda's] imagination seems more focused on composing striking shot compositions than in communicating pure and simple human emotions.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

While it is nice to see an occasional horror film making the art house circuit, this story of the undead just needs more life in the long middle section of the film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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The most compelling point here has to do with Lowensohn: She's sulky and sad, but her precision is also remarkably vibrant against her shades-of-grey backdrop.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper
Philadelphia City Paper

The film stumbles with hackneyed plotting, uneven performances and a deadly-dull centerpiece that goes on forever.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

[A] genuinely affecting comedy-horror film that updates the Dracula lineage to present-day New York City.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Nadja

One of the worst vampire movies I have ever come across. Its in my Suzy Amis Collection and the only reason I continued to watch it. Dracula gets hunted down and killed by the current Van Helsing. But Dracula's Daughter Nadja takes his place in the undead world. Nadja, coincidentally gets involved in a lesbian relationship with Lucy, wife to Jim Van Helsing. Its in B&W which takes away from the overall movie, after all it was filmed in 1994.I didn't get much out of this, maybe an Art house Movie, not sure, just didn't work for me at all. 1 Star
October 1, 2009
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I love this movie. Absolutely never get tired of it. The best vampire movie ever made. I love everything about it from the way it is filmed in grainy black and white, to the soundtrack, the performances, particularly Elina Lownsohn - perfect. I must have watched this about ten times now.
If you like Vampire movies, then you must see this.
September 27, 2009
romy861

Super Reviewer

the most poetic vampire film I have ever seen. Beautiful, emotional, raw, engaging, and vastly under-seen and under-rated.
February 22, 2008
Stinger839

Super Reviewer

I really thought I wouldn't like this, but I did. A very novel take on vampire movies - I especially liked the aged hippy Van Hellsing riding around on a scooter. However, the way it is shot probably puts people off. I'm okay with black and white films but to keep flicking from colour/highlights to black and white can be rather distracting.
April 27, 2007
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