Queen of the Damned Reviews

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Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Anne Rice goes heavy metal in Hollywood's latest installment of bloodsucker cinema.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 22, 2002
The movie doesn't reach the level of camp goofiness attained by films like The Mummy Returns and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, perhaps because the filmmakers labor under the impression that Anne Rice's works must be treated respectfully.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 22, 2002
... the kind of mess that never should have made it to theaters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
February 21, 2002
The only entertainment you'll derive from this choppy and sloppy affair will be from unintentional giggles -- several of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 4, 2002
... too gory to be a comedy and too silly to be an effective horror film.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 21, 2002
Anne Rice's novels use vampirism to tell a story about the preciousness and fragility of life, but there's no deeper meaning in this movie ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
June 13, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
February 21, 2002
... just a big mess of a movie, full of images and events, but no tension or surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
February 20, 2002
I didn't expect it to be a great movie, but how about down and dirty fun?
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 22, 2002
Plays out rather drearily.
| Original Score: 1/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
February 25, 2002
Wanker Goths are on the loose! Run for your lives!
Full Review | Original Score: D
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
March 2, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
February 27, 2002
What was probably impressive in the books looks overwrought on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 22, 2007
Whatever life there is to the movie is what [Aaliyah] brings to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
March 4, 2002
...doesn't necessary punch a stake through its heart as far as cohesive plotlines and decent character development are concerned. Slickly manufactured...the intrusive gory antics coupled with a ludicrous premise makes for a mawkish mixture of mediocrity
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Aaliyah is gorgeous, but that doesn't save the film's tedious pacing, and cheesy atmosphere in the end.
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
March 24, 2002
This adaptation of famous author, Anne Rice, is going to have her legions of fans up in arms and weilding wooden stakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
March 5, 2002
Queen of the Damned's target audiences are those younger moviegoers who attend raves and an appreciate the heavy metal and goth sensibilities. All others will probably find it alien terrain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
February 22, 2002
(Aaliyah) absolutely transcends the screen and fills the whole theater with her presence...she dominates this incongruous vampire flick with her chilling allure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 22, 2002
All the sensuality, all the eroticism of a good vampire tale has been, pardon the pun, sucked out and replaced by goth goofiness.
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
February 24, 2004
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