• R, 1 hr. 41 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Michael Rymer
    In Theaters:
    Feb 22, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 27, 2002
  • Warner Bros. Pictures

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Queen of the Damned Reviews

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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Michael Rymer stages high-tech sequences combining gore, romance, and gothy music, and he has enough conviction to make what could have been very silly strangely provocative.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 20, 2009
Scott Foundas
Variety
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It isn't great entertainment or camp, but pic sets its ambitions so low, it can't help partially delivering on them.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 15, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The film is vampire roadkill.

| Original Score: 1/4

August 14, 2007

Time Out
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Rice's complex, sprawling novel is rendered virtually incomprehensible by a combination of lacklustre direction, risible dialogue and shoddy effects.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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Screenwriters Scott Abbott and Michael Petroni have turned Rice's complex Akasha into a cartoon monster.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 21, 2003
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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Queen of the Damned leaves us puzzled as to why the term 'damned' applies at all, when vampirism is depicted as so cool, fashion-savvy and glamorous.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

July 20, 2002
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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The performances are so leaden, Michael Rymer's direction is so bloodless and the dialogue is so corny that the audience laughs out loud.

March 13, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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... too gory to be a comedy and too silly to be an effective horror film.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

March 4, 2002
Jane Dark
Village Voice
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Aaliyah fans, as well as fans of charisma, sex, and violence, will be sorely disappointed.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 26, 2002
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Rymer doesn't trust laughs -- and doesn't conjure proper respect for followers of the whole dead-undead genre, who deserve more from a vampire pic than a few shrieky special effects.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

February 26, 2002
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Devoid of even MTV-caliber originality.

| Original Score: 1/5

February 22, 2002
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Plays out rather drearily.

| Original Score: 1/5

February 22, 2002
Mike Clark
USA Today
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[S]o dull that you may be tempted to slip the projectionist 50 bucks to turn on the house lights and see what happens to the vampire cast.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

February 22, 2002
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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[A] boldly stroked, luridly coloured, uni-dimensional nonsense machine that strokes the eyeballs while it evaporates like so much crypt mist in the brain.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

February 22, 2002
Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times
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For any of those die-hards still shunning daylight while anxiously awaiting the release of Queen of the Damned, I have two words for you: sunblock, matinee. Or, try this pair: dollar theater.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 22, 2002
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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Directed by Australian filmmaker Michael Rymer, who showed promise in the low-key Angel Baby, Queen of the Damned is self-serious, pointless and silly.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

February 22, 2002
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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At its best, Queen is campy fun like the Vincent Price horror classics of the '60s. At its worst, it implodes in a series of very bad special effects.

| Original Score: 2/4

February 22, 2002
John Anderson
Newsday
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Queen of the Damned wouldn't be so bad if it weren't so boring.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

February 22, 2002
Charles Savage
Miami Herald
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Aaliyah rarely dampens her diva persona enough to spark genuine chemistry with Townsend. When she speaks, her creepy Egyptian demigod voice is as computer processed and overproduced as it was in her music.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

February 22, 2002
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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... the kind of mess that never should have made it to theaters.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 22, 2002
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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When Queen of the Damned knows it's ridiculous, it's moderately entertaining fun; when it tries to be serious, it's truly ridiculous.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

February 22, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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There's a bit of thematic meat on the bones of Queen of the Damned, as its origins in an Anne Rice novel dictate, but generally, it's a movie that emphasizes style over character and substance.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 2/4

February 22, 2002
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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... a visually seductive, unrepentantly trashy take on Rice's second installment of her Vampire Chronicles.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

February 22, 2002
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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None of it makes the least bit of sense, and it's all utterly ridiculous.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

February 22, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

February 22, 2002
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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Queen of the Damned degenerates into a lot of dull declaiming and attitudinizing, despite a sly tongue -in-cheek quality brought by a preening Stuart Townsend to the Lestat role he inherited from the utterly humorless Tom Cruise.

| Original Score: 2/4

February 22, 2002
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Undemanding cheesy fun.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

February 22, 2002
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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If legendary shlockmeister Ed Wood had ever made a movie about a vampire, it probably would look a lot like this alarming production, adapted from Anne Rice's novel The Vampire Chronicles.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 1/4

February 21, 2002
Damien Cave
Salon.com
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The late R&B star Aaliyah haunts an Anne Rice adaptation that feels like a vampire's life: It goes on forever.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

February 21, 2002
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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... the movie is just a plain old monster.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

February 21, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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A muddled limp biscuit of a movie, a vampire soap opera that doesn't make much sense even on its own terms.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 0.5/5

February 21, 2002
Al Brumley
Dallas Morning News
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... a gloppy miasma of goo, blood and annoying sound effects.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: D+

February 21, 2002
Larry Aydlette
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Avoid this heavy metal hell at all costs.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: D-

February 21, 2002
David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter
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Directed with goth pizzazz and brains by Michael Rymer.

February 12, 2002
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