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Shadow of the Vampire Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

shines forth as a labor of love

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: B

May 24, 2013
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Vampire satire has some creepy moments.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 28, 2010
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

This strictly-for-the-cinéastes fantasy is wild, warped fun.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

February 15, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

This is a dark, gothic, and creepy film with excellent performances from John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Lucius Gore
ESplatter

... [I]f you like your horror thoughtful and provoking, this is your movie.

Full Review Source: ESplatter | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 25, 2008

An imaginatively twisted lesson in film history and a glorious gothic comedy-drama.

Full Review Source: Film4

September 25, 2007
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Wholly absorbing and inspired in parts, this carefully crafted curio dares to suggest that Murnau made a Faustian pact with an actual vampire to play the title role in exchange for the neck of the film's leading lady at production's end.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 25, 2007
Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com

Through layers of makeup depicting the rat-faced, undead Schreck, a vampire who turns not into a bat but, worse, a demanding prima donna, Dafoe doesn't go over the top, though he does plant his flag at the summit.

Full Review Source: DVDJournal.com

April 5, 2006
John Venable
Supercala.com

Incredibly entertaining even without knowledge of Nosferatu.

Full Review Source: Supercala.com | Original Score: 8/10

December 31, 2005
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

In this cookie cutter movie world, it's nice to see the occasional move that doesn't quite fit into a specific genre or can't easily be classified.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 3/4

September 30, 2005
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

What might have occurred during the filming of Nosferatu leaves one amused but confused about how much of Shadow is a spoof and how much is based in truth.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 3/4

June 25, 2004

interesting and very good

Full Review Source: sbs.is | Original Score: 4/4

January 7, 2004
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

Unusual and delightful.

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: A-

May 22, 2003
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

A sinister delight for the black at heart.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

May 14, 2003
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Guarantees that you'll never watch the source material in the same way again.

Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) | Original Score: 3/5

April 16, 2003
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

Horror is as old as movie pictures, but this film shows it still holds dark depths to explore.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 7, 2003
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

An entertaining but hollow venture, all bark but no bite.

Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks | Original Score: B-

January 10, 2003
Christopher Varney
Film Threat

Impresses on most every conceivable level: as a pure film, as wild, speculative storytelling, and, like Murnau's own Nosferatu, a benchmark ranking among the most ingenious vampire movies ever crafted.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 8, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

There's enough fun in this to make it worth seeing, and Dafoe's performance is a must-see.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 21, 2002
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

If you're into seeing different smaller movies with great acting, again, run to see this.

Full Review Source: Blunt Review | Original Score: 4/4

October 18, 2002
Michael Koller
Senses of Cinema
May 30, 2001
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