Shadow of the Vampire Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2002
... the movie is strangely inert and depressingly literal-minded.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 7, 2001
It makes some good points, but ultimately just stops rather than ends.
| Original Score: C
Rob Gonsalves
September 23, 2007
At best, this is a dawdling, toothless riff on a vastly superior film. At worst, it's character assassination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 7, 2001
This stupid and demeaning fantasy about the shooting of F.W. Murnau's 1922 masterpiece Nosferatu is a piece of postmodernist kitsch whose only redeeming quality is an enjoyably over-the-top, eye-rolling performance by Willem Dafoe.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Shadow feels like a missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Intriguing, eccentric, sporadically entertaining tosh (but tosh all the same).
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 1, 2000
Not only does [Merhige] not provide any new insights with his vampiric filmmaking study, he gives us a one dimensional Murnau.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
It's way too disjointed to really say what the intent of the endeavor really was.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David N. Butterworth
January 1, 2000
The opening credits sequence is so long and puzzling -- it's not obvious what we're supposed to be looking at -- that it sets a bad tone for the rest of the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 25, 2003 incredibly uneven flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2002
A brilliant idea and two enjoyably over-the-top central performances, but an ultimately disappointing one-joke movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
February 7, 2001
I sympathized a bit too dearly with Schreck, who desires sustenance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
Murnau is probably spinning in his grave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Henne
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Frivolous portrait of director F.W. Murnau and the making of his vampire classic, Nosferatu.
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
December 19, 2000
The film never captures its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Dave Kehr
January 25, 2001
Clever, but executed with a disappointing lack of cinematic flair.
Top Critic
Ernest Hardy
January 25, 2001
In dire need of an injection of ideas that will lift it beyond the realm of film-geek cleverness.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 25, 2001
This vampire doesn't suck your neck, but pulls your leg.
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 25, 2001
They could have had a great film if they had just summoned the nerve to concentrate less on the vampire's tics and more on what made his legendary director tick.
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Andrew O'Hehir
January 25, 2001
An academic exercise driven by adolescent ideas that never shape themselves into a narrative.
Michael Koller
Senses of Cinema
May 30, 2001
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