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The Moth Diaries (2012)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 11

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Acclaimed director Mary Harron returns with the chilling story of Rebecca (Sarah Bolger), a young girl who, haunted by her father's suicide, enrolls in an elite boarding school for girls. Before long, Rebecca's friendship with the popular Lucy (Sarah Gadon) is shattered by the arrival of a dark and mysterious new student named Ernessa (Lily Cole). Rebecca, whose overtures of concern are rejected by Lucy, finds herself lost and confused. Rebecca starts to suspect that Ernessa is a vampire, but,


Drama, Horror

Rachel Klein

Aug 28, 2012


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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (33) | DVD (2)

Way too serious for its own good.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Roiling with jealousy, suicide and latent lesbian urges, "The Moth Diaries" dances on the border between hallucination and reality without fully committing to either.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The Moth Diaries fails to frighten, titillate or otherwise engage the imagination.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
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Harron can do little with this bloodless drama, a shadow of such quiet vampire treats as "Let the Right One In" and "The Addiction."

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Harron, a supremely intelligent adaptor who did wonders with the screen version of Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho, simply doesn't have the chops to give this story the florid kick it needs.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Where are the shivers? The girls are properly fragile, ethereal and neurotic, but the way Ms. Harron gingerly moves them around like porcelain dolls is too careful to stir up much terror.

April 17, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Vamps-fans won't find much to gnaw on here.

June 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
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I'd give this moth-eaten nonsense a miss.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

There's a terrific sense of menace in this gothic dramatic thriller, which plays on the story's fantasy elements to take us into a teen girl's troubled imagination. It's beautifully shot too.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source:

A redundant teen-horror romp which, in the space of its slender running time, actually begins to make you pine for the return of Bella and Edward.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

The lacklustre script is so determined to spell out thoughts and emotions that it becomes insulting.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Like the central character, it's difficult to convince ourselves that this sinister nastiness isn't really happening. So we get increasingly unnerved as the story progresses.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

There's no mystery, suspense or intrigue. Worst of all, there are no real scares - though that may be due to the Young Adult market it's trying to tap into.

May 22, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

If you thought the Twilight films were hard to sit through, wait until you get a load of this toothless attempt to cash in on today's hormone-fuelled vampire craze.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

"The Moth Diaries" just ends up feeling like a desperate attempt to cash in on the vampire craze created by "Twilight."

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source:

The Moth Diaries is an entirely bloodless vampire tale that takes itself way too seriously.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Ostensibly made as an angst-filled teen horror movie in the vein of Twilight, it doesn't really have an idea of its own identity.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Those incredibly volatile days when a teenage girl comes to terms with her own family history, her changing friendships, her sexuality, and more make for interesting fiction but often come apart on their way to the big screen.

May 16, 2012 Full Review Source:

Good overall plot and production that do not come together in the sharp focus of a conventional horror film. Entertaining nonetheless.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Sleeping Pill: The Movie

May 7, 2012 Full Review Source: FEARnet

The problem with a movie this unimaginative and amorphous that tries to be ambiguous is that we're not sure how to take anything it shows us. Ambiguity becomes meaningless game-playing.

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source:

If you think Twilight moves at a plodding pace and makes you wish for a death that will not come, wait till you see this.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source:

Sex, blood, and death may be the givens of any Dracula-inspired fright film. The Moth Diaries skimps on all three.

April 24, 2012 Full Review Source:

It's a missed opportunity for Harron, who can't figure out a game plan for the source material's mysteries, leaving the picture to spin helplessly, wasting enticing genre ingredients.

April 21, 2012 Full Review Source:

... favors supernatural dazzle over the exploration of deeper, character-driven issues.

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Audience Reviews for The Moth Diaries

Pleasantly surprised. I expected very little from this (actually I expected another crap movie, and following on from Vampire Academy, seemed to be my night for it).
Genuinely creepy and suspenseful boarding school story with a cast that can actually act.
The one flaw was the rushed ending, it felt too quick and easy, and at just 78 minutes, the movie was hardly out wearing it's welcome and could have stood a little more fleshing out.
Enjoyed this, though.
July 26, 2014

Super Reviewer

Interesting movie. Dark. Mysterious. A little slow. Not as bad as the low ratings would suggest.
January 1, 2014

Super Reviewer

The Moth Diaries is a huge disappointment from a director I love. Maybe it's because I'm not a 13 year old girl, I don't know, but it's all the girls boarding school, self harm, Vampirism, suicide, best friends forever, lesbian experimentation, miserable goth nonsense that I didn't like. Take all them away and there isn't much else left. I liked some of the special effect bits but as part of the main story, they weren't very special and didn't fit right.
October 4, 2013

Super Reviewer

My main problem with it, is that its quite slow. I also didn't care for the narrative. Other than that, I thought it was a good story, and I liked the atmosphere of the movie. I thought the leads were good. Not amazing or anything, but definitely not bad.

Overall, it was interesting and kept me guessing, who was going to be the next victim, but it's not something I plan seeing again. It was all right.
October 21, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Ernessa: I don't get it...was Ernessa a vampire? If so, then what about immunity to sunlight and turning into moths?
    – Submitted by Paul S (23 months ago)
    1. Ernessa: Some people find great joy in the prospect of death.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Lucy: Everyone's got one...
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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