• R, 1 hr. 22 min.
  • Drama, Horror
  • Directed By:
    Mary Harron
    In Theaters:
    Apr 20, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Aug 28, 2012
  • IFC Films


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The Moth Diaries Reviews

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Rich Cline

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.

Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 24, 2013
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 23, 2013
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

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

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 7/10

May 10, 2012
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 19, 2012
Stephanie Zacharek

It offers glancing pleasures of the atmospheric kind - the impact is the equivalent of a filmy cobweb brushing against your cheek. It tickles more than it bites.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 7/10

April 19, 2012
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Boxoffice Magazine

Bubbles of nascent arousal froth at the film's feminine surface.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

February 7, 2012
Ken McIntyre
Total Film

Vamps-fans won't find much to gnaw on here.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

June 3, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

I'd give this moth-eaten nonsense a miss.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 2/5

May 29, 2013
Calum Waddell
SFX Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 1/5

May 24, 2013
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

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

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

May 24, 2013
James Mottram
The List

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.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 2/5

May 22, 2013
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

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.

Full Review Source: Georgia Straight | Original Score: 1/5

February 15, 2013
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: C

January 27, 2013
Jeff Beck

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

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 15, 2012
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered

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

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 3.5/10

September 15, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

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.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

September 4, 2012
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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Way too serious for its own good.

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

August 9, 2012
Brian Tallerico

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.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 2.0/5.0

May 16, 2012
Scott Weinberg

Sleeping Pill: The Movie

Full Review Source: FEARnet | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 7, 2012
Rob Gonsalves

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.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

April 30, 2012

New York Times
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April 26, 2012
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