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Vampire Academy Reviews

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

The action is underwhelming and the plot muddled, taking so long to explain the saga's complex mythology that there's no time left to flesh out the characters. Which is a shame, as Deutch's heroine has a sassy spark.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

July 27, 2014
Glenn Dunks
Quickflix

Rarely have I felt such disconnect between material and the actors tasked with performing it as I did with Mark Waters' Vampire Academy.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: D+

July 2, 2014
Dominic Corry
Flicks.co.nz

I died a little bit inside.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 1/5

March 27, 2014
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

Richelle Mead's sharp series of young-adult novels might have been better off being adapted for longform TV, rather than the big-screen blunting they cop here.

Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Original Score: 2/5

March 18, 2014

Joining the painful list of Goth-drenched Twilight franchise wannabes - Mortal Instruments, Beautiful Creatures, Dark Shadows - comes a half-baked, yappy stab at blending sexy Undead girls into a teen high school comedy..Even hardcore Goths will be bored.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 1/5

March 15, 2014
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

I thought it was a complete mess. I thought the teenage dialogue was puerile and that was a shame because Daniel Waters wrote the screenplay for HEATHERS, which is one of the really nice films about school but that was a long time ago.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 1/5

March 10, 2014
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

It is so silly, so convoluted in terms of plot, but so insouciant that it almost gets away with it. Almost.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 10, 2014
Anthony Morris
The Vine

Despite an all star team behind the camera this is probably the first occasion where the film is literally impossible to understand without reading the novel first.

Full Review Source: The Vine

March 4, 2014
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

I really did try to channel the 17 year old high school girl within, byzantine, bitchy scheming an' all, but it's a stretch too far, and had to be content with enjoying the performances

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 4, 2014
David Stratton
The Australian

The screenplay by Daniel Waters, the director's brother, is stuffed with puerile dialogue, all the more disappointing given that, back in 1988, he wrote one of the best school movies, Heathers.

Full Review Source: The Australian | Original Score: 1/5

February 28, 2014
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Previous teen films from brothers Daniel and Mark Waters had a lot of bite, so it's sad their first collaboration is a toothless horror-adventure-comedy-romance motivated by The Weinstein Company's eagerness for a Harry Potter-meets-Twilight franchise.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

February 24, 2014
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It was almost touching to reach the end of Vampire Academy and find that it not only left itself open for a sequel, but seemed so certain of that eventuality that it set one up.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 2/5

February 15, 2014
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

Vampire Academy occasionally plays as if it's on fast-forward, rushing from one moment to the next without providing much reason to care about what's happening[.]

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 2.0/5

February 14, 2014
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

I can't speak for Richelle Mead's novels, but I'm assuming they read like the instruction manuals for a role playing game: there are both too many, and not enough, rules.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: D+

February 14, 2014
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This is a garbage heap of weak quips, delivered by an assortment of pretty boys and girls and amped up with some cheesy moments of animal cruelty.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 13, 2014
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

It's not a complete disaster, but even the appearance of Gabriel Byrne, as Lissa's uncle Victor, fails to make much of a dent in the slapdash proceedings.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

February 13, 2014
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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Not only plays like the crassest possible mashup of "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" elements, but seems designed to make those franchises look like eternal monuments of world culture by comparison.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 11, 2014
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

A fast-paced yet foolishly fanged fable...

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 2/10

February 11, 2014
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com

When the dream sequence killing off the cast is better than everything afterward, you MIGHT have a script problem... This is why we can't have good vampire movies.

Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com | Original Score: 0.5/4.0

February 9, 2014
Witney Seibold
Nerdist

I'm happy to report that Vampire Academy is actually a pretty fun little flick that shoots for flip and actually lands there.

Full Review Source: Nerdist | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 9, 2014
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