Vampire Academy Reviews

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Gabrielle Bondi
The Young Folks
July 20, 2015
...I hoped for better but am not displeased with slightly messy, campy but funny and entertaining vamp dramedy I got.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 14, 2015
It's too transparently a ploy to hook teenage girls by combining vampires, Hogwarts, and princesses, three things that teenage girls presumably adore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Stuckmann
ChrisStuckmann.com
April 23, 2015
A film that attempts to satire the popular love triangle romances of the current day, yet falls into the same tired cliches of said films.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jason Best
Movie Talk
July 27, 2014
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.
Glenn Dunks
Quickflix
July 2, 2014
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 | Original Score: D+
Dominic Corry
Flicks.co.nz
March 27, 2014
I died a little bit inside.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
March 18, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/5
March 15, 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 | Original Score: 1/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
March 10, 2014
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
March 10, 2014
It is so silly, so convoluted in terms of plot, but so insouciant that it almost gets away with it. Almost.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Anthony Morris
The Vine
March 4, 2014
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.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 4, 2014
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
David Stratton
The Australian
February 28, 2014
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 | Original Score: 1/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 24, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 15, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
February 14, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.0/5
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
February 14, 2014
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 | Original Score: D+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 13, 2014
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.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
February 13, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
February 11, 2014
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.
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