Vampire in Brooklyn Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
To call this a comedy is a sign of optimism; to call it a comeback for Murphy is a sign of blind faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Doesn't live up to its promise or premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
March 7, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
This modern fable is little more than a Murphy potboiler, something to while away a couple of hours, rather than fondly remember.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Murphy's pale efforts are enough to make one fondly recall Blacula. Now that was one sucker who knew how to make a film that didn't.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000
The bottom line is that Vampire in Brooklyn is funny and gross, but saddled with a pedestrian storyline that denies any real magic in its premise and sinks its potential as a dark fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Monica Hayde
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
Nicolas Lacroix
EnPrimeur.ca
March 11, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
February 12, 2003
Oh, Wes, what did we all do to deserve this?
| Original Score: 0/5
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
February 6, 2003
Is it comedy? Is it horror? Uneven film that never lives up to its potential as either.
| Original Score: 2/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
December 11, 2003
Given the talent involved, it's almost impressive how much of a misfire the film is.
| Original Score: 2/5
Catherine Cantieri
Apollo Guide
May 14, 2002
The horror relies on special effects so obvious that the scares are compromised.
Full Review | Original Score: 41/100
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Kadeem Hardison is the best thing about this film, playing Maximillian's slowly rotting ghoul henchman. However; one has to wonder about a film where Eddie Murphy needs comic relief.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 27, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Craven can't keep the comic elements in balance with the horror, and as a result there's no tension or dramatic pull.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
They're no match, though, for the crushing disappointment of having to watch Murphy on the comic sidelines. It's like going to a Barbra Streisand concert and being asked to listen with her while the rhythm section sings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Neither all that scary nor all that hilarious, Vampire in Brooklyn falls directly between the two, into the valley of mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Murphy's performance is pretty good most of the way, but he needed a stronger director than horrormeister Wes Craven to keep him in check.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Neither as good as it might be nor as bad as you might expect.
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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
August 14, 2002
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Brian Lowry
Variety
March 26, 2009
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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