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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Reviews

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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
October 26, 2009
This is one of the worst films of the year.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 23, 2009
Unfortunately Weitz can't quite get a handle on what the film should be, despite teaming up with the talented Brian Helgeland on the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 23, 2009
A vampire movie in sore need of a transfusion.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
October 23, 2009
We never get under the skin of anyone here. Freaks never become characters. They're objects of derision.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
October 23, 2009
Harry Potter needn't call time out on his Quidditch game, and Edward Cullen can stick to his beauty rest.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
October 23, 2009
Mixing horror and comedy while minimizing the gore, writer-director Paul Weitz serves up a witty adventure fantasy with a tasty dollop of schadenfreude.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 23, 2009
Tests its viewers' patience even as it strives to build their loyalty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
October 23, 2009
Unreeling like a feature-length trailer, 'Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant' suffers from premature sequelitis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 23, 2009
While it celebrates the creative and the imagined and introduces us to colorful characters, it's bland and dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 23, 2009
An inept fantasy that wants to be a sort of hip Goth legend...
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 23, 2009
Jammed with story threads that don't cohere, Cirque commits the cardinal sin for a vampire movie: It's bloodless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 23, 2009
Cirque du Freak is disjointed and disorganized, and it meanders when it needs to gallop.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 23, 2009
It's clear that the filmmakers had a hard time adapting Darren Shan's books, made the movie way too long and then hacked indiscriminately at the last minute. Some important scenes are cut off abruptly, and others seem to be missing altogether.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
October 23, 2009
There are also so many characters that some barely register, while others - like our teen hero - are just unlikeable. It's very energetic, but a more relaxed sequel, in which everyone has fun, might be a big improvement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
October 23, 2009
The film can't decide whether it's an earnest fantasy flick or a quirky horror comedy, or whether it's meant for kids or adults -- no wonder it appears to have two titles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 23, 2009
Perhaps best of all, the movie doesn't take itself too seriously. It's creepy but tinged with sarcasm and infused with silly fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 23, 2009
The script, by Brian Helgeland and director Paul Weitz, frequently strays off course, though the underlying story is always compelling. And, just like Twilight, this movie doesn't end so much as beg to be continued.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 22, 2009
The film shuffles together episodes from the first three volumes of the 12-book Cirque saga, which may explain its rushed, patchy feel. It unfurls like a series of skits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 22, 2009
The movie has no sense of magic or fun; the characters never seem to have anything at stake. It's just a lot of computer graphics and gleefully hamming-it-up actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
October 22, 2009
What's best about the flick is that everything is so, well, normal. Reilly, in particular, delights in responding to the fantastical with the practical.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 22, 2009
Chris Massoglia is almost wholly charisma-free, a handsome, hesitant two-by-four who makes you appreciate the rich thespian skills of Daniel Radcliffe. Casting an unknown is always a gamble. This time the house wins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 22, 2009
Is it too much to ask that a narrative film have a beginning, a middle, and an end?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 22, 2009
While Twilight will make more money and get more attention, the darkly comic Cirque du Freak boasts the shaggy charm of the natural underdog.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 22, 2009
A textbook example of how trying to please everyone ends up pleasing no one, Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant is a Frankenstein's monster of a movie, all stitches and seams and disparate parts.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 22, 2009
It's ... a mess. The movie is shot through with curious disconnects. Often within a single sequence of events, we won't know where we are, or how they're related in space or time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 21, 2009
When Weitz and writer Brian Helgeland try to drape a plot over the colorful characters, the movie goes fuzzy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
October 21, 2009
The supernatural and its accompanying history of half-vampires and vampaneze never establishes itself as anything but ridiculous.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 21, 2009
Don't bother to take notes, because subplots go nowhere, and characters -- many played 
 by well-known actors -- barely get screen time.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 21, 2009
The movie's big drawback is that it isn't silly enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Schager
Time Out
October 21, 2009
At the very least, such triteness will dredge up a desire to keep the Weitz family -- brother Chris was responsible for the leaden Golden Compass debacle -- away from the first chapters of big-budget franchises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
October 20, 2009
The vampire trend continues, but the only authentic bloodsuckers in Cirque du Freak are its producers and studio execs.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 28, 2009
The Vampire's Assistant is too busy making impossible claims about just how spectacular its sequels will be to serve up a self-contained story with a satisfying finale.