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Vamps (2012)

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33

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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Goody (Silverstone) and Stacy (Krysten Ritter) are addicted to the night life, clubbing, hooking up and always looking for the next thrill, all the while keeping a big a secret-they happen to be modern-day vampires. But even with lifetimes of dating experience behind them, the duo realizes they still have a lot to learn about love when Stacy unexpectedly falls for the son of a vampire hunter, and Goody runs into the man of her dreams from decades earlier. With their destinies at stake, the girls

PG-13,

Comedy, Romance

Amy Heckerling

Nov 13, 2012

$3.0k

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Cheesy but chipper vampire comedy has modest charms.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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In an era transfixed by zombies and assorted other ghouls, Vamps is a refreshing change of pace.

November 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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"Vamps" is mostly a misfire, but Heckerling still shows enough flashes of wit and wisdom that she remains hard to entirely dismiss.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Vamps sends up our pop cultural fascination with bloodsucking but is itself a bit stiff with rigor mortis.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Aging is probably the real theme here, but it's approached sidelong and has no punch. Still, only the nostalgia has any real conviction.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The film's comedic potential is defanged by a pervading tone of embittered nostalgia. Goody doesn't mock our smartphone-loving society with barbed affection-she just wants it to go away.

October 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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At times, Heckerling's script feels as though it's been sitting in a coffin, as the film takes on a campy tone with its endless array of anachronistic sight gags and one-liners.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

A playful flick about two female vampires, city life and the huge role of screens in our lives.

November 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A satire with much of the wit of her [Heckerling's] 1995 Clueless.

November 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Vampire comedy has cute moments but lacks bite.

November 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

While it did feel more like an extended sitcom to me than an actual film, I must say I found it fun.

November 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Horror.com
Horror.com

In Amy Herckerling's film, being a vampire is ordinary rather than remarkable - which pretty much describes VAMPS.

November 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

"Vamps" teeters on the brink of not quite working and yet still routinely lands its laughs.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

Bold, ambitious, but it's rarely funny. Heckerling works to squeeze out a few laughs along the way, but the punchlines are soggy and the situations a little too cartoonish at times, resembling a sketch comedy show about vampires.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
Blu-ray.com

[This] shambling little comedy never finds a consistent groove, but it's eager to please, and has the ancient gags to do it.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

A sense of anachronism is what provides the film with its melancholy heart.

October 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Vamps

Cute.
April 21, 2013
vierasesine

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Yes, I realize this is not a great movie. And, no, I don't care. It's such good fun that I know I'll be rewatching this. Alicia pretty much plays Clueless as a vampire, but that's maybe not so surprising since Amy Heckerling wrote both. I tend to like her movies. Even Loser!
Krysten Ritter is also good here. She and Alicia were convincing as friends even with the age gap. Plot is a bit thin, but seriously if you take it lightly, this is really quite a fun little movie.
April 9, 2013
romy861

Super Reviewer

In "Vamps," Goody(Alicia Silverstone) and Stacy(Krysten Ritter) are roommates in New York City. They are also vampires. While they are at the beck and call of their stem, Ciccerus(Sigourney Weaver), they otherwise work nights as janitors. In her spare time, Stacy catches up on her studies where she makes the acquaintance of Joey Van Helsing(Dan Stevens).

Even if "Vamps" had a consistent tone to call its own, it would still probably be something of a frustrating near miss, considering how long it takes to get to its idea of a plot. In short, it is what happens when vampires get too cute. But just as much, the movie goes with gross out humor to illustrate the eating habits of vampires before turning silly and even a little touching. And then it has some neat cinematic and historical references and can be relevant when discussing the rapid change of technology which you do not have to be a two hundred year old vampire to be intimidated by. Most impressive of all is how "Vamps" was about five minutes ahead of the curve when warning about the dangers of government surveillance.

As random as all of that sounds, that is nothing compared to the casting because nothing sounds like a romantic interest like Richard Lewis. Otherwise, "Vamps" violates the first rule of buddy movies with Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter both operating on the same frequency. Dan Stevens is in the right movie but the wrong role while a de-fanged Malcolm McDowell is cute as a de-fanged Dracula. But all of that does not matter when the wonderful Wallace Shawn is on the screen, as he waits patiently for his very own action franchise.
February 28, 2014
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Walter M.

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    1. Stacy: I didn't put in rollers! I'm gonna have coffin head tomorrow.
    – Submitted by Chris P (18 months ago)
    1. Goody: Staying young is getting old.
    – Submitted by Chris P (18 months ago)
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