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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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: C+
Vampire comedy has cute moments but lacks bite.
Aging is probably the real theme here, but it's approached sidelong and has no punch. Still, only the nostalgia has any real conviction.
Vamps sends up our pop cultural fascination with bloodsucking but is itself a bit stiff with rigor mortis.
"Vamps" is mostly a misfire, but Heckerling still shows enough flashes of wit and wisdom that she remains hard to entirely dismiss.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
In Amy Herckerling's film, being a vampire is ordinary rather than remarkable - which pretty much describes VAMPS.
A sense of anachronism is what provides the film with its melancholy heart.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
"Vamps" teeters on the brink of not quite working and yet still routinely lands its laughs.
| Original Score: B+
While it did feel more like an extended sitcom to me than an actual film, I must say I found it fun.
A playful flick about two female vampires, city life and the huge role of screens in our lives.
| Original Score: 3/5
In an era transfixed by zombies and assorted other ghouls, Vamps is a refreshing change of pace.
Cheesy but chipper vampire comedy has modest charms.
A satire with much of the wit of her [Heckerling's] 1995 Clueless.
[This] shambling little comedy never finds a consistent groove, but it's eager to please, and has the ancient gags to do it.
| Original Score: B-
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