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½ February 28, 2016
Pathetic script, just pathetic. All trite phrases, terrible acting. Don't waste your time.
Super Reviewer
½ November 10, 2014
Despite its first-rate costume design and Erzsébet Báthory being such a fascinating subject, this flawed historical drama seems more like a soap-opera that tries too hard to soften her image as someone broken-hearted by love but ends too ambiguous for us to care.
September 10, 2014
I started this film thinking it was about the one of the most prolific serial killers in human history and that'd it be a film full of gore, thrills, and disturbing imagery. What you wouldn't expect is for the film to have a love story that was so sickingly over-saccharine, so poorly dialogued, and so completely cheesy that it made every scene laughably bad. This is how the Countess begins, and it sets the tone for the film written by, directed by, and starring Julie Delpy. The Countess tells the tale of Countess Elzebet Bathrony, whom legend says killed hundred of girls and bathed in their blood in order to preserve her beauty after she is spurned by a lover. Julie Delpy takes this legend and delivers one of the most entertainingly bad films I have ever seen. Some of the dialogue in this film is so poorly written that it literally caused my jaw to drop. It doesn't help that it's also delivered by actors giving universally terrible performances. For some reason Julie Delpy decided to have this Hungarian tale be told in English, and every actor speaks as if they have no idea what they are saying, even though I know they are all proficient English speakers. They only one who seems able to give the story any gravitas is William Hurt, who appears to be barely present through his mumbling. He's still better than the laughable performances of Julie Delpy and Daniel Bruhl, who are truly terrible. But then the film doesn't stop finding ways to be awful. It's misguided love story is followed by the actual story, which only give the barest possible insight into the fact that our protagonist murdered hundreds of women. The film doesn't eve seem to care about what made it's subject matter so famous. It actually trys to give the story a feminist message by portraying Bathory as a women fighting against a man's world, despite the fact that she killed quite a few women in her shallow bid to remain young forever. It's hard to find one part of this film that is not done completely wrong. The only thing that keeps it from being completely unwatchable is that it's an slightly enjoyable kind of terrible. But in the end, it's still terrible.
September 7, 2014
An odd foreign drama with English dialogue starring (and directed by) Julie Delpy with William Hurt, one of my favorite actors. The title character, played powerfully by Delpy, is said to be the worst female serial killer in history. She killed virgin peasants and servant girls and bathed in their blood to preserve her youthful looks. Supposedly a true story. A bit far-fetched, but worth a view.
August 27, 2014
I started this film thinking it was about the one of the most prolific serial killers in human history and that'd it be a film full of gore, thrills, and disturbing imagery. What you wouldn't expect is for the film to have a love story that was so sickingly over-saccharine, so poorly dialogued, and so completely cheesy that it made every scene laughably bad. This is how the Countess begins, and it sets the tone for the film written by, directed by, and starring Julie Delpy. The Countess tells the tale of Countess Elzebet Bathrony, whom legend says killed hundred of girls and bathed in their blood in order to preserve her beauty after she is spurned by a lover. Julie Delpy takes this legend and delivers one of the most entertainingly bad films I have ever seen. Some of the dialogue in this film is so poorly written that it literally caused my jaw to drop. It doesn't help that it's also delivered by actors giving universally terrible performances. For some reason Julie Delpy decided to have this Hungarian tale be told in English, and every actor speaks as if they have no idea what they are saying, even though I know they are all proficient English speakers. They only one who seems able to give the story any gravitas is William Hurt, who appears to be barely present through his mumbling. He's still better than the laughable performances of Julie Delpy and Daniel Bruhl, who are truly terrible. But then the film doesn't stop finding ways to be awful. It's misguided love story is followed by the actual story, which only give the barest possible insight into the fact that our protagonist murdered hundreds of women. The film doesn't eve seem to care about what made it's subject matter so famous. It actually trys to give the story a feminist message by portraying Bathory as a women fighting against a man's world, despite the fact that she killed quite a few women in her shallow bid to remain young forever. It's hard to find one part of this film that is not done completely wrong. The only thing that keeps it from being completely unwatchable is that it's an slightly enjoyable kind of terrible. But in the end, it's still terrible.
May 14, 2014
Solid acting, beautiful and grotesque imagery but extremely boring
½ April 16, 2014
good and creepy biography
February 14, 2014
It's about a countess who become mad because of love and do twisted things for the one she love and yet end with tragic. This one is a gothic period drama base on true story of Erzebet(Elizabeth) Bathory who's related to Vlad the Impaler or Count Dracula. The story is great, but the casting and dialogue could be better.
December 28, 2013
Wow! A horrific, gory story that is well told. Great and talented cast.
½ November 3, 2013
Julie Delpy is a great actor and a perfectly capable writer/director. And, while this movie should be given some credit for ambition it fails. An odd mix of history and mythology blended together in an attempt to form some sort of feminist point. Surely there would have been a less horrific historical figure to utilize for this purpose. In the end, this is a limp and perverse exercise.
November 2, 2013
Uninspired by the wooden performances of the first 30 minutes, gave it up afterwards.
October 30, 2013
It's not as as scary as the real history of what we called "The Countess Dracula", it's just very depressing movie plot.
As same as these movies: Onegin, The Reader, Hamlet, Vanity Fair, Girl With a Pearl Earring, Anonymous, The Other Boleyn Girl, Bright Star, and Lady Jane. Just not very cool historical genre movie. :)
October 15, 2013
I love movies about history, esp when they include twisted people like Bathory. Can't wait!
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
October 5, 2013
In "The Countess," the bad news is that Erzebet Bathory(Julie Delpy, who also wrote and directed) has been promised in marriage to Ferenc Nadasdy(Charly Hubner) since she was born. The good news is that they make a great team with him being the only competent military leader able to defeat the invading Turks while her business prowess makes them so wealthy that even King Matthias(Jesse Inman) borrows from them. But since this is the 1500's, sudden death is a fact of life which claims Ferenc. As a highly sought catch as a widow, Erzebet has more than her share of suitors like Gyorgy Thurzo(William Hurt) but rejects him. That does not mean she is willing to give up on sharing her bed as she takes the younger Istvan(Daniel Bruhl) as her lover.

With the talky "The Countess," Julie Delpy does not show the same ability for historical dramas, what with the panoply of accents, that she has shown for detailing the emotional perils of the modern age in her other films. But she does pull off a neat narrative trick here by documenting how unreliable a narrator can be, especially from a second hand source, thus letting the viewer make up his mind as to what really happened, just as all the characters have already made up their minds beforehand. At the same time, we get to see how certain myths came into existence like vampires and Snow White.
September 4, 2013
Visually stunning, but lacking much in terms of acting. With the exception of a scant few, dialogue is delivered by actors in a stiff, unimmersive manner that resembles amateurs reading from placards. Even Julie Delpy's lines come across as though reciting from script without lackluster. Little to no chemistry between actors. Beautiful costumes and settings do nothing to take away from the painfully halting performance.
August 23, 2013
Horrible story. Unfortunately, also a horrible fim which is just somehow so very hollow inside. Daniel Brühl is very much out of place - he just don't look the part.
June 15, 2013
The Blood Countess and the Beginnings of the Feminist Movement--Diving into love and darkness!!
February 18, 2013
Yeah, that didn't work. This film is a bit of a mish-mash, trying to be too many things at once. Even the directing is uneven, with actors sometimes sounding way to contrived, as if they are reading cue cards rather than speaking lines (which becomes particularly jarring when Delpy speaks French, which she is clearly more fluent in than English (yes, I know she's French)). While there are decent moments, those are fleeting and just drowns in the mediocre to down right weak rest of the film. The script and directing would have needed a serious overhaul to salvage this, which could have been salvaged - therein lies the sad part, this could have been a very compelling story.
December 9, 2012
It had some comedic parts. They could have build up some of the characters better. Overall, its worth watching since it has a great story line and is based on a true story
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