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Near Dark Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 1, 2014
An atmospheric and nightmarish vampire film...
Jamie Graham
Total Film
October 6, 2013
Seductively lensed, sparely scripted and superbly performed, this does away with Gothic nonsense to offer a modern take on the undead myth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 6, 2013
One of the best vampire movies ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 6, 2013
Long after the picture ends, you're left with potent half-images: strong-but-vague impressions that resemble the remains of dreams.
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
October 6, 2013
There's a ghastly humor in all this, and Bigelow brings it out without overindulging it. Faced with a nearly repulsive subject, she makes the blood flow inside it, stream out over the cuts.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 14, 2008
Near Dark has filmmaking finesse to spare, but puts its dank characters on display rather than cadging sympathy for them. It is the Blue Velvet of date-night spook shows.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 16, 2008
One of the better vampire films.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Sean Axmaker
March 5, 2008
... both ferocious and lyrical, a moody horror film with the frontier community romanticism of a John Ford Western and the violent ferocity of a Sam Peckinpah film.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 21, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 30, 2007
As much as it is a horror film and western, it is equally and perhaps more pronouncedly a romance.

September 26, 2007
Dark, bloody and very stylish, this genre-busting western-noir-vampire hybrid is a toothsome joy and definitely one of the best horror films of the 1980s.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2007
This is on the whole a striking directorial debut, at once scary and erotic, with lots of sidelong touches in the casting, direction, and script.

TV Guide
September 26, 2007
An auspicious solo directing debut from Kathryn Bigelow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
September 26, 2007
High-powered but pared down, slick but spare, this is a tale that introduces the unearthly into the banality of rural American existence.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
Bigelow's artful handling of the magic and menace of the night is hauntingly apparent.
| Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
August 21, 2006
Still by far Bigelow's best film, this seductive vampire tale is suffused with the unique beauty of the SouthWest and eerie pacing that enrich the narrative and elevate it to a reverie about the sanctity and unity of the family.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A subtle study in the seductiveness of evil and a terrifying ride to the edge of darkness.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 5, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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