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The Addiction Reviews

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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 13, 2002
Captain! The Pretense-O-Meter's gone off the scale!
| Original Score: 1/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Vampires are compared to junkies who need their fix.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
July 8, 2004
The allegory wears thin fast, and we're just left with artifice.
| Original Score: 2/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 19, 2004
Given all the talent involved, this should have been much more compelling.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
The film works better as straight horror -- it's quite gory and the inky black-and-white photography adds intensely to the mood -- than as a meditation on morality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Unfortunately, it's so dark -- and impenetrable -- that it shuts us out.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Eternally heavy-handed director Abel Ferrara isn't interested in making anything that even remotely resembles a conventional horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
A strange and diverting take on the old vampire tale.
| Original Score: 4/5
Chris Barsanti
February 29, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
November 15, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 20, 2009
No matter, without exactly transcending the awful material, Ferrara puts it across with astonishing poetry and conviction.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
What we get is a slight, but entertaining movie, that's (dare I say it?) unintentionally funny at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Ferrara's film both impresses and terrifies sufficiently for most of its duration.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Macabre and provocative, yet wonderfully restrained.
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Abel Ferrara, working from a rabidly ambitious script by Nicholas St. John, gives the genre a provocative and perversely funny snap that Anne Rice might envy.
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000
Ferrara sinks his teeth into a moral fable that equates bloodlust with amorality and postulates that there may, even now, be salvation for the sinner.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Christopher Walken, who always looks like one of the living dead, proves that he hasn't exhausted his capacity to make your skin crawl.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
May 16, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
David Poland
Hot Button
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Not to everyone's taste but certainly haunting in theme and visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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