Critic Consensus: Director Neil Jordan remains as expert as ever when it comes to setting a chilling mood, but Byzantium struggles to match its creepily alluring atmosphere with a suitably compelling story.
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Critic Reviews for Byzantium
Jordan is no stranger to the yearnings of vampires. He directed Interview With the Vampire. But Byzantium is a kinder, gentler yet pretty durn bloody affair.
A drama that feels both strenuously earnest and impossible to take seriously.
Byzantium has a few moves that might surprise you. They have nothing to do with blood, but everything to do with the heart.
A confusing yet eye-pleasing tale that struggles to breathe new life into the well-worn mythology.
Neil Jordan's sensitive and very slow exploration of vampire angst. That the film also seems intended as some kind of vampire feminist statement makes it a rare combination of mildly boring and mildly hilarious.
Audience Reviews for Byzantium
The film's opening gives the feeling that it has a dark secret to be revealed, layer by layer, as it proceeds. Unfortunately, there's only disappointment in store here. With a generous heart, 1/10 for the promise it makes to be a chilling affair, but fails to tend to, thankfully, without trying too hard!!
Byzantium will test the patience for some horror movie fans, particularly those who enjoy cheap boo scares every two minutes. But if you let this (slightly underdeveloped) story work its magic on you, it has a few pleasantly innovative twists up its sleeve.
3 3/4's--The director does a good job of creating a brooding, dark, and foreboding atmosphere. The storyline keeps you interested, as the story of the two vampires slowly unfolds. I liked how they focused on the human aspect of vampires, and the mythology was different and interesting. I am a vampire movie fan, and I have been getting tired of the teeny bopper vampire genre. This was definitely a step above...
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