Byzantium Reviews

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Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
February 14, 2015
evenly split between a character piece and a mystery thriller...if you're looking for an interesting and different take on vampire legend, check into the Byzantium...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
August 10, 2014
Byzantium is a refreshing take on the vampire genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 27, 2014
Although audience fatigue regarding vampires has surely set in...this is a romantic, sensual, bloody good time of a movie for sophisticated adults.
Richard Haridy
Quickflix
November 25, 2013
As the feature jumps backwards and forwards in time, and stories within stories coalesce, a striking tapestry is woven illustrating a world where eternal beings struggle with great change. Jordan's vampiric universe is bloody, adult, and melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Max Nelson
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
Clara becomes more the subject of Jordan's empathy than the object of his lust (although there's some of that, too).
Rob Thomas
Madison Movie
October 30, 2013
It's stylish and gory, with excellent performances and a similarly grim approach to the life of a vampire. And it's not really a scary movie, although, whatever it is, it's a good one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
September 30, 2013
A gory Gothic thriller whose departures from traditional horror lore give the overworked vampire genre a rejuvenating transfusion of new blood.
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
September 24, 2013
There might be some sort of muddled feminist moral to all this, but by the time the overlong Gothic happenings conclude (with a nicely bloody finale), it's hard to recall what it might have been.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Dave Golder
SFX Magazine
September 20, 2013
Byzantium is a connoisseur's vampire film; a vintage red.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Aaron Yap
Flicks.co.nz
August 15, 2013
Jordan's customarily stylish and elegant direction carries the film, and he's aided by the leads' outstanding performances...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
July 22, 2013
With its share of haunting imagery, it's sporadically unsettling but never truly frightening.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
July 19, 2013
New vampire movie lacks bite
Richard von Busack
MetroActive
July 17, 2013
This extremely elegant fantasy has roots in a plausible situation: maybe vampires don't exist, but there has been a child or two raised by a wolf...how do such children get their experience into words, get past the shame? Who will believe them?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 stars
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
July 13, 2013
With a magnetic performance from Saoirse Ronan, a surprisingly excellent performance from Gemma Arterton, and a deliciously peculiar spin on familiar lore, Byzantium is a refreshing take on vampires.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
July 13, 2013
Jordan, true to form, moves fluidly between past and present toward an archly frenetic finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 12, 2013
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.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 12, 2013
Go ahead, bite.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 12, 2013
A drama that feels both strenuously earnest and impossible to take seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
July 11, 2013
Byzantium has a few moves that might surprise you. They have nothing to do with blood, but everything to do with the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
July 11, 2013
A confusing yet eye-pleasing tale that struggles to breathe new life into the well-worn mythology.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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