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Byzantium Reviews

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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
July 13, 2013
Jordan, true to form, moves fluidly between past and present toward an archly frenetic finale.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
July 12, 2013
Go ahead, bite.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 12, 2013
A drama that feels both strenuously earnest and impossible to take seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
July 11, 2013
Byzantium offers a twist or two on the traditional vampire mythology ... but otherwise [its] gothic atmosphere and air of tragedy feel awfully familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 11, 2013
A vampire-hybrid movie: moody and compelling with terrific performances from Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan.
Read More | Original Score: B+
July 10, 2013
The film doesn't offer the terror of some vampire stories or the swooning romance of others, but does provide a supernaturally tinged vampire tale for grown-ups.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
July 8, 2013
It has a great mythical feel and is loaded with beautiful, haunting imagery. If you like "good" vampire movies, then you won't want to miss this
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 7, 2013
While Byzantium brings a dark sexiness back to the vampire genre, a stale story sucks out what life Neil Jordan is able to create while adapting Buffini's script.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
July 5, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 5, 2013
There are far too many plot points and story threads that span centuries and bring in many characters.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 5, 2013
Instead of interviewing disparate vampires, here Jordan's giving us mother/daughter memoirs covering two hundred years...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 4, 2013
The story drags a bit, bouncing back and forth in time in a manner that is sometimes useful, sometimes not. Overall, though, it's an intriguing addition to the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 4, 2013
I can't wait to see it again, to see what else I can see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 4, 2013
It's a pleasure to see a vampire movie that aspires to something artful, and that explores the misery that comes with living - forever - on blood, and in the shadows.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 3, 2013
[An] exquisite, lovely film, in which contemporary characters struggle to suspend their disbelief in vampire lore while Jordan's eye for formal beauty and truthful performances suspends ours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 1, 2013
The film slows and slumps as it ventures into a historical backstory, complete with a mysterious brotherhood, an ancient map, and Sam Riley in a wig worse than death.
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