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Byzantium Reviews

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May 23, 2018
The smartest and most rewarding vampire movie of the decade.
March 1, 2018
It's a Gothic tale with a twist of conspiracy and a radically different take on vampirism as ancient earth force tightly controlled by a male cabal who treat the transformation like a patriarchal right.
January 2, 2018
"You don't have to be a fang-fetishist to fall in love with Jordan's evocative masterpiece. This is a movie that demands to be just as immortal as its startling heroines."
October 31, 2017
In the end, the pluses just about outweigh the minuses, thanks to Ronan's performance, one delicious late revelation, and Jordan's enduring mastery of melancholic atmosphere and down-at-heel style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 19, 2017
A pensive, intelligent vampire-angst movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 5, 2017
Arresting, gory and surprising, this flight-of-horror fantasy is wonderfully acted for post-Twilight vamp lovers craving something altogether eerier but emotionally resonant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 30, 2017
Female-forward and class-conscious, allegorical and adventurous, Byzantium is almost the anti-Batman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 10, 2016
[Clara and Eleanor] are not technically human, but it's the human relationship between them that the film is confident to show us. And Byzantium seems most comfortable, most intimate, when its two bright actresses give us just that.
August 24, 2015
Some "vampire stuff" you've seen before, a few new ideas that work, two great performances, and a lot of skilled veterans behind the camera.
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
August 10, 2014
Byzantium is a refreshing take on the vampire genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
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
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).
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
September 30, 2013
A gory Gothic thriller whose departures from traditional horror lore give the overworked vampire genre a rejuvenating transfusion of new blood.
September 20, 2013
Byzantium is a connoisseur's vampire film; a vintage red.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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 do such children get their experience into words, get past the shame? Who will believe them?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 stars
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
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