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.
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
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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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
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
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
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
July 11, 2013
A vampire-hybrid movie: moody and compelling with terrific performances from Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Eric D. Snider
About.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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