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Byzantium Reviews

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Andy Lea
Daily Star
May 28, 2013
This strange film never really finds the right tone, feeling a little too serious for a pulpy horror flick and a lot too pulpy for a serious drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
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
June 3, 2013
A tangle of genre conventions and wayward plotting starts to blunt the film's thematic point.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
June 27, 2013
This feels tired as storytelling despite some evocative imagery and typically lush camerawork.
Siobhan Synnot
May 27, 2013
Eye-catching though both performances are, Byzantium remains an indecisive oddity with Jordan's rhythm of reverie never quite finding its groove.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
May 31, 2013
As a sketch of life on the margins in a tatty seaside resort, it works well enough. As an action pic, though, it's just too slow, too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
June 27, 2013
Unfortunately, the story never grabs hold as insistently as Jordan's tone and visual artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
June 12, 2013
There's good work in here but the climax sadly lacks the emotive punch it's looking for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
May 31, 2013
Unlike the Christopher Lee movies of old, it feels compromised and convoluted, lacking in action, pace and scares as if caught between two sets of fangs in a post-Twilight vacuum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Alonso Duralde
June 28, 2013
Lines like "The pearl stays pure while the oyster's flesh rots around it" or "Would you like to kiss me? In celebration of my wickedness?" confound any efforts to make them sound less than ridiculous.
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Jordan Hoffman
September 10, 2012
I simply have no more room in my life for ennui-besotted vampires.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kirk Honeycutt
June 26, 2013
There was a really smart movie here had Jordan been a little more adventurous.
Full Review | Original Score: 5
Robert Levin
June 30, 2013
This is a stale vampire soap opera that goes over-the-top early and stays there, with waterfalls literally running red with blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
May 30, 2013
There's more to English Gothic than spurts of gore and heaving cleavage, and though Byzantium has both of those things in happy abundance, it bungles the chance to delve deeper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Barsanti
Film Racket
June 27, 2013
There's a fine and dark Romantic soul to this film ... but it's not enough to compensate for a story that spins in circles predictable as a carnival ride, only not as exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 27, 2013
"Byzantium" comes late to the vampire game hoping to restore a little decorum, but winds up looking decayed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
June 27, 2013
A stylish vampire movie that confuses complication for complexity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 28, 2013
"Byzantium" dares to rework "Twilight" with twice the teen moping and Robert Pattinson replaced by a guy with the sexual magnetism of a sickly Ron Weasley.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
May 31, 2013
This may be one vampire film that has bitten off more than it can devour. The screenplay contains some clunky dialogue and never seems to hit a confident stride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
May 29, 2013
What's really missing is the vampire's tragedy: that ache, the loss of feeling, the sense that in killing death, the essence of what it is to be human is destroyed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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