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Fright Night Reviews

Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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A boring revamp, with dull 3D effects, insipid teenage protagonists and only sporadically scary outbursts of neck-biting, crucifix-wielding and staking through the heart.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

August 31, 2011
Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
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Colin Farrell's performance as Jerry is the pulsing, stakeable heart of the movie.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

August 19, 2011
Adam Graham
Detroit News
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Farrell is all darting eyes, facial ticks and macho confidence. He never goes over the top, he's not a showy actor, but he's clearly relishing his role and eating it up with abandon. He makes this a Night to remember.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

August 19, 2011
William Goss
Film.com
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A remarkably confident remake that boasts its own pleasures more often than not.

Full Review Source: Film.com

August 19, 2011
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The new Dreamworks/Disney teen horror comedy, Fright Night, falls into the better-than-expected category.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 19, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Voilą! Black magic.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 19, 2011
Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
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It improves on the premise it has been handed, producing a modernized version of a decades-old story that's superior to its predecessor in virtually every aspect.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 19, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Gillespie just wants to alternately amuse and frighten you and, to a large extent, he succeeds.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 19, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Feeble comic one-liners and slow pacing combine for a routine fangfest in this remake of the 1985 film.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 19, 2011
Scott Bowles
USA Today
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Fright has matured nicely over the quarter-century. While remaining sharp-tongued, the film knows its place on the teen landscape.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

August 18, 2011
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Fright Night" isn't quite a classic vampire movie, but it's refreshingly straightforward and self-deprecating.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

August 18, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The old "Fright Night" was both self-aware and effectively scary, and if this one seems to prefer gruesome digital effects to old-fashioned bump-in-the-night spookiness, it still succeeds in keeping the audience both tickled and anxious.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 18, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Farrell looks like he's having the time of his 400-year-old life.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 18, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Closing in on a two-hour running time, Fright Night can feel eternal.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 18, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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"Fright Night" is the best thing to happen to horror movies since red food coloring and Karo syrup.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 18, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Knowingly blends Eighties cheese with Nineties snark -- a combination that works better than it sounds.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

August 18, 2011
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Gillespie's movie is light and enjoyably foul, and part of the pleasure of watching is the evident pleasure everyone involved had in making it.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

August 18, 2011
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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The new Fright Night is actually an improvement in many ways -- it's good enough, and entertaining enough, and scary enough. It's just that by Labor Day, you'll probably forget you even saw it.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

August 18, 2011
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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This "Fright Night" is strictly for horror-movie fans; it's never clever enough to move above its essential silliness.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 18, 2011
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out New York
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Director Craig Gillespie and writer Marti Noxon locate a fertile vein of goofy-scary fun.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

August 18, 2011
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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This decent remake of the '80s vampire favorite should satiate horror fans.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

August 18, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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There's an irrelevance to the movie that the filmmakers, hard as they try, can't quite shake -- something awfully square about the picture: It would have played a lot better a decade ago.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

August 18, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This remake is good fun, aided in no small degree by Colin Farrell's strutting, dead-eyed performance as the bloodsucker and Christopher Mintz-Plasse's early appearance as a geeky classmate of the hero's.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 18, 2011
Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It honors the original throughout, including a memorable nightclub scene and a surprise cameo that's a huge crowd-pleaser, while at the same time giving updates to make it fresher and better than ever.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

August 18, 2011
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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At least this new version stays true to its origins by having a bit of cheeky fun, and the way it contemporizes the story is really rather clever.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 18, 2011
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Aside from some cosmetic changes, little of what this Fright Night offers elevates it above the classification of "unnecessary."

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

August 18, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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As vampire movies go, "Fright Night" is a pretty good one.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 18, 2011
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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...it delivers its knowingly unrefined thrills in a smart, engaging and not unpleasantly ruthless way, and never lets its cheekiness get in the way of its creepiness.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 17, 2011
Robert Koehler
Variety
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A cleverly balanced mix of scares and laughs that is funnier and more terrifying than the 1985 original on which it's based.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 17, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Farrell is so good at playing characters with a lack of morals or decency that Jerry is a perfect role for him.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 17, 2011
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