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Fright Night Reviews

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
August 31, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
August 19, 2011
Colin Farrell's performance as Jerry is the pulsing, stakeable heart of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
August 19, 2011
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 | Original Score: B
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William Goss
Film.com
August 19, 2011
A remarkably confident remake that boasts its own pleasures more often than not.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 19, 2011
The new Dreamworks/Disney teen horror comedy, Fright Night, falls into the better-than-expected category.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 19, 2011
Voilą! Black magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
August 19, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 19, 2011
Gillespie just wants to alternately amuse and frighten you and, to a large extent, he succeeds.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 19, 2011
Feeble comic one-liners and slow pacing combine for a routine fangfest in this remake of the 1985 film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
August 18, 2011
Fright has matured nicely over the quarter-century. While remaining sharp-tongued, the film knows its place on the teen landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 18, 2011
"Fright Night" isn't quite a classic vampire movie, but it's refreshingly straightforward and self-deprecating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 18, 2011
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 18, 2011
Farrell looks like he's having the time of his 400-year-old life.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 18, 2011
Closing in on a two-hour running time, Fright Night can feel eternal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 18, 2011
"Fright Night" is the best thing to happen to horror movies since red food coloring and Karo syrup.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 18, 2011
Knowingly blends Eighties cheese with Nineties snark -- a combination that works better than it sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 18, 2011
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 18, 2011
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.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 18, 2011
This "Fright Night" is strictly for horror-movie fans; it's never clever enough to move above its essential silliness.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
August 18, 2011
Director Craig Gillespie and writer Marti Noxon locate a fertile vein of goofy-scary fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
August 18, 2011
This decent remake of the '80s vampire favorite should satiate horror fans.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 18, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 18, 2011
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.
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 18, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 18, 2011
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 18, 2011
Aside from some cosmetic changes, little of what this Fright Night offers elevates it above the classification of "unnecessary."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 18, 2011
The film's greatest pleasures come from Noxon's script -- which puts the sexual chaos created by Farrell's attractive bloodsucker front and center -- and from the performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 18, 2011
As vampire movies go, "Fright Night" is a pretty good one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
August 17, 2011
...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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Robert Koehler
Variety
August 17, 2011
A cleverly balanced mix of scares and laughs that is funnier and more terrifying than the 1985 original on which it's based.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 17, 2011
Farrell is so good at playing characters with a lack of morals or decency that Jerry is a perfect role for him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5