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Queen of the Damned Reviews

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 8, 2014
It's mainly an excuse for director Michael Rymer to unleash his arsenal of flashy, MTV-type visuals and Moulin Rouge costume designer Angus Strathie to play dress-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 26, 2012
It's difficult to make a truly boring vampire picture, but the folks behind this draggy adaptation of Anne Rice's bestsellers The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned have done just that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
October 20, 2009
Michael Rymer stages high-tech sequences combining gore, romance, and gothy music, and he has enough conviction to make what could have been very silly strangely provocative.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Aaliyah is gorgeous, but that doesn't save the film's tedious pacing, and cheesy atmosphere in the end.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
September 15, 2008
It isn't great entertainment or camp, but pic sets its ambitions so low, it can't help partially delivering on them.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Aaliyah makes a brief but memorable posthumous appearance about an hour into the nearly incoherent proceedings, which are riddled with unintentional guffaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 22, 2007
Whatever life there is to the movie is what [Aaliyah] brings to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
The film is vampire roadkill.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
December 30, 2006
Perhaps the sole reason to see this film is to pay final tribute to Aaliyah. Too bad it isn't a better movie.

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Wishy-washy and hampered by cliche, sitting through this is like enduring a vampire life: it's one long wait for the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
December 20, 2006
Overall this horror picture, based on Rice's novel, is no good, but lead stuart Townsend gives a far more compelling (and properly campy) performance than Tom Cruise did as Lestat in the high-profile companion piece, Interview With the Vampire.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Rice's complex, sprawling novel is rendered virtually incomprehensible by a combination of lacklustre direction, risible dialogue and shoddy effects.
Michael Dequina
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Queen of the Damned is not a good film, but it's definitely a watchable one.
| Original Score: 2/5
December 6, 2005
Tom Cruise had the good sense to stay away from reprising his role of Lestat in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Andrew Manning
Radio Free Entertainment
January 15, 2004
Aaliyah steals the show as a villainous vampiric vixen in an otherwise ludicrous waste of a story.
| Original Score: 3.5/10
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 7, 2004
This film should have stayed in its coffin and never seen the light of day.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 30, 2003
...the film's disjointed narrative makes it near impossible to ever become completely engrossed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Anne Rice goes heavy metal in Hollywood's latest installment of bloodsucker cinema.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com
May 13, 2003
For a horror film that is supposed to have thrills and lots of gore, one is left feeling they went to see a comedy for all the nonsense there is.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 5, 2003
Vapid, disjointed drivel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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