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Queen of the Damned Reviews

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.
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.
August 14, 2007
The film is vampire roadkill.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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February 9, 2006
Rice's complex, sprawling novel is rendered virtually incomprehensible by a combination of lacklustre direction, risible dialogue and shoddy effects.
January 21, 2003
Screenwriters Scott Abbott and Michael Petroni have turned Rice's complex Akasha into a cartoon monster.
July 20, 2002
Queen of the Damned leaves us puzzled as to why the term 'damned' applies at all, when vampirism is depicted as so cool, fashion-savvy and glamorous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 13, 2002
The performances are so leaden, Michael Rymer's direction is so bloodless and the dialogue is so corny that the audience laughs out loud.
March 4, 2002
... too gory to be a comedy and too silly to be an effective horror film.
February 26, 2002
Aaliyah fans, as well as fans of charisma, sex, and violence, will be sorely disappointed.
February 26, 2002
Rymer doesn't trust laughs -- and doesn't conjure proper respect for followers of the whole dead-undead genre, who deserve more from a vampire pic than a few shrieky special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 22, 2002
Devoid of even MTV-caliber originality.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
February 22, 2002
Plays out rather drearily.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
February 22, 2002
[S]o dull that you may be tempted to slip the projectionist 50 bucks to turn on the house lights and see what happens to the vampire cast.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 22, 2002
[A] boldly stroked, luridly coloured, uni-dimensional nonsense machine that strokes the eyeballs while it evaporates like so much crypt mist in the brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 22, 2002
For any of those die-hards still shunning daylight while anxiously awaiting the release of Queen of the Damned, I have two words for you: sunblock, matinee. Or, try this pair: dollar theater.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 22, 2002
Directed by Australian filmmaker Michael Rymer, who showed promise in the low-key Angel Baby, Queen of the Damned is self-serious, pointless and silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 22, 2002
At its best, Queen is campy fun like the Vincent Price horror classics of the '60s. At its worst, it implodes in a series of very bad special effects.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 22, 2002
Queen of the Damned wouldn't be so bad if it weren't so boring.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 22, 2002
Aaliyah rarely dampens her diva persona enough to spark genuine chemistry with Townsend. When she speaks, her creepy Egyptian demigod voice is as computer processed and overproduced as it was in her music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 22, 2002
... the kind of mess that never should have made it to theaters.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 22, 2002
When Queen of the Damned knows it's ridiculous, it's moderately entertaining fun; when it tries to be serious, it's truly ridiculous.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 22, 2002
There's a bit of thematic meat on the bones of Queen of the Damned, as its origins in an Anne Rice novel dictate, but generally, it's a movie that emphasizes style over character and substance.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 22, 2002
... a visually seductive, unrepentantly trashy take on Rice's second installment of her Vampire Chronicles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2002
None of it makes the least bit of sense, and it's all utterly ridiculous.
February 22, 2002
The movie doesn't reach the level of camp goofiness attained by films like The Mummy Returns and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, perhaps because the filmmakers labor under the impression that Anne Rice's works must be treated respectfully.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 22, 2002
Queen of the Damned degenerates into a lot of dull declaiming and attitudinizing, despite a sly tongue -in-cheek quality brought by a preening Stuart Townsend to the Lestat role he inherited from the utterly humorless Tom Cruise.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
February 22, 2002
Undemanding cheesy fun.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 21, 2002
If legendary shlockmeister Ed Wood had ever made a movie about a vampire, it probably would look a lot like this alarming production, adapted from Anne Rice's novel The Vampire Chronicles.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
February 21, 2002
The late R&B star Aaliyah haunts an Anne Rice adaptation that feels like a vampire's life: It goes on forever.
February 21, 2002
... the movie is just a plain old monster.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
February 21, 2002
A muddled limp biscuit of a movie, a vampire soap opera that doesn't make much sense even on its own terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
February 21, 2002
... a gloppy miasma of goo, blood and annoying sound effects.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
February 21, 2002
Avoid this heavy metal hell at all costs.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
February 12, 2002
Directed with goth pizzazz and brains by Michael Rymer.