Shadow of the Vampire - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Shadow of the Vampire Reviews

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
May 24, 2013
shines forth as a labor of love
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Vampire satire has some creepy moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
February 15, 2010
This strictly-for-the-cinéastes fantasy is wild, warped fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
This is a dark, gothic, and creepy film with excellent performances from John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe.
Lucius Gore
ESplatter
June 25, 2008
... [I]f you like your horror thoughtful and provoking, this is your movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 25, 2007
An imaginatively twisted lesson in film history and a glorious gothic comedy-drama.
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 25, 2007
Wholly absorbing and inspired in parts, this carefully crafted curio dares to suggest that Murnau made a Faustian pact with an actual vampire to play the title role in exchange for the neck of the film's leading lady at production's end.
Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com
April 5, 2006
Through layers of makeup depicting the rat-faced, undead Schreck, a vampire who turns not into a bat but, worse, a demanding prima donna, Dafoe doesn't go over the top, though he does plant his flag at the summit.
John Venable
Supercala.com
December 31, 2005
Incredibly entertaining even without knowledge of Nosferatu.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 30, 2005
In this cookie cutter movie world, it's nice to see the occasional move that doesn't quite fit into a specific genre or can't easily be classified.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 25, 2004
What might have occurred during the filming of Nosferatu leaves one amused but confused about how much of Shadow is a spoof and how much is based in truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 7, 2004
interesting and very good
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Unusual and delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
A sinister delight for the black at heart.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
April 16, 2003
Guarantees that you'll never watch the source material in the same way again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
February 7, 2003
Horror is as old as movie pictures, but this film shows it still holds dark depths to explore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
An entertaining but hollow venture, all bark but no bite.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Christopher Varney
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Impresses on most every conceivable level: as a pure film, as wild, speculative storytelling, and, like Murnau's own Nosferatu, a benchmark ranking among the most ingenious vampire movies ever crafted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
There's enough fun in this to make it worth seeing, and Dafoe's performance is a must-see.
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
October 18, 2002
If you're into seeing different smaller movies with great acting, again, run to see this.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Koller
Senses of Cinema
May 30, 2001
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