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Shadow of the Vampire Reviews

September 25, 2007
The screenplay, by Steven Katz, suffers from arch, almost unspeakably theatrical dialogue, and, as Murnau, John Malkovich recites his lines as if monomania were synonymous with monotonic: He drains the drama of blood.
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.
June 24, 2006
Intriguing, eccentric, sporadically entertaining tosh (but tosh all the same).
September 26, 2002
It's a marvelous, resonant joke that never quite succeeds: Stretches of the film resemble a Dario Argento horrorfest crossed with a Mel Brooks spoof.
March 22, 2002
Out of such dizzying layers of (un)reality, some sublime films have emerged. Nosferatu was one of them, and this is not -- but, c'mon, credit it with the old college try, a pretty decent effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 7, 2001
This stupid and demeaning fantasy about the shooting of F.W. Murnau's 1922 masterpiece Nosferatu is a piece of postmodernist kitsch whose only redeeming quality is an enjoyably over-the-top, eye-rolling performance by Willem Dafoe.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 6, 2001
A shockingly funny spellbinder.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
January 26, 2001
Dafoe brings a terrifying realism to a character long steeped in mystery.
January 26, 2001
The premise is witty.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 26, 2001
Shadow of the Vampire is so consistently, inventively strange that it's likely to keep you up for an hour or two.
January 26, 2001
Works as a horror flick because Merhige is so adept at establishing an unsettling atmosphere and because Dafoe's performance is so powerfully perverse.
January 26, 2001
Clever.
January 26, 2001
Dafoe's boundary-pushing yet calibrated performance will crack you up.
January 26, 2001
Never less than amusing.
January 26, 2001
Worth seeing for Dafoe's performance alone, a singular mixture of camp and pathos that echoes the tragic, romantic allure of vampires in literature and film.
January 26, 2001
Shadow of the Vampire is at once quite magnificent and extremely silly.
January 26, 2001
On several levels, Shadow of the Vampire is entertainment you can't resist sinking your fangs into.
January 26, 2001
The movie does an uncanny job of re-creating the visual feel of Murnau's film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 25, 2001
An academic exercise driven by adolescent ideas that never shape themselves into a narrative.
January 25, 2001
Diabolically amusing without plunging into the Mel Brooks zone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 25, 2001
Shadow of the Vampire might be the most original film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
January 25, 2001
In dire need of an injection of ideas that will lift it beyond the realm of film-geek cleverness.
January 25, 2001
A feast of fangs bared acting by two exemplars of the form, John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 25, 2001
A vivid, transporting, not easily forgotten homage to genius and the cinema.
January 25, 2001
[Dafoe] gives Shadow both style and substance, flesh and fantasy.
January 25, 2001
An ingenious, diabolical, probably libelous, funhouse of a movie.
Read More | Original Score: B+
January 12, 2001
Dafoe never reverts to campy, movie-monster gestures but seems liberated, consumed by his character, inspired to give a performance that's intuitive and otherworldly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 29, 2000
Director Merhige is remarkably successful at conveying both the heady atmosphere of the German expressionist filmmaking in its heyday and a sense of how wonderful those films actually look, even today.
December 28, 2000
With a project such as this, it's the two central performers who should run with the ball, and they both come through like champs.
December 28, 2000
A bright and original homage to pre-talkie days.
December 28, 2000
Shadow of the Vampire has a weird, flickering magic that is hard to dispel.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 28, 2000
Willem Dafoe's performance in Shadow of the Vampire is so irresistible it not only breaks that cycle but turns an otherwise just adequate film into something everyone will want to take a look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 27, 2000
Manages to turn a highly dubious concept into a subtle and deliciously mordant comedy.
December 25, 2000
In addition to having a wonderful conceit as the basis of the plot and featuring two superlative lead performances, the film pays homage to its inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4