Shadow of the Vampire Reviews

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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 23, 2007
At best, this is a dawdling, toothless riff on a vastly superior film. At worst, it's character assassination.
July 14, 2007
Shadow feels like a missed opportunity.
June 24, 2006
Intriguing, eccentric, sporadically entertaining tosh (but tosh all the same).
February 25, 2003
...an incredibly uneven flick.
December 8, 2002
I'm sure this script seemed like a good idea at the time, but the final product feels like a film student's idea of a Saturday Night Live sketch.
October 30, 2002
... the movie is strangely inert and depressingly literal-minded.
October 30, 2002
A brilliant idea and two enjoyably over-the-top central performances, but an ultimately disappointing one-joke movie.
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 24, 2002
Despite the anarchic decadence of the period, the troubled sexuality of Murnau himself, and the loaded parallels involving vampirism, taboo lust, and the cinema, Merhige's pretensions suck this effort dry.
March 5, 2002
It's way too disjointed to really say what the intent of the endeavor really was.
February 7, 2001
I sympathized a bit too dearly with Schreck, who desires sustenance.
February 7, 2001
It makes some good points, but ultimately just stops rather than ends.
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.
January 26, 2001
For all its cleverness and artistry, Shadow is rarely more than a cute idea.
January 25, 2001
An academic exercise driven by adolescent ideas that never shape themselves into a narrative.
January 25, 2001
They could have had a great film if they had just summoned the nerve to concentrate less on the vampire's tics and more on what made his legendary director tick.
January 25, 2001
This vampire doesn't suck your neck, but pulls your leg.
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
Clever, but executed with a disappointing lack of cinematic flair.
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