Shadow of the Vampire Reviews

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April 16, 2003
Guarantees that you'll never watch the source material in the same way again.
February 25, 2003 incredibly uneven flick.
February 7, 2003
Horror is as old as movie pictures, but this film shows it still holds dark depths to explore.
January 10, 2003
An entertaining but hollow venture, all bark but no bite.
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.
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.
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.
October 21, 2002
There's enough fun in this to make it worth seeing, and Dafoe's performance is a must-see.
October 18, 2002
If you're into seeing different smaller movies with great acting, again, run to see this.
October 10, 2002
A virtual treasure chest for film buffs.
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.
August 29, 2002
We are treated to an interesting take on the vampire legend ...
August 2, 2002
A remarkable study of obsessive filmmaking that ranks as one of the best movies of the year.
May 30, 2002
Vale como curiosidade para os cinéfilos e para os fãs da obra de Murnau.
May 25, 2002
...tells the story of a filmmaker who wants to make a great horror movie. Nothing more, nothing less.
May 9, 2002
It is, essentially, a goof. A meticulously crafted and exuberantly acted goof, but in the end no more than that.
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 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.
March 5, 2002
It's way too disjointed to really say what the intent of the endeavor really was.
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