Shadow of the Vampire Reviews

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October 19, 2019
"Shadow of the Vampire" is a gory and grandiose metaphor for the torments and sacrifices made, extracted, and endured in the name of art.
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.
Top Critic
April 16, 2001
It's a one-trick pony, but boy, is that trick a thoroughbred.
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.
February 6, 2001
A shockingly funny spellbinder.
January 26, 2001
Dafoe brings a terrifying realism to a character long steeped in mystery.
January 26, 2001
The premise is witty.
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.
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