The Moth Diaries

2012

The Moth Diaries (2012)

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Acclaimed director Mary Harron returns with the chilling story of Rebecca (Sarah Bolger), a young girl who, haunted by her father's suicide, enrolls in an elite boarding school for girls. Before long, Rebecca's friendship with the popular Lucy (Sarah Gadon) is shattered by the arrival of a dark and mysterious new student named Ernessa (Lily Cole). Rebecca, whose overtures of concern are rejected by Lucy, finds herself lost and confused. Rebecca starts to suspect that Ernessa is a vampire, but, despite the suspicious deaths that begin to occur, her fears are treated as simple girlish jealousy. As the bodies of young girls pile up and the line between reality and the supernatural starts to blur, Rebecca decides to take matters into her own hands and get rid of Ernessa. -- (C) IFC

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Way too serious for its own good.

Aug 9, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Roiling with jealousy, suicide and latent lesbian urges, "The Moth Diaries" dances on the border between hallucination and reality without fully committing to either.

Apr 19, 2012 | Rating: 3/5

The Moth Diaries fails to frighten, titillate or otherwise engage the imagination.

Apr 19, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Harron can do little with this bloodless drama, a shadow of such quiet vampire treats as "Let the Right One In" and "The Addiction."

Apr 19, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Harron, a supremely intelligent adaptor who did wonders with the screen version of Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho, simply doesn't have the chops to give this story the florid kick it needs.

Apr 19, 2012 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
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Where are the shivers? The girls are properly fragile, ethereal and neurotic, but the way Ms. Harron gingerly moves them around like porcelain dolls is too careful to stir up much terror.

Apr 17, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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The pseudo vampire film The Moth Diaries is a weak and monotonous attempt at a psychological thriller. There are some interesting themes and an intriguing set up, but there's no follow through. In a standard Dracula story arc, a young boarding school student named Rebecca begins to suspect that a new student named Ernessa isn't what she seems and is attempting to seduce and kill her friend Lucy. The casting is pretty good, and features Sarah Bolger, Lily Cole, Valerie Tian, and Scott Speedman. But the writing is especially poor, bringing up questions and mysteries that are never answered. While The Moth Diaries does a fairly decent job at building suspense and tension, there's no payoff to any of it.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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Pleasantly surprised. I expected very little from this (actually I expected another crap movie, and following on from Vampire Academy, seemed to be my night for it). Genuinely creepy and suspenseful boarding school story with a cast that can actually act. The one flaw was the rushed ending, it felt too quick and easy, and at just 78 minutes, the movie was hardly out wearing it's welcome and could have stood a little more fleshing out. Enjoyed this, though.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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½

Interesting movie. Dark. Mysterious. A little slow. Not as bad as the low ratings would suggest.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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My main problem with it, is that its quite slow. I also didn't care for the narrative. Other than that, I thought it was a good story, and I liked the atmosphere of the movie. I thought the leads were good. Not amazing or anything, but definitely not bad. Overall, it was interesting and kept me guessing, who was going to be the next victim, but it's not something I plan seeing again. It was all right.

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