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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Reviews

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Todd Gilchrist
February 15, 2012
teenybopper fiction brought to life on the big screen, realized as the first installment in a potential franchise that fails to offer reasons why mainstream audiences will want to follow it any further.
Simon Foster
August 9, 2010
The film was based on a series of twelve books (that) must've screamed "franchise pay cheques!" to actors like Dafoe, Hayek and Reilly, who would usually have known better.
Cris Kennedy
July 4, 2010
Weitz's screenplay (with Brian Helgeland) contains liberal splashes of humour, but in the end the film lacks an emotional hook, perhaps thanks to the lacklustre performances of the young leads.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 6, 2010
Promises more depth and substance than it delivers, leaving all the fireworks of the visuals to drive the film's appeal
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 6, 2010
This adaptation never quite reaches the sunlight. The difficulty is the credible integration of the normal world with that of the freaks
Paul Chambers
February 10, 2010
What in the heck is going on here? Not scary, not funny. The story gets lost in the woods. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
William Goss
Orlando Weekly
December 17, 2009
Reilly's Crepsley makes both the afterlife and any sequels to come equally appealing prospects.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
December 2, 2009
Plenty of good elements here, but a lack of cohesion and a lackluster performance by the lead actor make the film at best a decent rental.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Cynthia Fuchs
November 19, 2009
Not a thing in this movie is subtle, from its cheesy special effects to its by-the-numbers storyline to its cardboard cutout characters.
November 19, 2009
The funny bits are amusing, the action entertaining, the themes simple, the promise of future tales tantalizing, and the overall feel of the movie is more charming than epic or scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 18, 2009
...a watchable (yet undeniably forgettable) endeavor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 7, 2009
...not the pandering exploitation film you might expect. It's not all pentup sexuality, ripened teen flesh and brooding ashen untouchable boys.
Full Review | Original Score: 88/100
Maitland McDonagh
Horror Hacker
November 3, 2009
A colossal bore of a teen fantasy movie ... crammed with trite, prepackaged lessons.
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
November 2, 2009
Cirque spins its wheels in first installment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/4.0
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 2, 2009
Older moviegoers who can recall the spate of like-minded horror flicks from the 1980s will find much to appreciate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 30, 2009
A fun, energetic adventure with plenty of inoffensive ghoulish touches that should please kid and adult horror buffs alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
October 30, 2009
Inept to the core, The Vampire's Assistant never rises to the occasion.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
October 30, 2009
To some extent, then, Paul Weitz's film is parasitically preying on an established trend, but it also has some fresh blood of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
October 30, 2009
Infinitely more inventive than the sweetly romantic Twilight.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
October 30, 2009
Its high production values - not to mention the world's cutest poisonous spider - can't paper over a tepid and drawn-out plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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