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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 22, 2009
It's ... a mess. The movie is shot through with curious disconnects. Often within a single sequence of events, we won't know where we are, or how they're related in space or time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
October 22, 2009
Is it too much to ask that a narrative film have a beginning, a middle, and an end?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
October 26, 2009
This is one of the worst films of the year.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
October 22, 2009
It's hard to escape the feeling that this is one film that already has its eye on the next chapter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Leo Robson
Financial Times
October 23, 2009
Cirque du Freak is a lame comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
October 20, 2009
The vampire trend continues, but the only authentic bloodsuckers in Cirque du Freak are its producers and studio execs.
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
October 23, 2009
This is a young person's film, make no mistake, but one which holds back on completely adhering to the fang frenzy youngsters have been going bat shit for recently, consequently sealing its own fate.
Toby Young
Times (UK)
October 23, 2009
The biggest shortcoming of Cirque du Freak is the absence of a proper, self-contained story. So convinced is Weitz that his film is going to spawn a dozen sequels that he spends most of his time setting up the characters and their relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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+
James Rocchi
October 23, 2009
But there's a thin sheen of flop sweat on The Vampires Assistant, as if it's thinking its hoped-for sequels... it's like being on a first date and having the other party reach across the table ... and ask you if you want chicken or fish for the guests at
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
October 23, 2009
The non-actors artlessly stumble through scenes that might best be described as lifeless. Meanwhile, the over-actors project far beyond the camera lens. Miles beyond. Say, Transylvania.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
October 23, 2009
Unreeling like a feature-length trailer, 'Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant' suffers from premature sequelitis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 23, 2009
A vampire movie in sore need of a transfusion.
Dave Bradley
SFX Magazine
October 30, 2009
More of a curio than a serious contender for the next gothic craze.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Edward Douglas
October 21, 2009
It's fairly obvious Paul Weitz is trying to mimic the style of Tim Burton ... it's hard not to immediately fault the movie for failing to achieve the same impeccable blend of dark humor and wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
October 24, 2009
Initially fun and imaginative, but it quickly turns into a thrill-less, uneven, lazy and painfully bland mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.75/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 23, 2009
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant is an unwieldy title, but it's perfect for a film that can't figure out what it's trying to do.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Stevens
E! Online
October 23, 2009
Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant doesn't totally suck, though it's not very satisfying either.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Todd Gilchrist
Sci Fi Wire
October 23, 2009
...the first installment in a potential franchise that fails to offer reasons why mainstream audiences will want to follow it any further.
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