What We Do in the Shadows

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Smarter, fresher, and funnier than a modern vampire movie has any right to be, What We Do in the Shadows is bloody good fun.

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Vampire housemates (Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh) try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a newly turned hipster (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) some of the perks of being undead.

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Critic Reviews for What We Do In The Shadows

All Critics (185) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (178) | Rotten (7)

  • If Twilight made you queasy and Dark Shadows felt like a missed opportunity, this pitch-perfect genre spoof is worth relishing.

    March 13, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Claudia Puig

    USA Today
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  • I'm so sick of vampires I'd have pounded a stake into my own heart not to have to watch this, but it turns out to be a pitch-perfect spoof of MTV's The Real World and a sly satire on millennial slackerdom.

    March 6, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The New Zealand-made art comedy What We Do in the Shadows is a bracing reminder of how the right burst of energy and style breathes fresh ideas into a genre threatened with creative exhaustion.

    March 6, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • If we see two or three more comedies this year that know what they're doing the way this one does, it'll be a very good year indeed.

    March 6, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Maybe it's something in the water Down Under, but these fellows have managed to concoct a whole new perspective on fangsters.

    March 6, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • Shadows takes what could have been a one-joke sketch and turns it into a very funny, and occasionally even touching, take on brotherhood and friendship...It's certainly more authentic and realistic than recent seasons of The Real World.

    February 26, 2015 | Rating: 4/5

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  • May 10, 2020
    While it's never quite as funny or just overall as good as these creators later works or even the eventual TV show adaptation, WWDitS benefits from it's sheer earnestness and charm. Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement are incredibly enjoyable performers, and what they've put together is a very enjoyable film with a lot of creativity and charm behind it. I have to say that while there are a couple big laughs, there aren't as many as I'd hoped for. However, the movie is relentlessly likable, and while the laughs it does have aren't huge they are pretty consistent. I was mostly at least chuckling through a lot of the movie. There is some clumsiness to the production that comes from something this low budget, but in a lot of cases they work around these things or use them to their benefit as best they can. It's not perfect, and they did polish up on these ideas later on, but for a starting off point it's so eager and just likable I really enjoyed it.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2016
    It has a good premise of filming a mockumentary of vampires living in suburban Wellington but the casting and acting were simply terrible. It's not funny as advertised. They tried with the limited budget but it didn't really work.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2016
    This clever, fun mockumentary from New Zealand about four vampires sharing a flat is a refreshing take on the genre. It has the vampires wrestling with everyday problems, and carrying their human personalities, foibles, and cultural references from hundreds of years ago forward. There were only a couple of laugh out loud moments, but the movie's wry humor had me smiling throughout.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2015
    Not as good as advertised. Silly and sophomoric, which is too bad.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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