Blade (1998)

British director Stephen Norrington helmed this David S. Goyer adaptation of the Marvel Comics character created in 1973 by scripter Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan. In the Tomb of Dracula comic book origin, just before Blade's… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 22, 1998
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though some may find the plot a bit lacking, Blade's action is fierce, plentiful, and appropriately stylish for a comic book adaptation.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

Hopelessly dated before its release.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

There are lots of stunts, chase sequences and so much computer morphing that the effects house must have been offering it at discount.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Wesley Snipes has the chops to play Blade, and turns the character in to a vampire hunting John Shaft.

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Dennis Harvey

Though slick and diverting in some aspects, increasingly silly pic has trouble meshing disparate elements -- horror, superhero fantasy, straight-up action -- into a workable whole.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Lots of exploding heads and oceans of blood, moves fast and with no discernible meaning but looks good.

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Maria Llull
Common Sense Media

Boring vampire blood bath isn't for kids.

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Time Out

An attempt to redefine cutting edge horror, this techno-vampire pic is spoiled by the same weak storytelling and flashy, computer game visuals.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Eventually, Blade loses its edge.

Steve Biodrowski

Allows Wesley Snipes to show off his athletic prowess, but the storytelling leaves quite a bit to be desired.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Josh Lewis
A fun little comic book movie that is obviously a little dated today, but still a fun watch. Wesley Snipes makes a great Blade and makes him a pretty cool… More
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Eugene Bernabe
The script can be labeled as bland, but Blade is true to its comic-book origins and stylish. The film, with the help of Wesley Snipes, is bloody, action-packed… More
Alex roy
Blade for me changed the style of the vampire film...and not in a good way. I just can't grasp the idea behind this film. I like action horror flicks, but… More
Christian C
Despite Snipes' poor acting ability, it's an exciting vampire action film.
xGary Xx
A half-human half-vampire warrior who hunts and kills his would-be brethren is captured by his arch enemy who plots to use his blood to raise a vampire god.… More