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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 mother gave birth to Blade, she was bitten by a vampire, which made Blade immune to vampires. Now a vampire hunter, Blade, joined by vampire detective Hannibal King and Dracula-descendent Frank Drake, stalks vampires. In the 1990s (in Marvel's Nightstalkers), Blade teamed with Drake and King in an agency created to fight a variety of supernatural beings. The… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hopelessly dated before its release."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"There are lots of stunts, chase sequences and so much computer morphing that the effects house must have been offering it at discount."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Wesley Snipes has the chops to play Blade, and turns the character in to a vampire hunting John Shaft."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Achieves just the right combination of lore and fetishized action movie."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"A reasonably diverting videogame of a movie but not successful entertainment."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"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."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Lots of exploding heads and oceans of blood, moves fast and with no discernible meaning but looks good."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Boring vampire blood bath isn't for kids."
‑ Maria Llull, Common Sense Media
"great fun"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"You end up with a fast-paced, sci-fi, action hero, monster movie that screams, the makers hope, for a franchise."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"An attempt to redefine cutting edge horror, this techno-vampire pic is spoiled by the same weak storytelling and flashy, computer game visuals."
‑ , Time Out
"Eventually, Blade loses its edge."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Allows Wesley Snipes to show off his athletic prowess, but the storytelling leaves quite a bit to be desired."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"Ideal summer fare: quite enjoyable, and equally disposable."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"[It's] dopey and lifeless."
‑ David Cornelius,
More reviews for Blade on Rotten Tomatoes

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