Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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The idea of fusing teen sex-comedy and horror genres into a boffo box-office bonanza seems like classic braindead Hollywood-think... but somehow, beyond all reason, the makers of this film manage to pull it off. Much of the credit goes to director Fran Rubel Kuzui (Tokyo Pop) who chooses wisely to let the jokes and action rip by so quickly that viewers won't have time to realize there's practically nothing going on. Also excellent is Kristy Swanson as the bubble-headed cheerleader who learns from a Van Helsing-ish stranger (Donald Sutherland) that she's, like, the reincarnation of… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Joss Whedon's script has some fun with Valley talk (both genuine and ersatz) but strains to sell the story."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A slight, good-humored film that's a lot more painless than might have been expected."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Production values are low and everything looks cheap, but the film punches above its weight and has a lot of heart."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"Quite why Perry, as romantic interest, is still trying to convince peopel he is of high school age remains a mystery."
‑ , Film4
"Grease in the 80s... with Vampires. Ugh."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"A bloodless comic resurrection of the undead that goes serious just when it should get wild and woolly."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"As a friend tells Buffy while she eyes a fashion purchase, 'It's so five minutes ago.'"
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Buffy isn't funny or scary, it's just mediocre, slowly losing interest in itself as Kuzui runs out of imagination."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"This pallid crossbreeding of vampire horror with Valley Girl vamping has no surprises."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"From this whole thing, who comes out the best? Paul Reubens! Who knew?"
‑ Widgett Walls, Needcoffee.com
"Unfocused stuff, pitched at undemanding teenagers."
‑ , Time Out
"The jokes are pretty good, the premise is just off-the-wall enough to keep you tittering."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Enjoyable, but now basically a footnote to the TV series."
‑ Emma Cochrane, Empire Magazine
"A sometimes entertaining mess. (The TV series is, shockingly, a whole lot better.)"
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"My favorite TV show is Buffy, I still can't believe it came from this horrible movie."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
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