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BYZANTIUM is director Neil Jordan's (Interview with the Vampire, The Crying Game) sexy and stylish fantasy thriller about mother and daughter vampires dealing with the pitfalls of eternal life. Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara (Gemma Arterton) meets lonely Noel (Daniel Mays), who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan, Hanna, Atonement) befriends Frank (Caleb Landry Jones) and tells him their lethal secret: They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

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"Jordan is no stranger to the yearnings of vampires. He directed Interview With the Vampire. But Byzantium is a kinder, gentler yet pretty durn bloody affair."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Byzantium has a few moves that might surprise you. They have nothing to do with blood, but everything to do with the heart."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Byzantium is a refreshing take on the vampire genre."
‑ Jack Giroux, Film School Rejects
"Clara becomes more the subject of Jordan's empathy than the object of his lust (although there's some of that, too)."
‑ Max Nelson, Film Comment Magazine
"There might be some sort of muddled feminist moral to all this, but by the time the overlong Gothic happenings conclude (with a nicely bloody finale), it's hard to recall what it might have been."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Go ahead, bite."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A confusing yet eye-pleasing tale that struggles to breathe new life into the well-worn mythology."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Although audience fatigue regarding vampires has surely set in...this is a romantic, sensual, bloody good time of a movie for sophisticated adults."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"It's stylish and gory, with excellent performances and a similarly grim approach to the life of a vampire. And it's not really a scary movie, although, whatever it is, it's a good one."
‑ Rob Thomas, Madison Movie
"Byzantium is a connoisseur's vampire film; a vintage red."
‑ Dave Golder, SFX Magazine
"A drama that feels both strenuously earnest and impossible to take seriously."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Neil Jordan's sensitive and very slow exploration of vampire angst. That the film also seems intended as some kind of vampire feminist statement makes it a rare combination of mildly boring and mildly hilarious."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"As the feature jumps backwards and forwards in time, and stories within stories coalesce, a striking tapestry is woven illustrating a world where eternal beings struggle with great change. Jordan's vampiric universe is bloody, adult, and melancholy."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"A gory Gothic thriller whose departures from traditional horror lore give the overworked vampire genre a rejuvenating transfusion of new blood."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Jordan's customarily stylish and elegant direction carries the film, and he's aided by the leads' outstanding performances..."
‑ Aaron Yap, Flicks.co.nz
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