Interview with the Vampire
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Anne Rice's best-selling romantic horror tale about the origins of a centuries-old vampire inspired this popular, atmospheric chiller. One of director Neil Jordan's major Hollywood productions, the film stays close to its source material, retaining the frame of a young reporter (Christian Slater) interviewing a man who claims to be a 200-year-old vampire. The man, Louis (Brad Pitt), shares his story, beginning in 18th-century New Orleans with his first encounters with the charismatic and decadent vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise). Lestat converts Louis to blood-sucking and immortality, but… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's about seduction, and either you succumb to its inky entrapments or you resist. When its mojo was working, I was happy to be had."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"The major problem lies with Rice's own script, which is dramatically repetitive and philosophically banal."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"This Golden Razzie Award-winner for Worst Screen Couple arrives dead and unmoving. And, mortal sin for the genre, it is not scary or campy."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Entertaining but gruesomely gory vampire tale."
‑ Hollis Griffin, Common Sense Media
"Holds plenty of interest, even for those who find Anne Rice's gothic cult novels unreadable."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Why would Tom Cruise be playing Lestat, a gaunt, suave European vampire with a taste for young men? Because a big movie star can do whatever he wants."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Interview with the Vampire promises a constantly surprising vampire story, and it keeps that promise."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"It's a glorified Jean Rollin vampire film that places sexual emphasis on blood sucking and vampirism..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Beautiful to look at and dripping with atmosphere"
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Jordan tries hard to inject some sort of Gothic sensibility into the film's early sequences, but it isn't until the third act, when the film enters the marvellously atmospheric world of the Thibtre des Vampires, that he really draws blood."
‑ , Film4
"The leading performances, if acceptable, are not everything they needed to be to fully flesh out these elegant immortals."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"For all its visionary brilliance, the movie version of Interview never lets us close enough to see ourselves in Louis. We're dazzled but unmoved."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...the movie's aggressively overlong running time often does threaten to negate its positive attributes..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"...something for everyone: heterosexuality, homosexuality, eroticism, murder, mayhem, pedophilia, necrophilia, nudity, gore."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Jordan is a master of poetic, deceptive atmosphere."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
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