The Hunger
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The exquisitely beautiful Catherine Deneuve plays Miriam, a centuries-old vampire capable of bestowing the gift of immortality on her lovers -- namely her current partner John (David Bowie). To sustain their sanguinary requirements, the pair cruises New York nightclubs in search of victims (as illustrated in a stunning opening sequence to the accompaniment of "Bela Lugosi's Dead" performed by seminal Goth band Bauhaus). When John awakens one morning to discover telltale signs of aging, it is revealed that his own sustained youth is not permanent, and his physical decrepitude… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

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"In his feature debut, director Tony Scott, brother of Ridley, exhibits the same penchant for eleborate art direction, minimal, humorless dialog and shooting in smoky rooms."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The movie reeks with chic, but never, for one minute, takes itself too seriously, nor does it ever slop over into camp."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Vampire movies were always cool, but it took The Hunger to make them modern."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"More style than substance, and perhaps simply an excuse to get Denueve and Susan Sarandon, Miriam's post-Bowie love, in bed together."
‑ Raoul Hernandez, Austin Chronicle
"Nearly unwatchable lesbian vampire flick."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Visual sensualities will have a feast, but you'll have to read Whitley Strieber's novel if you don't want to emerge with a badly scratched head."
‑ , Time Out
"The obsessive conjunction of lesbian sex and flowing blood suggests a deep-seated misogyny, but neither this nor any other theme is registered with enough clarity to offend."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Bloody lesbian-vampire story is stylish, but no Twilight."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"A slick, largely empty visual exercise with vague thematic overtones about a clash between American and European culture."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In The Hunger, like in that ludicrous advertisement for Britney Spears's Curious perfume, sexual desire simply provokes postmodern psychotropic episodes."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"The Hunger is an agonizingly bad vampire movie, circling around an exquisitely effective sex scene. Sorry, but that's the way it is, and your reporter has to be honest."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"As good a horror film in the most pure, rarefied sense of "horror" that the '80s produced in English."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The focus of Hunger is emphatically the death of Bobby Sands, specifically, what happens to his body, viewed from a tragic outside and, to an imaginative extent, a determined inside."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Deneuve and Sarandon are something else."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Style over substance in this vampire drama."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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