The Little Vampire
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Nine-year-old Tony (Jerry Maguire's Jonathan Lipnicki) has just moved with his parents (Tommy Hinkley and Pamela Gidley) to a small town in the Scottish Highlands, where his father is overseeing the building of a golf course for old squire Lord McAshton (John Wood). Tony is picked on by his new classmates and starts dreaming about vampires at night, until one fine evening his dreams seem to summon Rudolph (Rollo Weeks), an aristocratic, wee vampire. Rudolph is among the vegetarian variety of vampires, but tells Tony that his diet has weakened his flying powers. After Tony guides Rudolph to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Vampire cows provide comic relief and many of the scares in this respectfully dark yet optimistic story about a lonely child who befriends a vampire."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"For adults, the film will drag in spots, but it's filled with all those values you hope to instill in your children."
‑ Ernest Hardy,
"Dark movie may frighten some kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Lipnicki has learned how to make cute faces, but his delivery is formulaic and without emotion."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"A sprightly romp, funny, full of life lessons, and scary."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"Much of the film's success is down to the costume design, the novel SFX and the mildly foreboding atmosphere of the mist enshrouded Scottish countryside."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"It offers imagination and humor and a touch of goose bumps."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The Little Vampire is hardly a children's classic, and it will doubtlessly be more at home after it hits the video shelves."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Evocative of Tim Burton's work, the Scottish locations appear as a kind of ghoulish theme park full of ancient stately homes and mouldering, curse-ridden crypts."
‑ Christopher Hawkes, Sight and Sound
"A surprisingly enjoyable kid's movie."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The film reminds us that Harry Potter isn't the whole story in children's literature, reversing the usual vampire movie cliches and advancing a few morals about tolerating differences."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"A nightmare of blandness."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"It's an occupational hazard that you actually have to try to think about movies like this, which just get weirder and weirder the more you consider them."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Excellent stuff -- it won't just be kids that love this film!"
‑ Sam Chambers, ViewLondon
"The characters are engaging and so is the story."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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