Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is one of the worst films of the year."
‑ Michael Phillips, At the Movies
"We never get under the skin of anyone here. Freaks never become characters. They're objects of derision."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"teenybopper fiction brought to life on the big screen, realized as the first installment in a potential franchise that fails to offer reasons why mainstream audiences will want to follow it any further."
‑ Todd Gilchrist,
"Promises more depth and substance than it delivers, leaving all the fireworks of the visuals to drive the film's appeal"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Reilly's Crepsley makes both the afterlife and any sequels to come equally appealing prospects."
‑ William Goss, Orlando Weekly
"Unfortunately Weitz can't quite get a handle on what the film should be, despite teaming up with the talented Brian Helgeland on the script."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"Harry Potter needn't call time out on his Quidditch game, and Edward Cullen can stick to his beauty rest."
‑ Adam Graham, Detroit News
"The film was based on a series of twelve books (that) must've screamed "franchise pay cheques!" to actors like Dafoe, Hayek and Reilly, who would usually have known better."
‑ Simon Foster,
"This adaptation never quite reaches the sunlight. The difficulty is the credible integration of the normal world with that of the freaks"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Plenty of good elements here, but a lack of cohesion and a lackluster performance by the lead actor make the film at best a decent rental."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"A vampire movie in sore need of a transfusion."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Mixing horror and comedy while minimizing the gore, writer-director Paul Weitz serves up a witty adventure fantasy with a tasty dollop of schadenfreude."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Weitz's screenplay (with Brian Helgeland) contains liberal splashes of humour, but in the end the film lacks an emotional hook, perhaps thanks to the lacklustre performances of the young leads."
‑ Cris Kennedy, Screenwize
"What in the heck is going on here? Not scary, not funny. The story gets lost in the woods. Paul Chambers, CNN."
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"Not a thing in this movie is subtle, from its cheesy special effects to its by-the-numbers storyline to its cardboard cutout characters."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
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