Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

Darren Shan's children's book comes to life under the direction of acclaimed writer/director Paul Weitz (About a Boy), with John C. Reilly starring as a vampire who recruits a young teen to aid him with an age-old undead feud in… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 23, 2010
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
38%
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User Score
42%



Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This overstuffed, scattershot vampire flick suffers from poor characterization and an unwieldy mix of scares and chuckles.

Michael Phillips
At the Movies

This is one of the worst films of the year.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

We never get under the skin of anyone here. Freaks never become characters. They're objects of derision.

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Todd Gilchrist
SciFi.com

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.

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

Harry Potter needn't call time out on his Quidditch game, and Edward Cullen can stick to his beauty rest.

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Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

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.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

A vampire movie in sore need of a transfusion.

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Mixing horror and comedy while minimizing the gore, writer-director Paul Weitz serves up a witty adventure fantasy with a tasty dollop of schadenfreude.

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Cris Kennedy
Screenwize

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.


Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Forget the Vampire -- the casting director clearly needs assistance! Dumb and poorly cast, but the film had a strange, Baroque charm that made it mildly… More
Marc Lewis
Once there was a book series called "Cirque Du Freak"...And it ROCKED! The characters were interesting, the plot had plenty of twists, and the story… More
Spencer S.
Playing out much like a young adult fiction book (which it's based off of) it's very clear that the slight disjointed feeling of the plot is the… More
Thomas Johnston
Cute, but being older than the target demographic, I think somethings were lost for me.
Directors Cat
Bad acting in this unfaithful unfantastic adaption to a fantastic book. John C Reilly gives a good performance but even he cant save the film from its… More
Richard C
This wasn't a great movie but I had fun. B

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