Blade (1998)

British director Stephen Norrington helmed this David S. Goyer adaptation of the Marvel Comics character created in 1973 by scripter Marv Wolfman and artist Gene Colan. In the Tomb of Dracula comic book origin, just before Blade's… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 21, 1998
DVD Release Date: December 22, 1998
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though some may find the plot a bit lacking, Blade's action is fierce, plentiful, and appropriately stylish for a comic book adaptation.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

For a while, anyway, this vampire picture flies.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

What is unusual about the film is the way it combines high-tech violence with the more up-close-and-personal violence of vampires. These characters and the aggressive way they attack each other justify all the film's considerable noise.

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Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Filter out the gloss, the gore and the insistent techno score, and all you're left with are the gleaming pecs and bulging biceps of Wesley Snipes as Buff the Vampire Slayer.

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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

Has the comic-book movie reached the end of the line? The glumly familiar, been-there-done-that aspect of Blade certainly suggests so.

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Gene Seymour
Los Angeles Times

Such techno-action may give Blade enough power for a sequel, but one is left wondering whether there's any room for its central character to sustain interest beyond this flashy debut.

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Andy Klein
New Times

Sad then to say that Blade is, at best, second-rate pulp, hampered by excessive length, a thematically meandering screenplay, and a general lack of excitement.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Blade is often ridiculous, mostly poorly written and, surprisingly poorly acted too.

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John Krewson
AV Club

Creative cinematography and non-stop, decently choreographed gratuitous violence make watching this comic-book movie entertaining. In fact, it's arguably the best comic-book movie of the year.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Wesley Snipes has the chops to play Blade, and turns the character in to a vampire hunting John Shaft.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Josh Lewis
A fun little comic book movie that is obviously a little dated today, but still a fun watch. Wesley Snipes makes a great Blade and makes him a pretty cool… More
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Eugene Bernabe
The script can be labeled as bland, but Blade is true to its comic-book origins and stylish. The film, with the help of Wesley Snipes, is bloody, action-packed… More
Alex roy
Blade for me changed the style of the vampire film...and not in a good way. I just can't grasp the idea behind this film. I like action horror flicks, but… More
Christian C
Despite Snipes' poor acting ability, it's an exciting vampire action film.
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A half-human half-vampire warrior who hunts and kills his would-be brethren is captured by his arch enemy who plots to use his blood to raise a vampire god.… More