Byzantium (2013)

BYZANTIUM is director Neil Jordan's (Interview with the Vampire, The Crying Game) sexy and stylish fantasy thriller about mother and daughter vampires dealing with the pitfalls of eternal life. Two mysterious women seek refuge in a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 28, 2013
DVD Release Date: October 29, 2013
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Neil Jordan remains as expert as ever when it comes to setting a chilling mood, but Byzantium struggles to match its creepily alluring atmosphere with a suitably compelling story.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Jordan is no stranger to the yearnings of vampires. He directed Interview With the Vampire. But Byzantium is a kinder, gentler yet pretty durn bloody affair.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Byzantium has a few moves that might surprise you. They have nothing to do with blood, but everything to do with the heart.

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

[Clara and Eleanor] are not technically human, but it's the human relationship between them that the film is confident to show us. And Byzantium seems most comfortable, most intimate, when its two bright actresses give us just that.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Go ahead, bite.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

A confusing yet eye-pleasing tale that struggles to breathe new life into the well-worn mythology.

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Scott Weinberg

Some "vampire stuff" you've seen before, a few new ideas that work, two great performances, and a lot of skilled veterans behind the camera.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A drama that feels both strenuously earnest and impossible to take seriously.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Neil Jordan's sensitive and very slow exploration of vampire angst. That the film also seems intended as some kind of vampire feminist statement makes it a rare combination of mildly boring and mildly hilarious.

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Kevin A. Ranson

evenly split between a character piece and a mystery thriller...if you're looking for an interesting and different take on vampire legend, check into the Byzantium...

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
The film's opening gives the feeling that it has a dark secret to be revealed, layer by layer, as it proceeds. Unfortunately, there's only… More
Wildaly M
I seriously don't know why this film's so dark and gloomy. It's taking itself too seriously when it's not even interesting.
Edward Boxler
Byzantium will test the patience for some horror movie fans, particularly those who enjoy cheap boo scares every two minutes. But if you let this (slightly… More
JY Skacto
<i>Byzantium</i> gets the slow vampire blood drain from Neil Jordan.<p>Nearly pulling its way to 2 hours of screen time, the film manages to… More
Cynthia S.
3 3/4's--The director does a good job of creating a brooding, dark, and foreboding atmosphere. The storyline keeps you interested, as the story of the two… More
Daniel Mumby
Throughout its long and varied history, the horror genre has been criticised for the roles that it accords to women. Horror films are regularly accused of being… More