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: 65% 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.

Sarah Nicole Prickett
Globe and Mail

Female-forward and class-conscious, allegorical and adventurous, Byzantium is almost the anti-Batman.

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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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Chris Alexander
Alexander On Film

"You don't have to be a fang-fetishist to fall in love with Jordan's evocative masterpiece. This is a movie that demands to be just as immortal as its startling heroines."

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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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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

In the end, the pluses just about outweigh the minuses, thanks to Ronan's performance, one delicious late revelation, and Jordan's enduring mastery of melancholic atmosphere and down-at-heel style.

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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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Mark Juddery

A pensive, intelligent vampire-angst movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
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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