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

Based on the popular series of books by Darren Shan, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant tells the story of a small-town teen who inadvertently shatters a 200-year-old truce between warring factions of vampires. Sixteen-year-old… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: October 23, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
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Critic Score: 37% 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.

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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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Just another dumb vampire flick.

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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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Todd Gilchrist

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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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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Simon Foster

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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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