Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
Watch On
  1. 80
    Decent vampire movies are few and far between, and I’m having a hard time remembering a recent one that impressed me like 30 Days of Night.
  2. Reviewed by: James Dyer
    80
    This slick and sticky horror is the most accomplished treatment of vampire lore since Near Dark.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    75
    It loses some of its bite by film's end, but 30 Days of Night manages to do for the vampire genre what "28 Days Later" did for the zombie flick: give age-old monsters a modern-day makeover.
  4. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    75
    It's a bloodsucker's paradise.
  5. It's not perfect or "Shining"-level inspired, but it's solid.
  6. A well-paced and entertaining horror debut.
  7. 75
    Works on its own terms, which is more than can be said of most horror films these days. If this is the kind of movie you're looking for, it delivers.
  8. Directed by David Slade ("Hard Candy"), the action scenes are artful and terrifying; these killers move so quickly and decisively, there seems to be no hope for humanity.
  9. 67
    These days, it's dark everywhere. Which makes Slade's wild, often exhilarating neo-Western ride into frostbit vampirism something of a respite, albeit one awash gore.
  10. 67
    Which is more interesting: Vampires fighting over the potential long-term blowback of their Alaskan buffet, or a couple of exes bonding under duress? Seems like an easy decision, but 30 Days Of Night makes the wrong choice.
  11. 63
    Mark Boone Jr. makes a vivid impression as eccentric loner Beau Brower, and Danny Huston is mesmerizing as the leader of the shrieking, slashing, wallowing-in-gore bloodsuckers. They effortlessly eclipse the rest of the cast.
  12. Like most kiddies games, this one starts out fun and then gets tired. Inevitably, that's when Slade tries to revive our interest by upping the gore quotient.
  13. 63
    It is well-made, well-photographed and plausibly acted, and is better than it needs to be.
  14. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    A proficient, atmospheric fangfest that does nothing you haven't seen before but still does it passably well.
  15. 63
    Based on a graphic novel, 30 Days of Night opens with a premise so promising it seems almost impossible to screw up.
  16. Reviewed by: Eric Alt
    63
    It's all pulled off with a firm sense of the fun in being scared.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 187 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 78
  2. Negative: 17 out of 78
  1. WJS
    Jun 13, 2015
    6
    Some very effective scare and gore scenes and some well executed performances can't help the lack of a cohesive narrative. It is anSome very effective scare and gore scenes and some well executed performances can't help the lack of a cohesive narrative. It is an interesting premise though and Danny Huston is quite effective as the leader of the pack of marauding vampires. Full Review »
  2. Aug 26, 2014
    10
    If you want to see a good vampire horror movie,check out 30 days of night.There is a lot of blood,action and the movie is really scary.TheIf you want to see a good vampire horror movie,check out 30 days of night.There is a lot of blood,action and the movie is really scary.The actors are really good and the vampires are really scary. Full Review »
  3. Mar 17, 2014
    10
    Just logged in to raise the bloody score on this horror diamond. The only reason I can find for not rating this movie an 8+ is NOT to be aJust logged in to raise the bloody score on this horror diamond. The only reason I can find for not rating this movie an 8+ is NOT to be a horror fan. It has vamps, eternal night, gore, splatter and original story from a terrific comic. Full Review »