A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

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7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 72 Ratings

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  • Summary: In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Feb 20, 2015
    100
    As an artist who can craft an ebullient postmodern pastiche but maintains links to an idiosyncratic heritage, Amirpour has instantly become one of the most exciting, globally relevant filmmakers working today. Her film is a testament both to her own creativity and the infinite elasticity of the vampire mythos.
  2. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Mar 22, 2014
    91
    It's a new vampire classic, one to treasure endlessly.
  3. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Mar 22, 2014
    90
    Beguiling in its strangeness, yet also effortlessly evoking recognizable emotions such as loneliness and the feeling of being stuck in a dead-end town and life, this moody and gorgeous film is finally more about atmosphere and emotions than narrative -- and none the worse for it.
  4. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Mar 22, 2014
    80
    It etches a sweet, sad and solemnly fatalistic love story between feeding times.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Nov 20, 2014
    80
    Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. (What a terrific title!) This precocious, faux-primitive first feature, in Persian with English subtitles, and a sensationally eclectic score, was shot in wide-screen black-and-white, and frequently mimics the dreamlike rhythms of silent films.
  6. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Jan 1, 2015
    75
    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is gorgeous to behold and up to its jugular vein in quirky/spooky atmosphere.
  7. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Nov 19, 2014
    58
    For much of the movie, nothing happens, and it’s not the rigorous, locked-in nothing of the long-take art film, but the slow-motion, music-montage nothing of the artsy American indie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. May 6, 2015
    10
    No matter where you were born at, if you're born female, you're in deep trouble....female power to the people ! :)....the scene where vampireNo matter where you were born at, if you're born female, you're in deep trouble....female power to the people ! :)....the scene where vampire mimics the moves of the junkie is one of the best in cinematography, a true masterpiece that chills your spine without a drop of blood being spilled....watch and learn all of you Saw, Asylum, Hostel and other directors.... Expand
  2. Mar 9, 2015
    9
    "Cool" in the way cool used to be used when it was a vibe and a look rather than an endorsement.
    Superbly shot with an excellent use of
    "Cool" in the way cool used to be used when it was a vibe and a look rather than an endorsement.
    Superbly shot with an excellent use of soundtrack. Reminiscent of the languid stylings of Jarmusch but with the fun self-awareness of Tarantino and curatorial taste. As if Raymond Pettibon's cover art for Sonic Youth's Goo came to life as an Iranian Vampire flick.
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  3. Oct 6, 2015
    8
    This could perhaps be one of the best vampire movies I’ve ever seen, coming close to ‘Let The Right One In’. The film is astonishingly creepyThis could perhaps be one of the best vampire movies I’ve ever seen, coming close to ‘Let The Right One In’. The film is astonishingly creepy and eerie, every time the vampire is on screen you are on the edge of your seat never really knowing what is going to happen.
    The film is stunningly shot with some absolutely gorgeous cinematography; some scenes look like they’re straight out of a painting. The use of black and white in this film also really adds to how much of a desolate ghost town “Bad City” is. The film even has a slight Tarantino feel to it without it really being like a Tarantino film at all. This is some truly impressive cinema.
    The pacing is relatively slow but it is engaging and due to how tense scenes can get you keep watching no matter how slow it goes.
    Performances are also good here, with the actor who played the vampire bringing an excellent performance.
    Standout scenes would – pretty much – be any scene that the vampire is in.
    There is obviously more going on in this film with its symbolism, imagery and overall message but I couldn’t fully give you a good explanation of it. I have a rough idea but I’ll re-watch it to get a better insight into it, and the film should be relatively easy to re-watch due to its beautiful shots.
    An exceptional vampire film you SHOULD check out.
    8/10
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  4. Jul 16, 2015
    7
    In terms of aesthetic and artistic elements, the movie works perfectly and endorses a really unique environment. In terms of behavior, "TheIn terms of aesthetic and artistic elements, the movie works perfectly and endorses a really unique environment. In terms of behavior, "The Girl" acts as the best vampire I have ever seen on screen. The film is worth it. Expand
  5. Dec 5, 2015
    7
    Brilliantly shot, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a good film and a great debut by director Ana Lily Aminpour, who immediately becomes aBrilliantly shot, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a good film and a great debut by director Ana Lily Aminpour, who immediately becomes a woman to keep an eye on. The acting is very good as well, but the real star here is the camera. With the film being light on plot, the camera work steals the show and really pulls out all of the possible beauty in the film. In addition, the atmosphere cultivated by Aminpour and the composer is great as it really keeps you on edge, though I certainly wish there was more a pay-off when it comes to vampires and the sucking of blood. Nowhere near as scary or horrorish as it should have been, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night falls short of being great for that reason and unlike other films that fall short here (Let the Right One In, another vampire flick, for example) it does not offer enough to overcome that. Regardless, it is a very good work that deserves praise. Expand
  6. Nov 23, 2014
    6
    That it's the first Iranian vampire film is really the only thing going for it when compared to other vampire flicks. It's kind of art-houseThat it's the first Iranian vampire film is really the only thing going for it when compared to other vampire flicks. It's kind of art-house (meaning dull and slow), although it has a few decent parts. It never really picks up any sort of pace, and the slow, meandering script lacks any real emotional centre.

    I have the feeling that if it wasn't the first Iranian vampire film, the critics wouldn't be so smitten with it.
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  7. Jan 4, 2015
    5
    After a pretty sensational opening 20 minutes, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT becomes a classic case of style over substance. And sadly, theAfter a pretty sensational opening 20 minutes, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT becomes a classic case of style over substance. And sadly, the style is nothing new. But those first 20 minutes show real talent and an ability to appropriate a culture while simultaneously criticizing and celebrating it. In this case, the appropriated culture is American pop culture in Iran. Sadly, the film doesn't hang on and eventually loses its way. Expand

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