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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: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  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. Nov 22, 2014
    9
    I love watching movies that feel like discoveries and revelations of vital new talent. This movie is smart, fun, slick, provocative, and kindI love watching movies that feel like discoveries and revelations of vital new talent. This movie is smart, fun, slick, provocative, and kind of beautiful. Expand
  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. Feb 10, 2015
    7
    This movie has a lot of really great moments to it--I loved all the scenes with the two protagonists, for instance, and a lot of others. WhenThis movie has a lot of really great moments to it--I loved all the scenes with the two protagonists, for instance, and a lot of others. When they meet for the second time, he's dressed as Dracula and coming from a party and he tells her not to be afraid of him--not realizing, of course, that she's the real vampire, which is a hilarious bit of dramatic irony for us watching. However, there were a lot of very long musical interludes with abstract shots which were beautiful, but (for me at least) slowed down the film and the story I was interested in. Still, the central story and the main characters were incredibly compelling, and in my opinion, the movie ends perfectly, so it's worth the wait to get there. Expand
  6. Nov 28, 2014
    6
    The movie certainly looks cool, and the lead actress has amazing presence, but it's slow as molasses, which is a problem for a motion picture.The movie certainly looks cool, and the lead actress has amazing presence, but it's slow as molasses, which is a problem for a motion picture. I can't imagine who the target audience for this film is. Definitely not horror fans. I can see where it would be cathartic for a Persian woman living in Iran or another country in the middle east which is not so progressive when it comes to women's rights. I just wish the writer/director would have taken the story a bit further. Expand
  7. May 12, 2015
    5
    I agree with LowbrowCinema in that this film is a classic case of style over substance. The cinematography is gorgeous, but the plot leavesI agree with LowbrowCinema in that this film is a classic case of style over substance. The cinematography is gorgeous, but the plot leaves little to be desired. It does a good job establishing a tone of creepiness and melancholy, but, alas, atmosphere alone is rarely enough to sustain a feature film for the entire running time. Expand

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