Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  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: Andrew O'Hehir
    Nov 21, 2014
    100
    A strange and gorgeous and haunting film that brings the indie aesthetic of the mid-1980s into a context that feels both timeless and highly contemporary.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 22, 2014
    100
    Shot in gorgeously expressionistic black-and-white and fusing multiple genres into a thoroughly original whole, Amirpour has crafted a beguiling, cryptic and often surprisingly funny look at personal desire that creeps up on you with the nimble powers of its supernatural focus.
  4. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Mar 22, 2014
    91
    It's a new vampire classic, one to treasure endlessly.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jan 22, 2015
    90
    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a terrific film, if you give yourself to it. You should, because, with Amirpour's blending of influences and pop culture, she has created a true original.
  6. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Nov 20, 2014
    90
    It is the way in which the writer-director uses the specter of vampires and vices to take an off-center cut at Iranian gender politics and U.S.-Eurocentric pop culture that sets the film apart.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Feb 27, 2015
    88
    Amirpour clearly studied their films and listened to some Sergio Leone spaghetti Western scores while she was at it. The music in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night pulses with a late-night Persian vibe, reverby and twanging, soulful, hypnotic.
  9. Reviewed by: Kiva Reardon
    Jan 22, 2015
    88
    A refreshing take on vampire lore.
  10. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Nov 21, 2014
    88
    Along with Jarmusch, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is steeped in other influences: Spaghetti Westerns, 1950s juvenile delinquent movies, gearhead movies, teenage rom-coms, the Iranian new wave.
  11. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Nov 24, 2014
    80
    It’s wonderfully inventive filmmaking: Amirpour’s striking compositions borrow from the iconography of both the Western and the horror film — wide, evocative vistas are intercut with dark, tense city streets where shadowy figures follow one another.
  12. 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.
  13. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Nov 20, 2014
    80
    The plot’s tired blood is jumped up considerably by style; all in all, it's an intoxicating blend of eerie horror and ’80s pop, made by an artist to keep an eye on.
  14. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Nov 18, 2014
    80
    In the end, this morphing of ideas and styles is more deadpan romantic than sociocritical, and sweeter for it.
  15. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Mar 22, 2014
    80
    It etches a sweet, sad and solemnly fatalistic love story between feeding times.
  16. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jan 8, 2015
    75
    It’s a haunting story of love between two misfits who shouldn’t be together. In its doomed yet somehow hopeful spirit, it’s closer to the noir sensibility of “Let the Right One In” than the pop-horror of “Twilight.”
  17. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jan 3, 2015
    75
    Comparisons have been made to the films of Jim Jarmusch and early David Lynch, both warranted. Amirpour wears her influences like a badge of honor but she also has a nascent sensibility of her own, arguably more feminine and certainly more sensual.
  18. 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.
  19. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Dec 4, 2014
    75
    It’s entertaining and provides the tired vampire genre with a welcome infusion of fresh blood.
  20. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Nov 16, 2014
    75
    To dismiss it as simply an act of hipster appropriation is to cop out, because appropriation is the film's thematic meat.
  21. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Nov 20, 2014
    70
    Even as Ms. Amirpour draws heavily from various bodies of work with vampirelike hunger, she gives her influences new life by channeling them through other cultural forms, including her chador-cloaked vampire.
  22. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Nov 20, 2014
    70
    The film sometimes seems to get lost in self-admiration and its own melancholy mood. Still, Amirpour maintains that mood exquisitely well.
  23. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Nov 24, 2014
    67
    Shot in inky black and white, Ana Lily Amirpour's fractured Farsi fright flick has a spooky, otherworldly quality. It's like an early Jim Jarmusch indie set in Little Tehran at 4 a.m.
  24. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Nov 19, 2014
    60
    While the plot is too light to sink your teeth into, the dreamlike, David Lynch-style imagery is engrossing.
  25. 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.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. 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. Full Review »
  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. 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. Full Review »