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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 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.
  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: 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.
  5. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Dec 4, 2014
    75
    It’s entertaining and provides the tired vampire genre with a welcome infusion of fresh blood.
  6. 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.
  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: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  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. Expand
  2. 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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  3. 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

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