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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 8 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    80
    A pulsing, wooshing, visceral experience that amounts to great fun and an entirely disposable movie.
  2. Big as it is, Blade' is meticulous and subtle, not just in its camera technique but in the way it works its themes and creates a mood.
  3. Reviewed by: John Krewson
    70
    Sure, the story is pretty standard, and the dialogue is laughable or worse. But creative cinematography and non-stop, decently choreographed gratuitous violence make watching this comic-book movie—Blade is a minor, almost-forgotten Marvel comic—entertaining.
  4. The noir atmosphere doesn't quite smother the dialogue's cheesy smell.
  5. Although the opening scene suggests a dark urban satire, Blade quickly turns into a cartoonish futuristic action-adventure yarn in which Blade is the only thing keeping humanity from being exterminated by vampires in a hematological holocaust.
  6. Often ridiculous, mostly poorly written and, surprisingly poorly acted too. No matter how many flashy scenes the filmmakers shoot, the bad lines just keep dripping down. [21 Aug 1998]
  7. 20
    Working from a script by David S. Goyer ("Dark City") that lacks any sense of humor or character, Snipes seems unsure if he should vamp it up or play it straight, while Dorff just plain sucks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Nov 18, 2012
    10
    A very entertaining movie with a very good soundtrack, this film is awesome.
  2. Aug 1, 2011
    8
    This movie gets you from the opening club scene of vampire action. Yet another comic I hadnâ
  3. Dec 19, 2012
    8
    Wesley Snipes was definitely the best option for this character which he gives the right personality to, Chris Christofferson it's also a good addition to the movie. The plot could have been better but it's a very entertaining movie and for those familiarized with the comic book are also going to enjoy it. Expand
  4. Jan 8, 2014
    8
    Blade is a film that has aged extremely well. This especially goes for some of the special effects, the action sequences and fight choreography. Moreover, this film not only served as an obvious influence to the Underworld film series, but appears to have set the tone for the more severe atmosphere in the films of the ongoing DC comics revival (Batman series, Man of Steel). This is the type of film that compels me to overlook the cheese and plot holes and enjoys the show. Expand
  5. Jan 14, 2012
    8
    The plot itself was to my liking but the movie itself was comparable to Underworld. I prefer Blade over Underworld on both their debuts as a series. I have yet to see the sequels of either though. The costume was much more nicer in Underworld and I enjoyed the Vampire's sophistication in that movie but the action was much more in Blade by Snipes. Expand
  6. Aug 21, 2013
    5
    Wesley Snipes puts on a charismatic performance as the lead, and the action is intense. However, this is overshadowed by a vaguely written script, and a supporting cast that's wooden at best. Expand
  7. Sep 27, 2011
    4
    "Blade" has its right character with Wesley Snipes as the Vampire hunter Blade. But the movie is bathed in the wrong dialogues and childish scripts. Overall a film you want to watch when free of your time. No more, no less. Expand

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