Blade

Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 8 out of 23

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Critic Reviews

  1. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    38
    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]
  2. If only it wasn't such bloody nonsense.
  3. 30
    Adapted from the Marvel Comics series, this movie lacks the mournfulness that sustains a good horror strip; it's trashy, but too deafening and invasive to have the appeal of good pulp.
  4. 30
    A vulgar attempt to revamp the undead genre by introducing computer-generated splatter and a casketful of themes from genetic tinkering to conspiracy theories.
  5. 30
    The few good lines go to Kristofferson and the ever-amusing Kier, but Snipes's considerable energy is buried under an affectless, Terminator-style demeanor.
  6. The action involves lots of second-rate martial-arts choreography (made even less thrilling by the video's pan-and-scan job), while the psychological conflicts are filled with unconvincing angst.
  7. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    25
    Pure hackwork.
  8. 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.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 410 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Nov 18, 2012
    10
    A very entertaining movie with a very good soundtrack, this film is awesome.
  2. 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 aThe 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. Full Review »
  3. May 17, 2015
    10
    Blade is one of the coolest looking comic book action movies. Wesley Snipes is perfectly cast in the movie and the action is astounding. TheBlade is one of the coolest looking comic book action movies. Wesley Snipes is perfectly cast in the movie and the action is astounding. The movie has a dark atmosphere that suits it because it is a vampire movie.
    Blade is enormous fun and the movie doesn't have a dull moment or one unimpressive action scene.
    One of my favourite comic book movies that I will never tire of.
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