Byzantium

Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
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  1. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Jun 27, 2013
    60
    Neil Jordan seems well aware that audiences may be feeling deep fatigue about vampires. So with his latest, the director of Interview With the Vampire makes a vampire film that seeks to reinvent the species, while harking back to a more classical — read: less sparkly — take on the genre.
  2. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    May 12, 2013
    60
    Jordan’s apparent resolve to make an anti-Twilight unfortunately results in a movie that, if not for a fistful of moments of shock, style and excess, would be as drained of colour and tension as Ronan’s victims are of hemoglobin.
  3. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Mar 12, 2013
    58
    It isn’t just the bright colors and the costumes but every visual aspect of Byzantium that sings. Neil Jordan knows where to put the camera. It’s just a shame he wasn’t able to inject a little life inside that frame.
  4. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jun 26, 2013
    42
    The best thing in the movie is Arterton's sultry, claw-baring turn, but mostly it's a rudderless riff on "Let the Right One In."
  5. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    May 12, 2013
    42
    Though given two committed turns by a tremendously sexy and vicious Arterton and a solid-as-always Ronan, Byzantium often feels as gray and lifeless as the corpses in the film.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Aug 15, 2013
    10
    This movie had a feeling of specialty, it had a whole new world of vampires and their living. Saoirse Ronan is electric.

    Beautifully told,
    This movie had a feeling of specialty, it had a whole new world of vampires and their living. Saoirse Ronan is electric.

    Beautifully told, the story of Clara and Eleanor's past unfolds on the background of developing young love.
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  2. Jul 16, 2013
    6
    A vampire mother and daughter escape to a seaside village, where they struggle to continue their anonymous existence. While mom (GemmaA vampire mother and daughter escape to a seaside village, where they struggle to continue their anonymous existence. While mom (Gemma Atherton) establishes a brothel to make money, the daughter (Saoirse Ronan) expresses her desire to tell the truth with lots of flashbacks into their "making." This is not an effects-laden horror flic. They don't have any superhuman powers or even fangs. It's a somber drama that takes it's time, but in the hands of director Neil Jordan (The Borgias,The Crying Game, Interview with the Vampire) it develops into a compelling climax. Full Review »
  3. Jul 17, 2015
    8
    The way I wanted like the old days, great!

    An Irish vampire movie, thus back to where the vampires were originated. There are no good
    The way I wanted like the old days, great!

    An Irish vampire movie, thus back to where the vampires were originated. There are no good vampire movies these days, all those are teen target products which are simply a fantasy flick. In the old days, its horror and terrifying ugly giant beasts, the werewolves were, but in the todays movies they are adorable giant wolves. It's either vampire movie or werewolf, the result is same. 'Twilight' or 'Vampire Academy' and others, just not my type, though watch them for entertainment and to keep up-to-date.

    The reason I watched it is for Saoirse Ronan, because I like her. But Gemma Arterton has been so good like always. To me this is what called a vampire movie. Of course, themes should vary from a movie to another, that does not mean one can completely abandon the basic theory. Neo-gothic is one of that, the present filmmakers forgets, because that kind of set-up gives Dracula effect. This film has been just like everything I wanted, so I enjoyed every bit.

    It is always great to see a movie that portrays the world over the span of 100 or more years. As usual survival and hiding the identity is the main intention for the concept. But from who (other than humans) and why is the suspense that reveals formally at the right time. If you like 'We're the Nights', then this is the right one to pick. But not great as 'Interview with the Vampire' was, in fact, it was directed by the same director.

    7.5/10
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