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  • Summary: 16-year-old Darren was like most kids in his suburban neighborhood. He hung out with his best friend Steve, got decent grades and usually stayed out of trouble. But when he and his buddy stumble upon a traveling freak show, things begin to change inside Darren. That's the exact moment when a16-year-old Darren was like most kids in his suburban neighborhood. He hung out with his best friend Steve, got decent grades and usually stayed out of trouble. But when he and his buddy stumble upon a traveling freak show, things begin to change inside Darren. That's the exact moment when a vampire named Larten Crepsley turns him into something, well, bloodthirsty. Newly undead, he joins the Cirque Du Freak, a touring sideshow filled with monstrous creatures from a snakeboy and a wolfman to a bearded lady and a gigantic barker. As Darren flexes his newfound powers in this dark world, he becomes a treasured pawn between the vampires and their deadlier counterparts. And while trying to survive, one boy will struggle to keep their brewing war from devouring what's left of his humanity. (Universal Pictures) Expand
  • Director: Paul Weitz
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror, Comedy
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 109 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. Mixing horror and comedy while minimizing the gore, writer-director Paul Weitz (About a Boy) serves up a witty adventure fantasy with a tasty dollop of schadenfreude.
  2. Trades breathless romance for a fun "Ripley's Believe it or Not"-flavored weirdness.
  3. 50
    This movie incites curiosity tinged with confusion and irritation. It bristles with interesting ideas — about friendship and freakishness, honesty and anger — and intriguing characters, all of which may blossom in later episodes.
  4. 50
    The finished film has been tinkered with and tweaked so thoroughly that it borders on the incomprehensible.
  5. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    40
    Directed by Paul Weitz (American Pie), the movie suffers from the same tonal schizophrenia of that other recent goth wannabe, "Jennifer's Body": Is it meant to be scary or funny? Oops, it's neither.
  6. Making a vampire movie without any bite is like removing guns from a Western.
  7. 12
    Calls to mind Grandpa taking out his dentures and trying to put on a comedy monster show for little kids at Halloween: When he tries to be scary, he's goofy, but when he tries to be goofy, he's scary.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 37
  2. Negative: 12 out of 37
  1. Dec 7, 2010
    10
    woops! accidentally forgot to change my score! I give it a 2
  2. KellyK
    Nov 3, 2009
    10
    I loved it, it was like Moulin rouge meets twilight! Awesome.
  3. JulieC
    Nov 1, 2009
    9
    Really enjoyed this movie. The characters were great, very entertaining. The special effects and action were good. It makes you want to see Really enjoyed this movie. The characters were great, very entertaining. The special effects and action were good. It makes you want to see what happens next. I look forward to the sequel. Expand
  4. May 11, 2012
    6
    Like they say, there is corny dialogue. At the same time it has quite of bit of action and it is somewhat funny. The only problem is thatLike they say, there is corny dialogue. At the same time it has quite of bit of action and it is somewhat funny. The only problem is that there has yet to be a sequel to this that answers the questions we still have. Expand
  5. Lex
    Sep 17, 2010
    4
    Sep 17, 2010
    Lex
    4 Visiting a traveling freak show, 16 year-old, Darren is turned into a vampire. Half-vampire, half-human he joins the Cirque
    Sep 17, 2010
    Lex
    4
    Visiting a traveling freak show, 16 year-old, Darren is turned into a vampire. Half-vampire, half-human he joins the Cirque du Freak and descends into a fantastic life with a sideshow of fabulous freaks and as war looms between the Vampires and the Vampaneze (who kill whomever they feed on), his bravery will become humanity's last hope. This film by Paul Weitz did not meet my expectation to be a good vampire-based or let's just say... a bunch-of-freaks-based flick. Mediocre, that's my word for this one. Weitz did a nice job of making "In Good Company", but this one should be his spectacular movie of all time, and did NOT. Hmmmm... If I may say, this is like another 'no-making any sense' film like 'Batman & Robin' by Joe Schumacher. The books that make this movie possible were great, but the film didn't. The story focuses on two characters: Darren (Massoglia) and his bestfriend, Steve (Hutcherson). Darren, the one that favors spiders and Steve, the one that adores books about Vampires, and all crap breaks loose when jealousy comes up to one of them. It's just what we have hoped for, two bestfriends fighting for what they believed in. And one of them falls in love with a freak, a pretty freak, of course. The only notable characters were Steve, Crepsley, Murlough, and Mr. Tiny. But none of them got a clear brief of their past story and that's the main big hole of the story in the movie. Disappointing. I'm not being rude but, Paul Weitz did a mediocre job of making an adaptation of Darren Shan's book. Too many lacking detail of the story, especially the background briefed story of each character. Putting aside Weitz, Chris Massoglia (Darren Shan) did a horrible act as the main character in the film. I mean, look at his face; he even barely makes an expression, he looks like having a blank face, like day-dreaming or some kind. John Reilly (Crepsley) did a good job, also Ray Stevenson (Murlough). And the only person who saved all the acting problem was Josh Hutcherson (Steve), he did a fine job modeling out his role like all other antagonist role out there, not awesome, but nice. My conclusion? MEDIOCRE. That's it, with the lack of details and horrible acts (aside from Hutcherson), it should have been a direct-to-DVD.
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  6. TomG
    Nov 3, 2009
    3
    I read the book's when I was younger. This film truely let me down. The Darren Shan books are from what I remember a very dark comedy. I read the book's when I was younger. This film truely let me down. The Darren Shan books are from what I remember a very dark comedy. This is not. Expand
  7. Jan 31, 2014
    0
    The books are magical, but sinister with a dark, twisted kind of humour. The only thing the books and the film have in common is the title.The books are magical, but sinister with a dark, twisted kind of humour. The only thing the books and the film have in common is the title. The films are of a totally different story, and it kind off ruined my feelings for the beloved book series. The whole thing was very disappointing. The dialogues are bad, the corny comments are bad, the special effects are BAD. The characters are weird only, and have no similarities with the book characters. The director deserves a slap in the face. Expand

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