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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 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: 18 out of 36
  2. Negative: 12 out of 36
  1. Dec 7, 2010
    10
    woops! accidentally forgot to change my score! I give it a 2
  2. Jan 31, 2012
    10
    This film was amazing, as a book fan i thought the book to film adaptation was actually quite a good, I admit it was lacking quite a lot information, but due to this being a film for children certain things should have been left out, and the fact that its based on the first trilogy of the saga yet was still good, the annoying part however was how out of sequence it was, but overall I love this film and wish there was a second one. Expand
  3. Nov 17, 2012
    8
    An interesting premise, but not nearly as good as the book series. It was okay, but i could have used some work. The plot got boring after a while, not as good characters as the books, but still an okay movie. Read the books. Expand
  4. Dec 23, 2013
    3
    If you want to know how to destroy one of the best book sagas, just ask Paul Weitz.
    It isn't a bad movie: great acting, good special effects
    and music... The adaptation is the mistake.
    The prove is that if you haven't read the book, you will like the movie; but if you have read them, you will only be able to be disappointed.
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  5. Sep 29, 2011
    3
    Uh....the point of the movie?
  6. Jan 20, 2014
    3
    Although John C. Reily tries hard, he can't overcome a poorly written script, poor dialogue, stale acting, horrid plot transitions, an overabundance use of special effects, and a scattered plot 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 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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