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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
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. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    It's creepy but tinged with sarcasm and infused with silly fun.
  3. Has its moments of fun, many of them having to do with Reilly's deadpan comic style. But the movie lacks the original edge of its better predecessors.
  4. 50
    The finished film has been tinkered with and tweaked so thoroughly that it borders on the incomprehensible.
  5. Making a vampire movie without any bite is like removing guns from a Western.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    40
    The Vampire's Assistant is too busy making impossible claims about just how spectacular its sequels will be to serve up a self-contained story with a satisfying finale.
  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: 20 out of 38
  2. Negative: 12 out of 38
  1. Dec 7, 2010
    10
    woops! accidentally forgot to change my score! I give it a 2
  2. DrewK
    Nov 6, 2009
    10
    Yes i have read the books, and they were amazing. All of them in the series is pure gold and genius. After i read all the books over as many Yes i have read the books, and they were amazing. All of them in the series is pure gold and genius. After i read all the books over as many times as i could that year, i heard they were making a film. Now do not get me wrong, i thought the movie looked interesting to see. I wanted to see how the director would film this movie. I saw it and i have to say this: The books were better for obvious reasons. But the movie was not half bad. Sure, it got so much wrong in the movie that it did not even have to be based off the movie, it could have been a movie all in its own it was that off. But it was interesting. John C. Reilly did a marvelous job although i would not have chose him for the role. And of course there was room for a sequel. So i will go see the sequel. Everyone should go see this film, even if you do not like the actors, vampires, or anything along those lines. I am not asking you to love it or even like it, i am just asking for you to give it a try. Expand
  3. Zoe
    Nov 4, 2009
    9
    i thought that the actors suited their characters really well. I love any film to do with vampires so this one got a thumbs up. I've i thought that the actors suited their characters really well. I love any film to do with vampires so this one got a thumbs up. I've read the first book and i thought that it was brilliant, after reading it and then seeing the film, the book is definately better. But, my advice is see the film!! It's good! Expand
  4. MikaelA
    Oct 24, 2009
    7
    Although it had some infuriating aspects, such as Rebecca and Darren's family, I still enjoyed it considerably.
  5. Aug 1, 2011
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. When this first came out, we had a group of young couples that wanted to go to the drive-in. I donâ Expand
  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, anAlthough 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 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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