Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Aug 18, 2011
    80
    Farrell looks like he's having the time of his 400-year-old life.
  2. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Aug 19, 2011
    75
    It ends up getting a surprising number of things right.
  3. Reviewed by: Sean OConnell
    Aug 18, 2011
    75
    It stands apart from the rehash pack by accomplishing something rival remakes rarely do: It improves on the premise it has been handed, producing a modernized version of a decades-old story that's superior to its predecessor in virtually every aspect.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Aug 18, 2011
    75
    Fright Night isn't quite a classic vampire movie, but it's refreshingly straightforward and self-deprecating.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Aug 18, 2011
    75
    Fright is way too quick on its feet to be slowed by clichés. David Tennant seizes McDowall's role as Peter Vincent, now a Criss Angel-style clown vampire slayer. Christopher Mintz-Plasse was born to play a high school nerd.
  6. Reviewed by: Kevin C. Johnson
    Aug 18, 2011
    75
    It honors the original throughout, including a memorable nightclub scene and a surprise cameo that's a huge crowd-pleaser, while at the same time giving updates to make it fresher and better than ever.
  7. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    Aug 18, 2011
    75
    Fright Night joins "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" as proof that you actually can do this sort of thing correctly.
  8. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Aug 18, 2011
    75
    The remake isn't openly nostalgic. In a sense, this is another sexy vampire movie. But Farrell does something special with the sexuality: It's simultaneously omnivorous, dangerous, and a hoot.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Aug 18, 2011
    75
    Plenty gory, but graced by a jovial sense of humor and an enjoyably guts-centric use of 3-D.
  10. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Aug 17, 2011
    75
    The film's greatest pleasures come from Noxon's script - which puts the sexual chaos created by Farrell's attractive bloodsucker front and center - and from the performances.
  11. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 17, 2011
    75
    As in the earlier film, this one dances always at the edge of comedy. It especially has fun with the Rules of Vampire Behavior.
  12. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Aug 17, 2011
    75
    Fright Night can also boast of having the best vampire-villain in ages. The bushy-browed Colin Farrell was BORN to wear fangs.
  13. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Aug 18, 2011
    70
    A steady supply of spiky humor and a game cast keep this cooking most of the way, though the pacing could have been tighter and the film seems as if it's about to end two or three times before it actually does.
  14. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Aug 18, 2011
    70
    The old "Fright Night" was both self-aware and effectively scary, and if this one seems to prefer gruesome digital effects to old-fashioned bump-in-the-night spookiness, it still succeeds in keeping the audience both tickled and anxious.
  15. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Aug 18, 2011
    70
    This remake is good fun, aided in no small degree by Colin Farrell's strutting, dead-eyed performance as the bloodsucker.
  16. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 17, 2011
    70
    It's a somewhat goofy movie that also manages some real scares. Best of all, it makes excellent use of an element of vampire stories effective since Count Dracula confronted Van Helsing in Bram Stoker's novel: I know that you know, and I also know there is nothing you can do about it.
  17. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Aug 18, 2011
    65
    Fright Night glides into its first climax with some funny touches but without building much structure or suspense.
  18. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Aug 18, 2011
    63
    The new version is mildly entertaining with some fun performances.
  19. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Aug 18, 2011
    63
    With the exception of a few stakes and crosses jumping from the screen, some bloody sprays here and there, and one creepy, claustrophobic car ride, the 3-D glasses are a hindrance, not an enhancement.
  20. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Aug 18, 2011
    63
    Menace and mirth can cancel each other out. But the combo clicked in 1985's Fright Night (banish the 1988 sequel), and it clicks again in this frisky 3D remake.
  21. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Aug 17, 2011
    63
    One of the minor triumphs of this Fright Night remake is Farrell's coolly assured performance, a cocksure spectacle of masculine virility far more intimidating to his character's victims, male and female alike, than the razor-sharp fangs Jerry uses to munch on human neck meat.
  22. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Aug 29, 2011
    60
    Funny and scary - and sometimes both at once - it lives up to the original, even if it fails to surpass it.
  23. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Aug 18, 2011
    60
    With a similar brand of self-aware playfulness, retains its predecessor's sturdy narrative foundation.
  24. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Aug 18, 2011
    60
    You'll need a taste for nostalgia to really appreciate Fright Night, which knowingly blends Eighties cheese with Nineties snark - a combination that works better than it sounds.
  25. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Aug 18, 2011
    60
    Thankfully, the 3-D is surprisingly well-used, not just for arterial spray but to accentuate the constraints of the mega-bland, housing-bubble architecture of the characters' neighborhood. That anonymity is the real horror show.
  26. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Aug 19, 2011
    50
    While this nouveau Fright Night does a reasonable job of maintaining the fun spirit of the original film, between the blood splatters and vamp stakings, it never builds on what the original had to offer -- and thus never quite makes a convincing case for its own existence.
  27. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Aug 18, 2011
    50
    Fans of the irritatingly limp and relatively toothless Twilight series may actually find their tormented inner selves fondled to exquisite, precoital perfection with this slick and gleeful adaptation of the classic Eighties vampire-next-door flick.
  28. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Aug 18, 2011
    50
    There's an irrelevance to the movie that the filmmakers, hard as they try, can't quite shake - something awfully square about the picture: It would have played a lot better a decade ago.
  29. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 17, 2011
    50
    Aside from some cosmetic changes, little of what this Fright Night offers elevates it above the classification of "unnecessary."
  30. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 19, 2011
    38
    Feeble comic one-liners and slow pacing combine for a routine fangfest in this remake of the 1985 film.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 200 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 67
  2. Negative: 9 out of 67
  1. Aug 28, 2011
    1
    Its awful. There is a feeble attempt to interject some 'are you from London' english humor but it falls flat. This is a awful awful movie......i dont get it. What was Colin Farrell thinking ! Full Review »
  2. kld
    Aug 21, 2011
    9
    Having been a fan of the original and not a big fan of hollywood remakes, i was worried about this redo. The basic premise is the same but the makers definitely augmented the whole storyline. Colin Farrell is passable, not great. It's probably the weakest part of the film...Jerry"s role. The other actors and their parts are really good. Peter Vincent's reincarnation is pretty ingenious. Overall, this is a really good summer movie. Really really funny too...and most of that can't be showed in trailers because it would amiss of context. Not sure why this didn't do well at the box office...I think the trailers failed to show the humor. The Russian kid who plays Charlie and the girl from 28 Weeks Later are excellent in their roles...as is McLovin and Toni Colette. Most fun i had at the movie this summer...for sure. Full Review »
  3. Aug 20, 2011
    10
    Easily one of the best movies of the year. I was really surprised at how great Fright Night was. Everything from the acting, the atmosphere, the music, the story... it was all pin-point perfect. Colin Farrell was absolutely amazing in this movie. I mean, everyone is great in it but Colin really stands out. Everyone should see this movie in theaters, it's fantastic. 10/10 Full Review »