Fright Night

Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30

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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Aug 18, 2011
    60
    With a similar brand of self-aware playfulness, retains its predecessor's sturdy narrative foundation.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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."
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 264 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 72
  2. Negative: 9 out of 72
  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 awfulIts 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 butHaving 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,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 »