Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Mar 11, 2013
    75
    If Kiss of the Damned has one thing, it's an identifiable groove, one that is sustained and very, very infectious.
  2. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Feb 22, 2013
    70
    Saucily thumbing its nose at the insipid teen love of the "Twilight" franchise, Kiss reimagines its bloodsuckers as horny, supercilious Eurotrash with addiction issues, sucking the life blood from naive American thrill-seekers.
  3. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    May 1, 2013
    67
    Like a lot of the retro-horror films that have popped up on the art-house and festival circuits over the past several years, Xan Cassavetes’ Kiss Of The Damned is more about mood and texture than plot.
  4. 63
    The characters' high-minded, if unsophisticated, patter clashes with the film's ironic-chic style, and it never manages to move beyond the late-night palaver of earnest, if naive, college freshmen.
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    May 2, 2013
    63
    The sex is the main thing that makes Kiss of the Damned worthwhile.
  6. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    May 2, 2013
    60
    The confident, female-driven sensuality of Kiss of the Damned anchors this handsome nonsense.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Apr 30, 2013
    60
    Cassavetes adopts a grammar that occasionally slides into parody but mostly comes across as committed style. Kiss of the Damned contributes little new to the genre save a taste for alluringly tactile sex scenes and an avoidance of gore.
  8. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Apr 27, 2013
    50
    Xan Cassavetes cops to nothing more significant than being more keen on Vampyros Lesbos than anyone else from her clan of famous cinephiles.
  9. Reviewed by: Neil Young
    Feb 22, 2013
    40
    Paying slavish homage to culty genre predecessors from the sixties, seventies and eighties, this steamy tale of a hunky screenwriter, his ethereal blood-sucking paramour and her bad-girl sister can't quite decide whether to be seductively stylish or knowingly cheesy.
  10. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    May 2, 2013
    30
    More focused on philosophy then feeding, “Kiss” marries a mash-up of undead clichés (I know, let’s have another lingering shot of the moon!) to hilariously stilted conversations.
  11. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Apr 30, 2013
    30
    Cassavetes puts over this simple, poorly acted story with moody lighting, self-consciously "beautiful" gore, and an annoying penchant for impressionistic quick-cut flashbacks, all of which get in the way of rather than enhance the supposed fun.
  12. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Apr 30, 2013
    25
    Well photographed, lurid enough to cause concern for the teen market it aims to captivate, and with enough blood to refurbish an abattoir, Kiss of the Damned creates an eerie, foreboding anxiety that comes uneasily close to terror. Too bad they seem to be making it up as they go along.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Jul 26, 2013
    3
    Filmed well Kiss of the Damned plays like The Roommate meet vampires. This film becomes rather boring with a love story about as believable as Twilight. There is not much to this film the acting is ok by some and poor from others. I was expecting a romantic/erotic horror film that can be well made especially with vampires unfortunately we get a forced romance mixed with decent, but standard vampire kills. D Full Review »