Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 31
  2. Negative: 14 out of 31
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  1. 67
    Nothing near a modern vampire classic. Still, "Queen" is a great dose of vamp camp
  2. 63
    Aaliyah rules as the undead Queen of the Damned, even if she has scarcely half an hour of screen time in this campy Anne Rice vampire tale.
  3. Since the movie arrives and succeeds as entertaining B-movie fare, we may as well appreciate all of its howls, beastly or unintentional.
  4. Leaves us puzzled as to why the term "damned" applies at all, when vampirism is depicted as so cool, fashion-savvy and glamorous.
  5. At its best, Queen is campy fun like the Vincent Price horror classics of the '60s. At its worst, it implodes in a series of very bad special effects.
  6. 50
    The original rock songs on the soundtrack, which are supposed to make Lestat ''bigger than Elvis,'' are terrible -- a common challenge for movies about fictional musicians.
  7. 50
    It is happy to be goofy.
  8. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Degenerates into a lot of dull declaiming and attitudinizing, despite a sly tongue-in-cheek quality brought by a preening Stuart Townsend to the Lestat role he inherited from the utterly humorless Tom Cruise.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    If you're going because you want to see an entertaining horror movie, good luck.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Handsomely mounted, this direly conventional bit of vampire business is enlivened by flashes of humor and game performances. It isn't great entertainment or camp, but pic sets its ambitions so low, it can't help partially delivering on them.
  11. When Queen of the Damned knows it's ridiculous, it's moderately entertaining fun; when it tries to be serious, it's truly ridiculous.
  12. Is Queen of the Damned worthy of its hype or should it have a stake driven through its dark heart? The answer lies somewhere in between.
  13. Maybe in a few years the incoherent gaudiness of this underperforming sequel to ''Interview With A Vampire'' -- will have transmuted into a kind of appreciable camp. Until that time, however, we're stuck with this damned production
  14. 40
    The result is an exploitation movie that seems like it's about something -- though what exactly I couldn't say.
  15. 40
    Rymer's film doesn't revitalize vampire clichés in any significant way and, frankly, "Velvet Goldmine" is a more seductive movie about sex, death and rock and roll -- and it's not even about vampires.
  16. 40
    The whole film suffers from a serious case of overplotting, perhaps inevitable when trying to cram two largish novels into one smallish film.
  17. 40
    Townsend and Aaliyah are sexy as hell, and clearly willing and able to explore the darker truths of villainy, but they can't compete against the unwieldy script.
  18. The main theme is the loneliness of the social outcast. That, plus a soundtrack to wake the undead, and the morbidly entombed presence of Aaliyah, will attract an audience despite the movie's intrinsic cheesiness.
  19. 38
    Like many genuinely awful movies, Queen of the Damned has the ingredients of a cult film.
  20. Abbott, Petroni and director Michael Rymer do exploit the visual and aural cliches of vampire movies from the last 20 years: The creatures wear tattoos, shave their heads, listen to blistering rock and dress in black leather. For a band of societal outsiders, they're pathetically conformist.
  21. Knows that it's junk and tries feebly to rejoice in its junkiness.
  22. Reviewed by: Damien Cave
    Just as the author's characters suffer through their immortality, as they crave closure and a death to their blood-sucking madness, so Queen of the Damned demands an end to its own misery.
  23. Reviewed by: Jane Dark
    Aaliyah fans, as well as fans of charisma, sex, and violence, will be sorely disappointed.
  24. 25
    This kind of fiasco turns movie critics into so many Night Stalkers.
  25. Self-serious, pointless and silly.
  26. 20
    "Queen" is a movie that stoops to jokes like calling Lestat's CD "a monster hit"; the movie is just a plain old monster.
  27. Although the movie is set in the rock world and, therefore, should be a sort of extended music video, it's devoid of even MTV-caliber originality.
  28. 20
    A surreal piece of silliness.
  29. What saddened me, however, wasn't the silliness but recognizing the great Swedish actress Lena Olin under a lot of "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark" makeup. What a waste.
  30. Reviewed by: Gareth Von Kallenbach
    Audiences should demand this film be buried never to see the light of day again.
  31. Turns out to be a muddled limp biscuit of a movie, a vampire soap opera that doesn't make much sense even on its own terms.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 174 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 101
  2. Negative: 23 out of 101
  1. Nov 1, 2011
    goodgood movie.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Full Review »
  2. MartinB.
    Feb 25, 2006
    Having read all the Vampire Chronicles, you can easily follow the story in Queen, but that's one of my problems with this movie. Unless Having read all the Vampire Chronicles, you can easily follow the story in Queen, but that's one of my problems with this movie. Unless you have read the books, all the motivation for the characters is missing. Lestat's reasons for going centre stage with the band, Akasha's motivation for rising and killing the vampires and the men (not people, as depicted in the movie, but just men), I could go on. In essence, it's all just a bit of flashy vampire camp without even a hint of the depth of the novels. I would love to see someone do a proper Vampire Trilogy, which treats the story with respect. So, if you haven't yet read the books, get to it :-) Full Review »
  3. Oct 13, 2013
    The first half an hour from the movie was indeed awkward weird script and actor reactions the special effects are,mostly a mess. i haven'tThe first half an hour from the movie was indeed awkward weird script and actor reactions the special effects are,mostly a mess. i haven't read the books but i can clearly see that this movie is made in a kind of an awkward way, the dialogues being hindered by god knows what reasons. I'd say the only actor that seems convincing is Akasha herself (Aaliyah). But everything isn't so bad, at least it's 2002 and vampires don't sparkle :P It deserves to be watched for Aaliyah only, if not for everything else. The critics have overdone it with the ratings on this movie anyway. Full Review »