Metascore
30

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 31
  2. Negative: 14 out of 31
  1. 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.
  2. 38
    Like many genuinely awful movies, Queen of the Damned has the ingredients of a cult film.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Damien Cave
    30
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Jane Dark
    30
    Aaliyah fans, as well as fans of charisma, sex, and violence, will be sorely disappointed.
  6. Knows that it's junk and tries feebly to rejoice in its junkiness.
  7. Self-serious, pointless and silly.
  8. 25
    This kind of fiasco turns movie critics into so many Night Stalkers.
  9. 20
    A surreal piece of silliness.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Reviewed by: Gareth Von Kallenbach
    10
    Audiences should demand this film be buried never to see the light of day again.
  14. 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
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 139 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 101
  2. Negative: 23 out of 101
  1. Nov 1, 2011
    10
    goodgood movie.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Full Review »
  2. MartinB.
    Feb 25, 2006
    4
    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
    7
    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 »