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  • Summary: A witty, atmospheric, and deliciously feverish tale inspired by the great German film director F. W. Murnau and the making of his unforgettable "Nosferatu." (Lions Gate Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. 100
    It's a mesmerizing spectacle.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    He's (Dafoe) the stuff bad dreams are made of. He's also the best movie vampire since Schreck's original. He deserves a bloody Oscar.
  3. Kicky, elaborately constructed fantasy.
  4. 75
    Feast upon a career-peak Willem Dafoe performance as a bat-eared fiend who is foul, funny, ferocious, forlorn and unforgettable.
  5. 70
    Malkovich and Dafoe play off each other with a devilish hamminess.
  6. 67
    For all its stentorian performances, though, Shadow of the Vampire is a bit much, from the detailed period sets to the final, bloody scene.
  7. 30
    An academic exercise driven by adolescent ideas that never shape themselves into a narrative: in short, a movie that can never dislodge the art fatally wedged up its butt.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Mar 25, 2011
    6
    While Dafoe and Malkovich deliver on all fronts, the acting by a good majority of the cast is mediocre-to-bad at times. The story is very slow, boring at times. Before I forget, it's not scary either. Nothing to fear children. Expand
  2. Aug 23, 2010
    5
    Man tries to make Dracula film without Bram Stoker's consent, goes to eerie locations, gets oddball to play the vampire, things go wrong.
    With
    a cast as decent as this & the story based on such a classic film, it's a shame this was nowhere near as good as it could have been.
    It begins very well but quickly starts to jump about & become disjointed & does seemed very rushed by the end.
    Willem Dafoe is amazing as Max Schrek but they should have used him more sparingly & made him even more mysterious.
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