Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: David Chute
    Kawajiri's doom-laden action epic is a heady brew indeed.
  2. 80
    Dark fantasy triumphs in this gorgeously animated surrealist adventure.
  3. Beautiful, witty and provocative, this is one genre film that ought to appeal to fans and non-fans alike.
  4. A genre pastiche that's fun to watch, although it's also frustrating.
  5. The animation is rich and densely detailed, the characters well defined.
  6. If you appreciate fine animation and edgy material, this blood's for you.
  7. 67
    As usual with anime features, just because it's animated doesn't mean it's for kids; heads roll and blood spurts, so know that going in, mom and dad. For the older crowd, though, it's gory and gorgeous bliss.
  8. 67
    Exciting, gory, funny and, like much of anime, a bit cheesy.
  9. Reviewed by: Loren King
    Confusing storytelling and bad dialogue.
  10. 60
    Handsome, well-executed film that nonetheless feels a bit long at 111 minutes. Those who are already anime fans will certainly find it stimulating; but this may not be the one to convert the uninitiated.
  11. Doesn't quite scale the heights it could and should, often because of its inappropriate humor, which could be blamed on cultural mistranslation.
  12. 50
    The film looks nifty, but the flat and unemotional English-language dialogue lessens its impact.
  13. Fans of anime probably will find Vampire Hunter D plenty thrilling. Non-fans, or those not familiar with the genre, will enjoy the film's gothic atmosphere, but may wonder what all the fuss is about.
  14. 50
    It's a must-see for horror buffs and anime fans; and while it lacks the haunting thematic underpinnings of "Blood The Last Vampire," -- it's a more satisfying movie-going experience.
  15. Reviewed by: Charles Solomon
    A baroque, bloody fantasy-adventure that stubbornly remains less than the sum of its parts.

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