Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 6 out of 10
  1. 70
    But what truly distinguishes the movie is Cage's performance, which is so off the wall that even if you don't like it you have to watch in awe.
  2. 70
    The picture seems to crumble... because the writer and director don't distinguish Loew's fantasies from his actual life... But with Cage in the role we certainly see the delusions at work. This daring kid starts over the top and just keeps going. He's airily amazing. [12 June 1989]
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    50
    Playing a sleazeball who has stumbled upon an excellent excuse for his bent, Cage holds the movie together as best he can. More important, he nails down his unique approach to acting, managing to be simultaneously stylized and naturalistic. [7 June 1996, p.66]
  4. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    40
    A bold but ultimately doomed effort that will irritate all but cultists of the bizarre and the most rabid fans of Mr. Cage.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    30
    Cage's over-the-top performance generates little sympathy for the character, so it's tough to be interested in him as his personality disorder worsens.
  6. Reviewed by: Clifford Terry
    25
    Called upon to blend the fey and the fiendish, the usually fine Cage is reduced to acting like some kind of combination of Dudley Moore and John Carradine. Throughout, though, he seems to be enjoying it; I can't imagine why. [2 June 1989, Friday, p.E]
  7. It's hard to tell if Cage's performance is a grand stab at all-out, no-holds-barred comic acting or one of the worst dramatic performances in a film this year. [2 June 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E8]
  8. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    20
    The film is dominated and destroyed by Mr. Cage's chaotic, self-indulgent performance. He gives Peter the kind of sporadic, exaggerated mannerisms that should never live outside of acting-class exercises.
  9. Reviewed by: Hal Hinson
    20
    Stone-dead bad, incoherently bad... Cage acts as if he has been taking hits off of Dennis Hopper's gas mask. There's no way to overstate it: This is scorched-earth acting -- the most flagrant scenery chewing I've ever seen.
  10. 0
    The bloodsuckers in this thriller may not have much bite, but here's a movie that can -- it's guaranteed -- drain the life out of an audience in minutes.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jun 29, 2014
    10
    Vampire's Kiss is a unique psychological horror comedy with Nicolas Cage. Cage gives a full on performance as Peter Lowe a literary agent who is bit by a vampiress. He begins acting strange at work and harassing his secretary. Cage is brilliant in the movie and without him this movie would've been corny. Cage runs down the street shouting I'm a vampire which is a very funny scene. The movie is a mix of American Psycho and Bram Stoker's Dracula without the all the drama. One of my new favourite movies and hands down one of Cage's best. Full Review »
  2. Oct 10, 2013
    10
    Still my favourite movie after all these years and many viewings. You see something new each time. The story and performances are so complex you really can't tell where people are actually coming from. I've way too dramatic and scary to be a comedy, way too funny to be a horror drama, it's not wonder a lot of people can't wrap their minds around this movie. Yes you don't ever 'identify' with Cage's character but you do identify with all his victims, something that is pretty rare. Physically he doesn't change thoughout the movie but by the end you can't even believe Lowe is being played by the same actor he has been so transformed by his disease or madness or whatever it is. And it's shot just beautifully. Highly recommended if you want to see something completely different for a change. Full Review »
  3. Sep 22, 2013
    9
    This movie is amazing in the sense that it takes you back to that late 80s feel. It is definitely worth the title of being a comedy horror, as the scenes with Cage's insanity are hilarious, but some scenes are just quite creepy and make you feel uncomfortable. And all along the goddamn contract was somewhere in the goddamn ****ing files! Full Review »