Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Nov 1, 2012
    83
    A surprisingly enjoyable tongue-in-cheek New York comedy from "Clueless" director Amy Heckerling, Vamps teeters on the brink of not quite working and yet still routinely lands its laughs.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Nov 2, 2012
    60
    Make no mistake, Vamps is mostly a misfire, but Heckerling still shows enough flashes of wit and wisdom that she remains hard to entirely dismiss. Don't bury that coffin just yet.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Oct 29, 2012
    88
    A sense of anachronism is what provides the film with its melancholy heart.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Oct 31, 2012
    67
    Heckerling also struggles woefully with special effects, but even then, she's capable of pulling off a beautiful sequence where Silverstone remembers a specific city block as it's evolved through the ages. Her shambling little comedy never finds a consistent groove, but it's eager to please, and has the ancient gags to do it.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Nov 8, 2012
    60
    Charming at times but surprisingly cheap-feeling given the cast Heckerling has assembled.
  6. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Nov 1, 2012
    40
    Aging is probably the real theme here, but it's approached sidelong and has no punch. Still, only the nostalgia has any real conviction.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Oct 31, 2012
    40
    Vamps is commendable, even moving, as a raw-nerve confession of anachronism - but it's also what keeps this strained satire from drawing any real blood.
  8. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Nov 7, 2012
    70
    Heckerling always manages to get her finger firmly on the pulse of the contemporary moment, and while her club-hopping heroines may be undead, they serve as adorable metaphors for what the filmmaker sees as a zombified moment in cultural history.
  9. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Nov 6, 2012
    50
    Reteaming with Silverstone, the alpha matchmaker of "Clueless," for Vamps, Heckerling uses the actress as the mouthpiece for her complaints about how dumb everyone is today. The writer-director's nostalgia feeds the laziest type of cultural critique: never piercing, just grumpy.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Jan 12, 2013
    6
    The film is obviously not a masterpiece, but is far to be bad and unwatchable: taking into account the other films of writer-director Amy Heckerling (Look Who is Talking etc.) it is not expected something worthy of any nomination.

    The movie is a light romantic comedy, and unpretentious movie, about two vampires, one older (1840) and other "younger" (1990) who live together and their adventures and romantic conflicts in nowdays New York.

    It features an interesting cast with Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter in the lead roles, besides other known actors such as Sigourney Weaver and Malcolm McDowell (Clockwork Orange The - any movie with him to me is worth watching). The performances are of a light-hearted comedy, with a mocking tone.

    The film's visual effects are at least basic and do not know whether they were deliberately forced to refer the B horror movies, with hours that they are hilarious...

    The story unfolds gradually with a meeting between Krysten and another person who I will not name (spoiler) and this event turns to be the main line of the story until a cute end, typical of those light romantic comedies. The jokes are good and funny, but not hilarious.

    Ends up being a good fun to watch with your wife / fiancee / girlfriend, off course, if she likes this genre of movie.
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  2. Dec 3, 2012
    0
    Awful and a huge waste of time.... It is completely boring and a bad replica of a would be vamp romantic comedy. Watced the first 1/2 hour and the rest on FF. Avoid it at all costs Full Review »
  3. Feb 25, 2013
    8
    I was utterly surprised at just how much I enjoyed this movie. It's not good and and has allot of corny moments, but none of which that ruin it. In fact all of its flaws actually give it some charm and as a comedy this movie really does do something slightly different with a very tired genre. Vamps is funny, charming and I really enjoyed it. Don't expect a grade A film, but watch it expecting a warm, heart felt comedy that really seems to have fun with itself. Full Review »