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  • 75
    Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer

    While it flirts with the ridiculous, the film manages to maintain a certain gravitas as its many stories unfold. show more

  • 60
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    Neil Jordan seems well aware that audiences may be feeling deep fatigue about vampires. So with his latest, the director of Interview With the Vampire makes a vampire film that seeks to reinvent the species, while harking back to a more classical — read: less sparkly — take on the genre. show more

  • 88
    Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-Times

    It takes a while, but the old-fashioned pleasure of watching a well-told story unfold eventually becomes the chief satisfaction in Byzantium, though there are other things to enjoy as well. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    It’s not perfect, but when it works, Byzantium towers above all of the romantic vampire slobber we’ve been getting lately. I fear that Dracula is watching from some moldy crypt somewhere, nodding approval. show more

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Female-forward and class-conscious, allegorical and adventurous, Byzantium is almost the anti-Batman. show more

  • 63
    Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine

    Forlorn depictions of love and death may dignify Neil Jordan's film, but narrative withholding ultimately drives a stake into its unmistakable heart. show more

  • 63
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    There’s not much new here, but at least Byzantium has well-acted, compelling characters telling its time-worn tale with style. That’s the best we can hope for, these days, from this genre that will not die. show more

  • 25
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Neil Jordan’s Byzantium dares to rework “Twilight” with twice the teen moping and Robert Pattinson replaced by a guy with the sexual magnetism of a sickly Ron Weasley. show more

  • 80
    Kim Newman Empire

    A mixture of tough and wistful and reflective and brutal, this is the ideal vampire movie for Twi-hards who’ve had their hearts broken for the first time and want to move on to a less cosy vision of eternal romance with a side order of addiction. show more

  • 80
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    Jordan’s poetic sensibilities more than make up for any flaws. His uncanny aptitude for conjuring up resonantly metaphorical images — from a pointed fingernail pushing toward a vein to a waterfall turning into a literal river of blood — proves there’s plenty of life left in this undead genre. show more

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