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30 Days of Night Review

Movies.com Critics

3.5

Dave White Profile

… wildly violent and splattery … Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    53

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    You can expect a lot of shredding and gurgling. 30 Days of Night is relentless, but it's also relentlessly one-note.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Dramatically, the film is a shambles, with whiplash-inducing lurches in tone and pacing that make it seem as if portions were edited out of sequence.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is well-made, well-photographed and plausibly acted, and is better than it needs to be.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today

    It loses some of its bite by film's end, but 30 Days of Night manages to do for the vampire genre what "28 Days Later" did for the zombie flick: give age-old monsters a modern-day makeover.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Works on its own terms, which is more than can be said of most horror films these days. If this is the kind of movie you're looking for, it delivers.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Very-bloody vampire movie lacks bite. No kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this vampire horror movie (which was based on a graphic novel) isn't for kids. While the themes aren't especially sophisticated, the imagery is very bloody, with bodies getting torn, beaten, chewed, and graphically abused. Children are in danger and killed (one is a bloody-mouthed vampire who's eventually slain by an adolescent boy), and there are explosions, car crashes, shootings, foot chases, and lots of tense scenes. Language includes several uses of "f--k" and other profanity, there's some drinking, and a grandmother grows medicinal marijuana.

  • Families can talk about the continuing appeal of vampire stories. How does this movie compare to other vampire movies and TV shows you've seen? Parents and kids can also discuss the way that families are presented in the movie. Why do the characters who are part of families do some of the violent things they do?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Vampires are self-serious and dedicated killers, humans argue among themselves, survivors depend on courageous martyrs.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Gory displays of vampirism throughout: They chomp on their victims, chew their necks, and suck their blood. They also beat, kick, and throw themselves on prey and vehicles. Humans use multiple weapons, including a sunlamp, fires, guns, axes, and vehicles. An early car crash is abrupt and loud. Dead dogs are ravaged and bloody -- a precursor to the discovery of human bodies that are mauled, gnawed, and very bloody. Attacks are chaotic (fast cuts and close-ups), with groaning and growling sounds. Shooting leaves vampires with limbs and heads blown away.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Gruesome "sexual" play between male and female vampire (they hiss at each other and bare their teeth, the woman pawing at her torso in a demonstration of passion). Earnest declarations of love between protagonists.

  • language false5

    Language: Profanity includes several uses of "f--k" and lots of "s--t"s (once with "head"), as well as "damn," "hell," and "bitch."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Repeated shots of Chevrolet truck logos, references to Oreos and Snapple.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink and refer to whiskey and vodka. A grandmother grows marijuana to soothe her cancer (a baggie appears in a desk drawer, and plants are shown in her house). Someone thinks a vampire is a human "coked up on PCP."

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