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Blood and Chocolate Review

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

  • 2.0
    33

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Horror fans will be disgusted by the lack of gore. Romance fans will be disgusted by the presence of gore. One is tempted to applaud the filmmakers for trying something this daring, but the result isn't good enough to warrant any acclaim, however lukewarm it might be.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    The lead performers certainly are highly attractive, making this one of the more sensual werewolf pictures in quite a while -- and to their credit, they do manage to keep a straight face throughout. But ultimately, the anemic Blood and Chocolate could have benefited from a little less chocolate and a lot more blood.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    Werewolves are tame with overuse, and movies like Blood and Chocolate -- where moments of inspiration vie in vain with Goth cliché -- play like underlit "Charmed" reruns.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Young, beautiful werewolves battle in Bucharest.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this werewolf movie doesn't include any truly horrific onscreen violence, it does show the results of violent attacks -- namely, bloody injuries and dead bodies. As a child, the central werewolf witnesses her parents' shooting deaths (the child's perspective might be troubling to younger viewers). Most of the rest of the violence is less emotionally invested. Lots of images of wolves hunting and attacking humans; fights include leaps, punches, and kicks, as well as stabbings and falls. Some chase scenes through streets feature tense cuts and dark shadows. On the sex side, there's some cleavage on display, a girl dances provocatively at a nightclub, there's talk of "mating," and a romantic couple kisses (sex is implied). Once they're dead or wounded, wolves revert back to human form, nude (the crucial parts are covered). Fairly mild language; the characters drink liquor and discuss drugs and drug dealing.

  • Families can talk about the tension between Vivian's family expectations and traditions and her desire to be "free" of them. How does she come to trust her own instincts? How does Vivian's position represent that of other women in the pack? How does her childhood trauma affect her decisions? How does Vivian's struggle relate to the kinds of issues that real teens deal with? What could the movie be a metaphor for?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Werewolves range from ferocity to nobility; human male protagonist is earnest; Vivian is torn between her wolfness and her humanness.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Wolves hunt and attack humans, leaving bloodied carcasses; one attack on a girl is rendered so that the result makes the point (but quick, flashy cuts omit the actual assault); prolonged attacks on the hero, with fighting and throwing/slamming, ripping of bodies; he assaults the wolves with a silver knife and sharp-edged pendant (bloodied wolves transform into human bodies); wolves growl and look menacing; assault on drug dealer has him smashed into bar and floor, begging for his life; lengthy shootout at film's end (werewolves shoot at each other).

  • sex false3

    Sex: Discussion of pack leader "taking a mate" every seven years; romantic scenes and kissing between primary couple; one cutaway from a prolonged nighttime kiss suggests that a couple had sex; some cleavage-baring outfits; after transforming into wolves, the human bodies appear naked (the crucial bits are always covered); girl dances provocatively, with shot of her bottom from male observer's point of view (she later appears later in a nightgown, about to be wolf-meat); lyrics in nightclub song include "I want to taste you."

  • language false3

    Language: Fairly minor, including "hell," "damn," "bitch" (several times).

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking in nightclub; several mentions of absinthe (once as "poison"); reference to drug dealer's bad acts ("dirty needles" and selling to children).

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