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Fright Night Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

Big mouth strikes again. Read full review

3.5

Grae Drake Profile

Fang-licking good. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 4.0
    64

    out of 100

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

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    A steady supply of spiky humor and a game cast keep this cooking most of the way, though the pacing could have been tighter and the film seems as if it's about to end two or three times before it actually does.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    It ends up getting a surprising number of things right.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    As in the earlier film, this one dances always at the edge of comedy. It especially has fun with the Rules of Vampire Behavior.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Fright is way too quick on its feet to be slowed by clichés. David Tennant seizes McDowall's role as Peter Vincent, now a Criss Angel-style clown vampire slayer. Christopher Mintz-Plasse was born to play a high school nerd.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Remake blends bloody vampire violence with humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Colin Farrell vampire movie -- a remake of the same-named 1985 cult classic -- blends comedy and horror. But despite the attempt at a lighter tone, it has plenty of vampire violence, with lots of blood, biting, stabbing, shooting, burning, and fighting. Language is likewise strong, with many uses of "f--k" and "s--t" throughout. There's no nudity, but characters are definitely thinking about sex, and there's lots of flirting and innuendo. One supporting character, an adult, may have a drinking problem, which is treated somewhat comically. So, no, this isn't Twilight -- but older teens who like their vampires with (pun intended) more bite will probably want to check it out.

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How do the comic undertones affect its impact? Is any of it disturbing rather than just scary/thrilling?
  • What's the appeal of vampires and vampire movies? Are they scary? How is this movie similar to the popular Twilight movies? How is it different?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Buried somewhere under all the scary stuff is some commentary about being yourself: Charley tries to be "cool" for his girlfriend and avoids his old, "nerdy" friends, but he discovers that it's too much work. Likewise, when the "magician" Peter agrees to help Charley, he learns to face his problems and to think of others besides himself.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Charley is mostly very responsible, sacrificing his already tentative relationship with his girlfriend to protect all his loved ones from the vampire threat. He works tirelessly to solve the problem at hand.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Though the movie's tone is slightly comic, there's still plenty of strong, vampire-related violence, including lots of blood, dead bodies, biting of necks, licking of blood, stabbing with stakes, shooting with crossbows and guns, characters being hit with cars, fighting, and explosions. Vampires burst into flame and ashes when they're killed.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Plenty of flirting and sexual innuendo (most of it dealing with a vampire's power to seduce). And Charley and Amy definitely think about having sex. They kiss, and, in one scene, Amy unsuccessfully attempts to seduce him. (Potential spoiler alert) At the end of the story, they prepare for their first sexual experience.

  • language false4

    Language: Strong, frequent language includes many uses of "f--k" and "s--t." Other words include "p---y," "bitch," "ass," "balls," "d--k," "jerk-off," "crap," "douchebag," "hell," "damn," "goddamn," "oh my God," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Two mentions of eBay, which are the setup and payoff of a joke. Ben & Jerry's ice cream and TiVo are also mentioned.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A supporting (adult) character drinks a great deal, almost compulsively; he even appears drunk during the final battle and takes a swig from a flask afterward -- this is all portrayed humorously. The vampire borrows a six pack of beer but doesn't drink any on screen. There's a quick joke about a teen being "on drugs."

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