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Interview With the Vampire Review

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

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
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  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    The generally faithful script is by Anne Rice herself, the director is "The Crying Game"'s Neil Jordan, and both seem true to themselves and as true as they can be to artistic and visceral expectations. [11Nov1994 Pg. 01.D]

  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Dramatically, though, the film is torpid.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    When Interview with the Vampire works, it's as compelling and engrossing a piece of entertainment as is available on film today. When it falters, the weaknesses seem magnified.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A stronger plot engine might have drawn us more quickly to the end, but on a scene by scene basis, Interview with the Vampire is a skillful exercise in macabre imagination.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    His sumptuous film is as strange and mesmerizing as it is imaginatively ghastly. It's a sophisticated, spookily intense rendering of Ms. Rice's story.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Entertaining but gruesomely gory vampire tale.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a violent, bloody movie about vampires. Death and murder are main themes and are depicted with a great deal of graphic violence and gore. Because the film is based on a bestselling fiction series and features popular actors Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Kirsten Dunst, kids may be familiar with the movie and want to see it.

  • Families can talk about how the various vampires react to killing others. Why does Louis feel guilty while Lestat does not? Which character do you most identify with? The depictions of slaves can give families an opportunity to talk about stereotypes of black characters in film. Why are the female slaves depicted as sexpots? How are their religious beliefs characterized?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: While some of the vampire characters feel guilty about killing others, more of them crave and love it.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: The action is graphic and gory.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Female nudity, references to prostitutes and incest, as well as strong sexual overtones.

  • language false3

    Language: Some.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One of the main characters drinks alcohol in order to get drunk, though consequences are depicted.