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Prince of Darkness Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 3.0
    50

    out of 100

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

  • 30

    out of 100

    Variety

    Carpenter spends so much time turning the screws on the next scare that he completely forsakes his actors, who are already stranded with a shoddy script.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    A surprisingly cheesy horror film to come from Mr. Carpenter (''Halloween,'' ''Escape From New York,'' among others), a director whose work is usually far more efficient and inventive.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness gets off to an intriguing start. But then the movie loses its way.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Michael Wilmington

    To give the movie its due, it's been directed, at least on the visual level, with unusual elegance: filled with graceful, gliding tracking shots, and icily precise Hitchcockian setups of the bleak decor and scary effects.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Prince of Darkness is a real tour de force, and a welcome return.

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