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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    A film as soul-sucking as any of the fang-baring bores who populate it.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    What is surprising is that while the patchwork whole creaks terribly in places, the parts also show signs of life.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    If you're not at the bull's-eye center of the target audience, a movie like this one can suck the life out of you.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Village Voice Amy Nicholson

    For smart, strong girls and the guys who like them, Vampire Academy will hit a vein.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 13 & under

Blood and sexy stuff in teen-targeted supernatural spoof.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Vampire Academy is an action/comedy based on the bestselling young adult novels by Richelle Mead. It contains plenty of Buffy the Vampire Slayer-style martial arts fighting and monsters, plus a generous amount of blood, even if it's not overly gory. Some dead animals are shown (but obviously not harmed in real life). The teenage characters are shown kissing in more than a few scenes, and sex is a topic for discussion fairly frequently. In one scene, two characters are under a spell and begin kissing and falling into bed together; the female hero is shown in her bra and panties and the man is shown in underpants. There's also quite a few cleavage shots of the female lead. Language is mild, but still contains "ass," "bitch," "whore," and "dick."

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How does seeing blood affect the intensity of the violence? What's your reaction to seeing violence onscreen?
  • How much does this fictional high school have in common with your own high school?
  • How does the movie compare to the books? What is the appeal of these kinds of supernatural/young adult stories?

The good stuff
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    Messages: It's hard to detect through the mishmash just what the movie is getting at, but one of the characters gives an impassioned speech at the end about sticking together and not bullying one another.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Even though the movie is hard to take seriously, the main character is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer-type, a skilled fighter, brave and dedicated to protecting her friend.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The movie features lots of martial arts fighting against monsters, where the monsters are often stabbed with silver stakes. It isn't extra-gory, but it does feature a generous amount of blood. Two "warnings" are written in blood. Several scenes of vampires sucking blood are shown. Humans are shown volunteering to be "vampire food." A nasty-looking car crash is shown. The bloody corpses of a fox and a cat are shown (though not real). A character is briefly tortured (using magic), and is shown with various (temporary) cuts on her arms.

  • sex false3

    Sex: The teens in this movie kiss in several scenes, and sex is definitely thought of and discussed frequently. The main character's cleavage is prominent in several scenes. In one scene, a love spell causes her and an older man to kiss, undress down to their underwear, and fall onto a bed together. The man then breaks the spell. The main character is shown in a bra and panties, and the man in underwear.

  • language false2

    Language: The movie avoids very strong language, but does have its share of milder words, like "ass," "boobies," "bitch," "dick," "jerk," "hell," and "whore." In one scene, a character utters, "mother..." but stops before she gets to the second half of the word.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable