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On DVD: May. 20, 2014 | On Blu-ray: May. 20, 2014

Vampire Academy Review

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Dave White Profile

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  • 2.0
    30

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    Metascore®
    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 true1

    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 false4

    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 false3

    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

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable

Fan Reviews provided by

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Pleasntly Surprised by jc220
I found this movie to have enough action, drama, sexual content appropriate for my thirteen year old daughter and niece. For their age group and above, this movie was perfect, I even found myself enjoying it despite the reviews from the critics. I would definitely see this again and will see the sequel if they come out with one.

5

As an older fan by SynD
I am surprised that I liked it as much as I did. It's funny and quick and alot of people would dismiss this as a teenager movie and at its core it is but it is really entertaining. I liked the fact that it is not about a ridiculous love story it is an adventure story with some elements of romance. It was fun

4

Good overall, could be better. by nikkisayssmile
I feel like the tone of the movie was okay at best. I read all the books back in the day. I loved the movie, don't get me wrong, there were just some things they did to grab people's attention, especially those who hadn't read the books. I just feel like it was too much like a stereotypical high school movie at some parts, but that is to be expected when you have the guy who did mean girls working on the movie. I cannot wait for Frostbite and hopefully the other books' movies to come.

1

WORST MOVIE EVER by darnette0101
This movie was soooo not like the commercials showed. The commercial actually showed almost the entire action scenes of the movie. The main character dialoged throughout the entire movie. It was so juvenile! I think it must have been written by a pre-teen going through some things. Then when it tried to make slight of some references to some other vampire movies.... Please DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!! Also do not take little children to this movie. There are some sex scenes.

5

AMAZING!!! by nakers82
This movie was totally amazing! It strayed a little bit from the book but that's okay it made it wonderful! It is definitely NOT another Twilight or Harry Potter but if you didn't read the book then you wouldnt know that! I would definitely see this again and again!

4

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5

Vampire Acamdemy by klutzygurl
This series of books is one of my favorites and I worried a lot about what they were going to do to it, but I think this is one my favorite book adaptions! I know some people are worried because of the advertisement, but it is a must see! I believe Zoey Deutch did an amazing job as Rose! She brought so much of that humor and attitude we love in Rose. And Danila Kozlovsky was a fantastic choice for Dimitri! He pulled off that soft spoken Russian God we all love so well! I think the cast overall did an amazing job with their parts. I've seen it a few times and I fall more and more in love with Sarah Hyland as Natalie! She was fantastic!

4

Better Than I Expected! by katid14
From reading the vampire academy book series about 5 years ago I was skeptic to go and see the movie since the previews they showed seemed like they made the movie really teenage corny. But I was pleasantly surprised that they actually had the same amount of action and story line as the book (from what i remembered) and I actually really enjoyed the movie! If you're a person like me who likes the fantasy action romance types of movies, this one is perfect to go see! It had a good plot twist and enough love and fighting action to keep you interested the whole time! The best part is that they set it up for a second movie! So I really hope that happens! All in all I definitely would go and see this again.

2

What did they do?! by The Alley Cat
If anyone believes that this is what the books are about, please don't. This felt more like a spoof than an adaptation. Disappointing...humorous, but disappointing.

5

VA Fan by katieortez
So far the movie was good and stayed very close to the book. Its as funny as the book too. Final judgement will be when all the movies are complete. Can't wait! VA is my all time favorite. Way better than Twilight!

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