Byzantium Synopsis
A mother and daughter vampire duo form a deadly pact.
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New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
The movie is gorgeous, mesmerizing, poetic; the lyricism actually heightened by harsh jets of gore.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
It takes a while, but the old-fashioned pleasure of watching a well-told story unfold eventually becomes the chief satisfaction in...
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80

Empire

By Kim Newman
A mixture of tough and wistful and reflective and brutal, this is the ideal vampire movie for Twi-hards who’ve had their hearts broken for...
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80

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Jordan’s poetic sensibilities more than make up for any flaws. His uncanny aptitude for conjuring up resonantly metaphorical images — from...
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75

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
It’s not perfect, but when it works, Byzantium towers above all of the romantic vampire slobber we’ve been getting lately. I fear that...
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75

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
By the standards of Jordan's earlier films, "Byzantium" is unquestionably a minor achievement, but its technical specs help flesh out a...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Tirdad Derakhshani
While it flirts with the ridiculous, the film manages to maintain a certain gravitas as its many stories unfold.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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Female-forward and class-conscious, allegorical and adventurous, Byzantium is almost the anti-Batman.
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63

Slant Magazine

By Ed Gonzalez
Forlorn depictions of love and death may dignify Neil Jordan's film, but narrative withholding ultimately drives a stake into its...
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The best thing in the movie is Arterton's sultry, claw-baring turn, but mostly it's a rudderless riff on "Let the Right One In."
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Sexy, Serious and some Funny. Great Vampire movie. GEMMA!

By starjowns
1. GEMMA is the patron saint of angels. 2. Vampire movie done right, there was a lot of blood in a few scenes that made authentic. The majority is a drama that I was actually compelled to watch,...

Not for all tastes

By jhs39
Vampire fairy tale about mother and daughter vamps constantly on the run in Ireland. The mom (who looks just a few years older than her daughter) works as a prostitute to provide for them both. The...

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Work of art

By cojayjenson8
A movie that reminds us that film making is a work of art. A painting that you can stare at for hours and still discover something new. An eternal mystery that can never be understood but can always...

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Rated R | For language throughout, some violence, teen drug and alcohol use, and a sexual reference
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Blood, innuendo in stylish, moody vampire tale.
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POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
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DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF