Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Synopsis
A sideshow vampire (John C. Reilly) turns a teenager (Chris Kelly) into one of the undead.
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New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
Trades breathless romance for a fun "Ripley's Believe it or Not"-flavored weirdness.
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63

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Reilly is very funny as the sarcastic mentor, and director Paul Weitz strikes a loopy tone in the scenes at the freak encampment.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's creepy but tinged with sarcasm and infused with silly fun.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
While "Twilight" will make more money and get more attention, the darkly comic Cirque du Freak boasts the shaggy charm of the natural...
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50

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The finished film has been tinkered with and tweaked so thoroughly that it borders on the incomprehensible.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Reilly gives it his all, and he’s both very enjoyable and about as scary as a stubbed toe.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Making a vampire movie without any bite is like removing guns from a Western.
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38

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Jammed with story threads that don’t cohere, Cirque commits the cardinal sin for a vampire movie: It’s bloodless.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Subplots go nowhere, and characters -- many played by well-known actors -- barely get screen time. Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek, and Jane...
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The movie is occasionally clever, but still inferior to last year's "Twilight" film, mostly because the story is so muddled.
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CIRQUE DU FREAK. Not freaky enough! Grade: C-minus. (Based on a advance VIP press preview)

By MOVIES REVIEWER
This 1hr 48mins movie-adaptation of Darren Shan's first three volumes of The Saga of Darren Shan was ineptly directed by Paul Weitz and terribly edited by Leslie Jones. Poorly choreographed fight...

Must go!

By shawnpace1
This movie is going to rock. I've seen parts of the filming and it's awsome....

Must See!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By dirtbike50
This movie is going to be foukin awsome.It is going to be filled with awsome ****!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...

Vampires assistant

By Ph03nix26
I went to see it with my husband and I am a huge fan of John c rieley he's a great actor . Although his role in this movie is a bit serious he still finds a way to make it light and funny. We both...

Great movie!

By xmonroex
I have absolutely no interest in vampire movies. The only reason I went to see this movie was because of the scare zone at the Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights (Orlando,FL). After seeing...

idiots its not supposed to be a comedyi

By jdiesel1991
for all of u people that say it is dissapointing because it is not funny, ur idiots the books had barely any comedy in them at all it was gore and action, i think it was good but they could have done...

OMFG

By betty5
this movie is goin to be sweet the books were awsome nd now the movie must be holy s*@#t...

Vampire's Assisstant

By jumpingjacks
Had no idea what to expect. Took the kids on a whim. I don't like paying full price for movies cause I generally feel cheated when the show is over. I have to admit that this show was very...

The Vampire's Assistant

By puffmom470
Cute movie. Not for the little ones, though. Some mild language and scary creatures. I never thought of John C. Reilly as attractive before...but with the vampire persona he was sort of alluring. I...

The Vampire's Assistant

By lexi2000
The movie was awsome! If you are a true vampire lover, you'll love this movie....

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Rated PG-13 | For sequences of intense supernatural violence and action, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 12 & under Teen vampire flick is scarier, edgier than the book series.
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