Shadow of the Vampire Synopsis
A director (John Malkovich) gets a vampire (Willem Dafoe) to star in his horror film.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's a mesmerizing spectacle.
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88

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
Paints a vivid and darkly humorous picture of a world where directors are all-powerful and vampires are real; whether you want to buy into...
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
He's (Dafoe) the stuff bad dreams are made of. He's also the best movie vampire since Schreck's original. He deserves a bloody Oscar.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
"Willem Dafoe is Max Schreck." I put quotes around that because it's not just a line for a movie ad but the truth: He embodies the Schreck...
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84

Mr. Showbiz

By Michael Atkinson
Might be the most original film of the year.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Kicky, elaborately constructed fantasy.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Dafoe never reverts to campy, movie-monster gestures but seems liberated, consumed by his character, inspired to give a performance that's...
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Works on several playful levels. Most obviously, it is a horror movie in which life imitates art on a movie set.
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75

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
Feast upon a career-peak Willem Dafoe performance as a bat-eared fiend who is foul, funny, ferocious, forlorn and unforgettable.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A bit of a one-joke wonder.
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Rated R | For Low Level Violence, Drug Use and Low Level Coarse Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Vampire satire has some creepy moments.
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