80

Boxoffice Magazine

With bubbles of nascent arousal frothing at the film's feminine surface, Moth Diaries' commercial potential is likely to hinge on whether or not audiences can stand to be confronted with the confusion they felt as adolescents.
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70

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
It offers glancing pleasures of the atmospheric kind – the impact is the equivalent of a filmy cobweb brushing against your cheek. It tickles more than it bites.
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63

Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
This is one vampire film whose sexless, generic ending betrays a promise of revisionist complexity.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Her (Harron) torpid adaptation of Rachel Klein's novel about female sexual desire, jealousy, death wishes, and vampires at a girls' boarding school defeats Harron's talent for exploring darkness on the edge of kinkiness.
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50

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Roiling with jealousy, suicide and latent lesbian urges, The Moth Diaries dances on the border between hallucination and reality without fully committing to either. Yet the film's narrative frailties are offset by impeccable performances and a consistently eerie tone, helped along by a location as forbidding as the "Overlook."
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

Suspenseless, uninvolving and underdeveloped, it wastes the talents of an almost entirely distaff cast that deserves much stronger material.
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40

Time

By Richard Corliss
All three give performances that would suit a better movie than this pallid shocker with little heart and no bite.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Way too serious for its own good. The best vampire movies are some combination of sexy, scary or campy. This one is 100 percent earnest, and the hazy mysteries taken from Rachel Klein's book aren't strong enough to keep the audience engaged.
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20

Time Out New York

By David Fear
They've taken an intriguing story about female neuroses with gothic overtones and turned it into a graceless, butt-ugly attempt at Twilight-lite.
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20

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Director Mary Harron ("American Psycho") can do little with this bloodless drama.
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38 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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