Critic Consensus: Director Neil Jordan remains as expert as ever when it comes to setting a chilling mood, but Byzantium struggles to match its creepily alluring atmosphere with a suitably compelling story.
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Critic Reviews for Byzantium
Arterton and Ronan's characters have the determination and brio of true heroines.
Arresting, gory and surprising, this flight-of-horror fantasy is wonderfully acted for post-Twilight vamp lovers craving something altogether eerier but emotionally resonant.
Female-forward and class-conscious, allegorical and adventurous, Byzantium is almost the anti-Batman.
Clara becomes more the subject of Jordan's empathy than the object of his lust (although there's some of that, too).
Audience Reviews for Byzantium
The film's opening gives the feeling that it has a dark secret to be revealed, layer by layer, as it proceeds. Unfortunately, there's only disappointment in store here. With a generous heart, 1/10 for the promise it makes to be a chilling affair, but fails to tend to, thankfully, without trying too hard!!
Byzantium will test the patience for some horror movie fans, particularly those who enjoy cheap boo scares every two minutes. But if you let this (slightly underdeveloped) story work its magic on you, it has a few pleasantly innovative twists up its sleeve.
3 3/4's--The director does a good job of creating a brooding, dark, and foreboding atmosphere. The storyline keeps you interested, as the story of the two vampires slowly unfolds. I liked how they focused on the human aspect of vampires, and the mythology was different and interesting. I am a vampire movie fan, and I have been getting tired of the teeny bopper vampire genre. This was definitely a step above...