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Byzantium (2013)



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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BYZANTIUM is director Neil Jordan's (Interview with the Vampire, The Crying Game) sexy and stylish fantasy thriller about mother and daughter vampires dealing with the pitfalls of eternal life. Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara (Gemma Arterton) meets lonely Noel (Daniel Mays), who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan, Hanna, Atonement) befriends Frank (Caleb Landry Jones) and tells him their lethal secret: They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence. Also starring Sam Riley and Jonny Lee Miller. (c) IFC

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Critic Reviews for Byzantium

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (47)

Arterton and Ronan's characters have the determination and brio of true heroines.

August 28, 2019 | Full Review…

It's melancholia at its most trying.

September 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Arresting, gory and surprising, this flight-of-horror fantasy is wonderfully acted for post-Twilight vamp lovers craving something altogether eerier but emotionally resonant.

September 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

May 30, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Clara becomes more the subject of Jordan's empathy than the object of his lust (although there's some of that, too).

November 4, 2013 | Full Review…

Jordan is no stranger to the yearnings of vampires. He directed Interview With the Vampire. But Byzantium is a kinder, gentler yet pretty durn bloody affair.

July 12, 2013

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!!

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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.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer


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...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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