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Byzantium

6/10
Horror . Thriller . Fantasy . Drama
 

Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank 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.

 
Actors: Ruby Snape , David Heap , Barry Cassin , Thure Lindhardt , Warren Brown , Daniel Mays , Caleb Landry Jones , Sam Riley , Saoirse Ronan , Gemma Arterton
Directors: Neil Jordan
Country: UK , USA , IRELAND
Release: 2013-05-31
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  • Manohla Dargis

    Again and again, as the story shifts between women, times and moods, Mr. Jordan adds a punctuating flourish...that exquisitely illustrates the once-upon-a-time mood.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The movie is gorgeous, mesmerizing, poetic; the lyricism actually heightened by harsh jets of gore.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Bruce Ingram

    It takes a while, but the old-fashioned pleasure of watching a well-told story unfold eventually becomes the chief satisfaction in Byzantium, though there are other things to enjoy as well.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Byzantium isn't Jordan's first movie about bloodsuckers—that would be 1994's Interview with the Vampire—but it's the right vampire movie for today, poetic and elegant in an artfully tattered way.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Jordan’s poetic sensibilities more than make up for any flaws. His uncanny aptitude for conjuring up resonantly metaphorical images — from a pointed fingernail pushing toward a vein to a waterfall turning into a literal river of blood — proves there’s plenty of life left in this undead genre.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    A mixture of tough and wistful and reflective and brutal, this is the ideal vampire movie for Twi-hards who’ve had their hearts broken for the first time and want to move on to a less cosy vision of eternal romance with a side order of addiction.

    Empire Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    While it flirts with the ridiculous, the film manages to maintain a certain gravitas as its many stories unfold.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    It’s not perfect, but when it works, Byzantium towers above all of the romantic vampire slobber we’ve been getting lately. I fear that Dracula is watching from some moldy crypt somewhere, nodding approval.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    By the standards of Jordan's earlier films, "Byzantium" is unquestionably a minor achievement, but its technical specs help flesh out a thick environment that elevates the proceedings to a lyrical plane.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Jordan’s tone is consistently drab and morose, which is fitting enough, but the story drags a bit, bouncing back and forth in time in a manner that is sometimes useful, sometimes not. Overall, though, it’s an intriguing addition to the genre.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Byzantium's appeal is not so much its bite, which could use some refining, but the emotional journey its undead take. In Jordan's hands, the vampires are so very human.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    With her piercing baby blues that never seem to settle on a subject, even when she’s locked in conversation with it, Ronan seems just… off enough to play a vampiric vixen.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The joke seems to be that in 2013, it’s hard to teach an old bloodsucker new tricks. Still, Byzantium has a few moves that might surprise you. They have nothing to do with blood, but everything to do with the heart.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    There’s not much new here, but at least Byzantium has well-acted, compelling characters telling its time-worn tale with style. That’s the best we can hope for, these days, from this genre that will not die.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    Forlorn depictions of love and death may dignify Neil Jordan's film, but narrative withholding ultimately drives a stake into its unmistakable heart.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Sarah Nicole Prickett

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

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ian Buckwalter

    Neil Jordan seems well aware that audiences may be feeling deep fatigue about vampires. So with his latest, the director of Interview With the Vampire makes a vampire film that seeks to reinvent the species, while harking back to a more classical — read: less sparkly — take on the genre.

    NPR Full Review
  • Neil Smith

    Jordan’s apparent resolve to make an anti-Twilight unfortunately results in a movie that, if not for a fistful of moments of shock, style and excess, would be as drained of colour and tension as Ronan’s victims are of hemoglobin.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    It isn’t just the bright colors and the costumes but every visual aspect of Byzantium that sings. Neil Jordan knows where to put the camera. It’s just a shame he wasn’t able to inject a little life inside that frame.

    Film.com Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The best thing in the movie is Arterton's sultry, claw-baring turn, but mostly it's a rudderless riff on "Let the Right One In."

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    Though given two committed turns by a tremendously sexy and vicious Arterton and a solid-as-always Ronan, Byzantium often feels as gray and lifeless as the corpses in the film.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Neil Jordan’s Byzantium dares to rework “Twilight” with twice the teen moping and Robert Pattinson replaced by a guy with the sexual magnetism of a sickly Ron Weasley.

    New York Post Full Review
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  • 11. Nacht Und Traume, D.827 Performer: Janet Baker as Dame Janet Baker and Geoffrey Parsons Stream Music Online