'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   9 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   179 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    The movie plays safe by cutting every theme down the middle - a swing that's effective when splitting wood or vampire skulls, but dull when applied to filmmaking.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is such a smashing title it's too bad someone had to spoil things by making a movie to go with it.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    Bekmambetov directs with gusto, and the forthright absurdity of the story, combined with its weirdly heartfelt self-belief is winning.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    Despite its factual dismemberment of the movie's namesake, Hunter bristles as summer action fodder. Honest.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Both terribly silly and a lot of fun.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    25
    It's a sin against entertainment.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Possible resulting "fun" is only slightly mitigated by contemplation of the wearisome decadence of American popular culture.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    This insipid mashup of history lesson and monster flick takes itself semi-seriously, which is truly deadly.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Someone forgot to tell the filmmakers ... that the movie was supposed to be fun. Or at least smart.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ricardo Baca Denver Post (Top Critic)
    50
    The disconnect between intention and final product is a head scratcher.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    20
    It constitutes a moral sin, if not an outright moral crime, and commits a grave insult against history.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bruce Diones New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The violence quickly becomes numbing, and Benjamin Walker plays Lincoln without the sense of irony needed to keep the historical and supernatural sides of the story consistently entertaining.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    A more entertaining movie than I remotely expected.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    It sounds fun. It's a little fun. For a while. But Bekmanbetov shoots every killing spree like an addled gamer, working that slow-down-speed-up kill-shot cliche like a maniac.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    Here is the worst thing to happen to Abe Lincoln in a theater since he attended "Our American Cousin."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    59
    What next, "George Washington Werewolf"? Laugh not, history profs.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Barbara VanDenburgh Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    The problem with movies based on a single joke is that a single joke is rarely funny enough to sustain the running time of a feature-length film. And with "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," the whole joke is in the title.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a Civil War-era actioner of questionable taste and historical accuracy but surprisingly consistent entertainment value.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    0
    Don't let the stupid title dissuade you from seeing "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Let the stupid plot, the stupid history, the stupid action scenes, the stupid trivializing of slavery . . .
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bruce Demara Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    This film should be campy fun, but in Bekmambetov's unsteady hands, it feels laboured and unsatisfying.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    42
    Bekmambetov doesn't expect us to take the premise seriously, exactly. But he doesn't seem to want us to laugh at it, either.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Adams Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    38
    The trouble with the so-called high-concept film is that too often the concept is the best thing about it and the actual movie essentially a series of rather rote, progressively more tiresome variations on its premise.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Bekmambetov ... stages hilarious, imaginative, almost free-form action sequences like nobody in the business.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    63
    The concept of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is worthy of a good chuckle or two, but the execution proves that sometimes a clever title does not beget a production of equal value.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Justin Lowe Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Genre enthusiasts will lap up the mixture of action and fantasy, while history buffs who don't mind a bit of rewriting will dig into an alternative spin on the Civil War period.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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