Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Reviews
10.23.09 by REELZ
The reviews for this Paul Weitz-directed adaptation of the popular comic-goth novels are kind of sucking, shall we say. Does this signal the end of the vampire craze?
"...a harmless bit of fluff with a very cool look, but there's just never enough bite."
— Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times / AP
"...tests its viewers' patience even as it strives to build their loyalty."
— A. O. Scott, New York Times
"...includes good Vampires, evil Vampanese, a Wolf-Man, a Bearded Lady, a Monkey Girl with a long tail, a Snake Boy, a dwarf with a 4-foot forehead and a spider the size of your shoe, and they're all boring as hell."
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"All you need to know is that the movie is a setup for sequels that I hope never come. Jammed with story threads that don't cohere, Cirque commits the cardinal sin for a vampire movie: It's bloodless."
— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The vampire trend continues, but the only authentic bloodsuckers in Cirque du Freak are its producers and studio execs."
— Aaron Hillis, Village Voice