30 Days of Night 2007

Critics score:
51 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: The script is simple stuff, simpler than the graphic novel, which at least managed to devote a page or two to the vampires' back story. Read more

Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader: Feels derivative of 28 Days Later. Read more

Mark Rahner, Seattle Times: Fleshing out their minimalist story in a way that won't cause the blood to drain from fans' faces, it's one of the better recent efforts as both a comic adaptation and a fright flick. Read more

Scott Tobias, AV Club: Director David Slade takes the film adaptation halfway home by getting the look exactly right. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: This is a full-on, non-stop horror film. You're either on the bus or off the bus. But if you are on, you're hanging on with both hands and your hair flying back for the better part of the movie. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: 30 Days is a proficient, atmospheric fangfest that does nothing you haven't seen before but still does it passably well. Read more

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle: Even as stage blood flows like water, this wicked-mean vampire thriller pushes ahead with effective characters, a fantastic visual schema and a terrifying plot. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: 30 Days of Night is relentless, but it's also relentlessly one-note. Read more

John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press: Even when it resorts to the hoariest cliches, 30 Days of Night still chills. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: The film moves from truly creepy to truly inane. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: The problem is structural. After the invasion, we're marooned with the dull survivors. Read more

Steven Boone, Newark Star-Ledger: Whatever power the original comic had, this film adaptation lost it in translation. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: An anemic adaptation of Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith's creepy comic series, 30 Days of Night is lighter on horror than it is on inadvertent humor. Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post: You could make a horror film with shocking story developments and creepy twists. Or, you could just have monsters with pointy teeth jump into the frame while making loud noises. For the latter, check out the vampire flick 30 Days of Night. Read more

David Germain, Associated Press: You can only see so many snarling hissy fits by vampires with perpetually bloody chins before they start looking less like monsters and more like ill-tempered circus clowns whose makeup is running. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: 30 Days hangs on a pretty cool conceit. Read more

Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer: A truly terrifying hell-ride through darkness for grownups. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: If this is the kind of movie you're looking for, it delivers. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: I have pretty much reached my quota for vampire movies, but I shouldn't hold that against this one. If you haven't seen too many, you might like it. Read more

Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle: 30 Days of Night is the well-paced and entertaining horror debut of Hard Candy director David Slade, who captures the coolest parts of Steve Niles' comic book series on the big screen. Read more

Scott Von Doviak, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com: The humans are a bore, but the vampires light up this Night. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: 30 Days of Night sparks with crackling energy. It's a symphony of shocks. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: Like most kiddies games, this one starts out fun and then gets tired. Inevitably, that's when Slade tries to revive our interest by upping the gore quotient. Read more

Bruce Demara, Toronto Star: It's clear the film script has gone through the standard Hollywood death-of-a-thousand-rewrites wringer to emerge as shadow of its former self, drained of much of its creative synergy. Read more

Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out: Read more

Hank Sartin, Time Out: Read more

David Fear, Time Out: Despite the clever twist of fighting vampires with an ultraviolet lamp (good thing grandma grew pot), this horror-flick fondue settles into an extended cat-and-mouse sequence dotted with the occasional dollop of gore. Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out: Read more

Nigel Floyd, Time Out: A frustrating mix of imaginative design, erratic plotting and underwritten characters. Read more

Scott Bowles, USA Today: 30 Days of Night manages to do for the vampire genre what 28 Days Later did for the zombie flick: give age-old monsters a modern-day makeover. Read more

Variety: Read more

Dennis Harvey, Variety: Result is a mixed bag but has a catchy premise and quite enough splatter to satisfy gorehounds. Read more

Robert Wilonsky, Village Voice: The movie's just not very scary. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: 30 Days of Night is the kind of gruesome but entertaining survival guide you pray you never have to follow: how to stop vampires killing you during the darkest days of Alaskan winter. Read more