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New York Times:
Interview with the Vampire promises a constantly surprising vampire story, and it keeps that promise.
It's about seduction, and either you succumb to its inky entrapments or you resist. When its mojo was working, I was happy to be had.
When Interview with the Vampire works, it's as compelling and engrossing a piece of entertainment as is available on film today. When it falters, the weaknesses seem magnified.
Why would Tom Cruise be playing Lestat, a gaunt, suave European vampire with a taste for young men? Because a big movie star can do whatever he wants.
The major problem lies with Rice's own script, which is dramatically repetitive and philosophically banal.
The leading performances, if acceptable, are not everything they needed to be to fully flesh out these elegant immortals.
The movie's energy starts to drain like blood from a vampire's victim. You'll feel that ebb, sooner or later, as you begin to glance regularly at your watch.
Passionately anticipated and much ballyhooed, the film, alas, is little more than a foppish, fang de siecle costume drama. Its pulse barely registers.