Jordan is no stranger to the yearnings of vampires. He directed Interview With the Vampire. But Byzantium is a kinder, gentler yet pretty durn bloody affair.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, 2013-07-12
Go ahead, bite.
Tom Long, Detroit News, 2013-07-12
Byzantium has a few moves that might surprise you. They have nothing to do with blood, but everything to do with the heart.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2013-07-11
Neil Jordan's sensitive and very slow exploration of vampire angst. That the film also seems intended as some kind of vampire feminist statement makes it a rare combination of mildly boring and mildly hilarious.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2013-07-05
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.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2013-07-04
It's a pleasure to see a vampire movie that aspires to something artful, and that explores the misery that comes with living - forever - on blood, and in the shadows.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2013-07-04
Mother/daughter conflict runs deeper - and much, much longer - than usual in this gorgeous, brooding, fascinatingly female-centric vampire saga, which also gushes waterfalls of blood.
Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times, 2013-06-28
"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.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 2013-06-27
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.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 2013-06-27
Lyrical, full of visually enthralling fantasy sequences punctuated by moments of intense, bloody violence ...
Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2013-06-27
Jordan, a master of mood, creates an unsettling atmosphere of small-town despair, and the film's sporadic spikes of violence ... are often inventive.
A.A. Dowd, AV Club, 2013-06-27
A drama that feels both strenuously earnest and impossible to take seriously.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, 2013-07-12
A confusing yet eye-pleasing tale that struggles to breathe new life into the well-worn mythology.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, 2013-07-11
The film slows and slumps as it ventures into a historical backstory, complete with a mysterious brotherhood, an ancient map, and Sam Riley in a wig worse than death.
Anthony Lane, New Yorker, 2013-07-01
Lines like "The pearl stays pure while the oyster's flesh rots around it" or "Would you like to kiss me? In celebration of my wickedness?" confound any efforts to make them sound less than ridiculous.
Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, 2013-06-28
"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.
Kyle Smith, New York Post, 2013-06-28
This feels tired as storytelling despite some evocative imagery and typically lush camerawork.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2013-06-27
Unfortunately, the story never grabs hold as insistently as Jordan's tone and visual artistry.
Ian Buckwalter, NPR, 2013-06-27
Despite multiple graphic beheadings and literal waterfalls of blood, the film generates a shockingly small amount of horror.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2013-06-27
"Byzantium" comes late to the vampire game hoping to restore a little decorum, but winds up looking decayed.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 2013-06-27