“Suck My Blade Motherf'cker.”
The sort of glittering trash pile that makes you dread the words comic-book movie.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
A cartoonish futuristic action-adventure yarn.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
A dull Blade indeed!
Susan Wloszczyna - USA Today
The count would be rolling in his grave if only there weren't a stake in his heart!
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
Eventually, Blade loses its edge.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
Children of the night, what disgusting movies they make.
Justine Elias - Village Voice
Sultry, silly story!
- Houston Chronicle
Pure visceral imagery.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Hopelessly dated before its release.
Lisa Alspector - Chicago Reader
- Philadelphia Inquirer
Anchored by powerful Wesley Snipes, it immediately grabs you by the jugular and holds tight for two hours.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Lots of exploding heads and oceans of blood, moves fast and with no discernible meaning but looks good.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Though slick and diverting in some aspects, increasingly silly pic has trouble meshing disparate elements -- horror, superhero fantasy, straight-up action -- into a workable whole.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
Goyer's script predicably alternates from scenes of Snipes brooding and Snipes kicking vampire butt.
Sean Means - Film.com
A pulsing, wooshing, visceral experience that amounts to great fun and an entirely disposable movie.
Tom Keogh - Film.com
A two-hour collection of jokes, stunts, chases and bloodlettings in search of a story or at least one compelling character.
John Hartl - Film.com
There are lots of stunts, chase sequences and so much computer morphing that the effects house must have been offering it at discount.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
The fight scenes -- particularly Blade's first appearance -- are undeniably exciting.
Charles Taylor - Salon.com
Blade has the capacity to dazzle, but it also will leave many viewers dissatisfied.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Boring vampire blood bath isn't for kids.
Maria Llull - Common Sense Media
Allows Wesley Snipes to show off his athletic prowess, but the storytelling leaves quite a bit to be desired.
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
Achieves just the right combination of lore and fetishized action movie.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
Ideal summer fare: quite enjoyable, and equally disposable.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
A reasonably diverting videogame of a movie but not successful entertainment.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
An attempt to redefine cutting edge horror, this techno-vampire pic is spoiled by the same weak storytelling and flashy, computer game visuals.
- Time Out
You end up with a fast-paced, sci-fi, action hero, monster movie that screams, the makers hope, for a franchise.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
[It's] dopey and lifeless.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
[An] enjoyable movie experience.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Embora as cenas de luta sejam intensas e o roteiro seja habil ao trazer a historia de Blade para as telas, os fracos efeitos especiais e a trama envolvendo o "deus sangue" comprometem um pouco o filme. Felizmente, a continuacao se revelou bem melhor.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Guesomely dark and just plain unappealing.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Dark and edgy comic book characters, punctuated by a hypnotic techno soundtrack and jaw-dropping action. Snipes was born to play the role. Dorff delivers a fantastic villain.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
The acting is overblown, the special effects are impressive, and the violence is loud and often. Just like in a comic strip.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Within the confines of its genre, it's a cut above the usual.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
Oh man! This is so the best comic book adaptation ever!
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Move over, Buffy -- the summer's most exciting vampire slayer would have to be Blade.
Dan Tobin - Boston Phoenix
Snipes plays his superhero character with such aching coolness that you can't wait for the next dumb-ass vampire to get in his way.
Almar Haflidason - BBC
It's no Saving Private Ryan, OK? But go at night, bring some friends, have a ball. Chomp some popcorn!
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
...comic book silliness all the way, highly predictable, gory and violent, made respectable by its high-energy quotient and its high-gloss finish.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
A thoroughly watchable action movie with several fright-inducing scenes, a good deal of black humor, and some notable underlying themes that never quite congeal.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
This is a very violent and gory movie with some gross-out scenes, but the action is exciting. The characters, evidently based on comic book characters, are thin.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A variation on Schwarzenegger's The Terminator!
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Fans of the comic book, and nonstop action, will love this stylish vampire film!
Ann Hornaday - Baltimore Sun
It's a gruesome, gore-filled fang-fest.
Susan Granger - rec.arts.movies.reviews
An enjoyable action-packed special effects movie.
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
Fast, bloody and flamboyant.
Cynthia Fuchs - Philadelphia City Paper
If you like your science-fiction action packed, or your action movie to have a brain, then this Blade is for you.
Greg Dean Schmitz - Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
If only it wasn't such bloody nonsense.
Walter V. Addiego - San Francisco Examiner
Breathlessly delivered backstory, overdesigned sets and flat, suspense-defying direction!
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
By the time the movie was over, I was in awe over the visionary success that I had just scene.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Lots of pumping blood and superhuman feats power this Wesley Snipes- as- half- vampire flick above the norm.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
A triumph of visual brilliance, a great piece of flashy, moody pulp, and a film of mostly style and very little substance.
Ted Prigge - Deconstructing Edward
Big as it is, Blade is meticulous and subtle, not just in its camera technique but in the way it works its themes and creates a mood.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
For most of its two-hour running time it simply flings a barrage of horrors at the audience.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
[It] could have used lots of sharpening.
Bob Bloom - rec.arts.movies.reviews
My question is, if audiences are trying so desperately to escape whatever's got them all worked up in their daily lives, how is this any better?
Paul Tatara - CNN.com
At once a good action film and a bad piece of fantasy.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Few of Blade's characters are fleshed out beyond their comic-strip borders.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
A bombastic, slick and thoroughly enjoyable splatter flick.
Robert K. Elder - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A ghoulish thriller with a really super super hero and engrossingly gross special effects.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Snipes was super-cool, and much like Shaft, I'm not afraid to admit that he was one bad mutha!
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
A hyper smorgasbord of a horror film!
Julie Hinds - San Jose Mercury News
Fortunately, Mr. Buffed-Up the Vampire Slayer is surrounded by a hugely entertaining supporting cast.
Maitland McDonagh - Film Journal International
After two grueling hours of slicing and dicing, I hardly savored this time not well spent.
Elias Savada - Nitrate Online
A pleasant enough popcorn movie that may not break any new ground, but has a fun time right where it is.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
Exciting and occasionally very spooky.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Short of being terribly bloody and packed with special effects, all the showdowns are strictly stock stuff.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Resoundingly failing to even partially realize their protagonists, plots and backstories!
Christine James - Boxoffice Magazine
Glittering and gruesome, slickly assembled and strangely silly.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Norrington's ability with stuntwork, fight sequences and positing CGI are unquestionable.
Darren Bignell - Empire Magazine
Interview With the Vampire it's not, but marginally thrilling nonetheless.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
There's just too much viscera, and not enough depth.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The fight scenes between Blade and the vampires are some of the best-choreographed in recent memory, this side of Hong Kong.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
By the second half, it's dragging despite all the action.
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
It's the first time in human history that I've actually wanted a sequel.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
A very welcome surprise.
Gemma Files - eye WEEKLY
Blade is one of those all-style, no-substance goth-mix adaptations that looks like The Crow, sounds like Spawn, and feels like Dark City.
Naomi Ryerson - Mr. Showbiz
Of the many vampire films of late, this one stands out.
Mike DeWolfe - Apollo Guide
Pulsates with pounding vitality!
- E! Online
If vampire pictures are your cup of tea, this is one of the better ones.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
An intensely thrilling comic-book story.
Rick Mortensen - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Throwaway fun that will amuse horror and action lovers, but probably no one else.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Takes itself far too seriously for its own good.
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