Dean Essner - Entertainment Weekly
Interview with the Vampire promises a constantly surprising vampire story, and it keeps that promise.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
Passionately anticipated and much ballyhooed, the film, alas, is little more than a foppish, fang de siecle costume drama. Its pulse barely registers.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
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.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
My complaint about the film is that not very much happens, in the plot sense.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The leading performances, if acceptable, are not everything they needed to be to fully flesh out these elegant immortals.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
For all its visionary brilliance, the movie version of Interview never lets us close enough to see ourselves in Louis. We're dazzled but unmoved.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
...the movie's aggressively overlong running time often does threaten to negate its positive attributes...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Entertaining but gruesomely gory vampire tale.
Hollis Griffin - Common Sense Media
Beautiful to look at and dripping with atmosphere
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
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.
David Ansen - Newsweek
...something for everyone: heterosexuality, homosexuality, eroticism, murder, mayhem, pedophilia, necrophilia, nudity, gore.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Holds plenty of interest, even for those who find Anne Rice's gothic cult novels unreadable.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Jordan tries hard to inject some sort of Gothic sensibility into the film's early sequences, but it isn't until the third act, when the film enters the marvellously atmospheric world of the Thibtre des Vampires, that he really draws blood.
Dean Essner - Film4
Jordan is a master of poetic, deceptive atmosphere.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Anne Rice was right the first time around when she criticized Tom Cruise's casting in public, and Brad Pitt is not great either but like every Jordan's film, this problematic adaptation has some merits such as child actress Dunst and some arresting images
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Given that this is basically a Reader's Digest condensed version, the movie does a pretty good sweep job.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The major problem lies with Rice's own script, which is dramatically repetitive and philosophically banal.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Tragically overproduced, with a glaring central miscast.
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Spence D. - IGN Movies
A borderline effort.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
Brian J. Arthurs - Beach Reporter (Southern California)
It's an intensely dark tale -- the cinematography, the tone, the dialogue -- but for those who enjoy dark humor, Jordan has brilliantly inserted a few divine moments of comic relief.
Monica Hayde - Palo Alto Weekly
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Not what it could have been, but memorably moody
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
As a vampire picture -- pure and simple -- it's in a class by itself in both scope and stylishness.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
A fabulous adaptation of the Anne Rice novel and one of the best modern vampire films. In a genre dominated by trash, this is a rare gem.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
A well-made yet failed film that could give real pleasure only to those who prefer form over content.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Filled with a great cast and a very talented director, Interview with a Vampire is a great film
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
A night stalker yearns to maintain his human emotions of love, grief and guilt.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
The movie may well make money, but no matter how many zillions it grosses, Tom Cruise will forever after be something of a joke.
Stephen Farber - Movieline
What everyone missed, while hanging on to Tom's every "mon Dieu," was Jordan's ability to turn a novel with a flaccid film premise into something worth watching.
Dean Essner - Movieline
I got bored silly and totally disgusted.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Whatever one's preconceived notions might have been about Cruise as Lestat, he is very powerful in the role and literally takes charge every time he's on the screen.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Cruise will surprise Anne Rice fans as he did the author herself.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Outfitted in prosthetic fangs, translucent white makeup and a long, frizzy wig that makes him look like Tiny Tim, Cruise brings tremendous exuberance -- if not a lot of insight or nuance -- to the role of the vampire.
Edward Guthmann - San Francisco Free Press
Positively gorgeous, and extremely hollow.
Scott Renshaw - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Neil Jordan seems to make one good film after another on the theme of the sub-culture of people who live outside normal society. As his films go, this is not one of his best efforts.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
While vampire stories tend to be either scary or campy, Interview somehow manages to be neither...
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
A very satisfying film, and surely the first in a long franchise.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
The film is all mood, but little drama.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide