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Timur Bekmambetov's silly vampire film at least doesn't live down to expectations

It should come as no surprise to learn that Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is neither as good nor as bad as its laugh-out-loud trailer suggests. On the plus side, it's nowhere near as terrible as the all-title-no-trousers catastrophe of Cowboys & Aliens, a movie so awful that even the head of the studio that made it labelled it "crappy". On the downside, despite the Spinal Tap maxim that there's a very thin line between clever and stupid, this sometimes proves that there's an even thinner line between stupid and just plain dumb.

Adapted by screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith (author of the bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) from his own novel, this splattershot romp recasts America's 16th president as a heroic Van Helsing figure whose hatred of slavery dovetails neatly with a lust for vengeance upon the bloodsuckers who killed his mother. »

- Mark Kermode

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