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Based on 25 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
67
Austin Chronicle
It's more fun than a poke in the heart with a sharp stick.
63
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Reilly is very funny as the sarcastic mentor, and director Paul Weitz strikes a loopy tone in the scenes at the freak encampment.
50
Miami Herald
The finished film has been tinkered with and tweaked so thoroughly that it borders on the incomprehensible.
50
A profoundly unsatisfying experience - and that doesn't consider the derivative nature of the plot and a lackluster performance by the lead actor.
40
Variety
The Vampire's Assistant is too busy making impossible claims about just how spectacular its sequels will be to serve up a self-contained story with a satisfying finale.
40
Village Voice
Directed by Paul Weitz (American Pie), the movie suffers from the same tonal schizophrenia of that other recent goth wannabe, "Jennifer's Body": Is it meant to be scary or funny? Oops, it's neither.
40
Vampirism is the new monstrosity du jour, and with Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, tweener boys get their own testosterone-infused variant of Twilight.
40
Making a vampire movie without any bite is like removing guns from a Western.
38
The movie has good special effects and suitably gruesome characters, but it's bloodless.
33
Subplots go nowhere, and characters -- many played by well-known actors -- barely get screen time. Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek, and Jane Krakowski are among those who are there and gone.

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