Reviews: The Little Vampire – The Movie

 

"Little Vampire" a film for all the family to sink its teeth into"

"A family film that will not upset the little ones and avoids over sentimentality is something to treasure"

By Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times News Service, Published on Taipeitimes.com, June 27, 2003

 

"Family values with a bite"

By Jay Carr, Boston Globe, Published: 10/27/2000

"Young Jonathan Lipnicki didn´t carry "Jerry Maguire" and neither does he carry "The Little Vampire", but he´s a big part of the reason the latter is the sweetly macabre charmer it is. With his square face, buzz cut, and glasses that complete the poignant, aristocratic vampires and the humans in Angela Sommer-Bodenburg´s popular children´s books. Like those books, the film reminds us that Harry Potter isn´t the whole story in children´s literature, reversing the usual vampire movie clichés and advancing a few morals about tolerating differences."

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"Uli Edels efficient direction and slicky gloomy visuals bolster the appeal of this film that memorably adds new material to the concept of waiting until the cows come home. "The Little Vampire" is a film that kids can sink their theeth into." Jay Carr

 

"Little Vampire": Coffin Up Fun

By Rita Kempley, Washington Post Staff Writer, October 27, 2000

"The Little Vampire", starring the adorable bed-head Jonathan Lipnicki, traces its bloodline to a series of beloved children´s books by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg. A Draculesque clan lends this fun, whimsically spooky kiddie flick a bit of bite. But they have more in common with the histrionic eccentrics of the Addams Family than with Anne Rice´s debauched New Orleans-based brood."

"Director Ulrich Edel ("Last Exit to Brooklyn", "Homicide: Life on the Street") is hardly the man you´d expect to find behind the camera for such gritless fare. But although his approach isn´t exactly Disneyesque, it´s unlikely to scare the training pants off the wee moviegoers either. They might even appreciate the straightforwardness of the presentation."

"Clearly, the stakes are high, and pointed, too. But fear not, fangs will be looking up in the end." Rita Kempley

 

FILM IN REVIEW; "The Little Vampire"

By Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times, October 27, 2000

"No Halloween trickery is involved in this announcement: ''The Little Vampire'' is a treat.

Not often does a family film come along that is literate, clever, mischievous and just plain fun.

Directed by Uli Edel (''Christiane F.'' and ''Last Exit to Brooklyn'') and based on the popular ''Little Vampire'' novels by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg, this delightful juvenile adventure upsets the all-too-familiar autumn applecart in various ways.

"Anyway, pleasures of all sorts are to be found in ''The Little Vampire,'' which revolves around Tony, uprooted from his home in San Diego to move with his parents to Scotland, where his father is designing a golfing resort for Lord Mcashton (John Wood), whose family has a few secrets."

"As Halloween movies go, it's ''The Little Vampire'' that saves the day." Lawrence Van Gelder

 

"A Kiddie Comedy You Can Sink Your Teeth Into"

By Michael O´Sullivan, Washington Post Staff Writer, October 26, 2000

"Not 15 minutes into a recent Saturday-morning screening of "The Little Vampire", an utterly charming – if edgy – new film based on German author Angela Sommer-Bodenburg´s series of children´s books about the friendship between a 9-year-old boy and a juvenile vampire, a high-pitched voice in the audience cried out, "Mommy, I´m scared!" Pretty understandable, frankly, coming as it did at the point when our pint-size hero has just discovered a pale-skinned bat-boy with fangs and glowing eyes hiding in his bedroom.

"Casper the Friendly Vampire" this is not.

For mature kids and their parents, "The Little Vampire" is very funny in a way reminiscent of "Babe: Pig in the City", the darkly entertaining sequel to the popular pig flick that was more of a hit with critics than with audiences. No surprise considering that "Vampire´s director, Uli Edel, is probably best known for the controversial (and definitely not for children) "Last Exit to Brooklyn" or that its writers have worked on such smart fare as the recent "Chicken Run" (Karey Kirkpatrick) and the 1998 "Beetlejuice" (Larry Wilson)."

"The rest of the top-notch cast includes the wonderful Richard E. Grant ("Withnail and I") and Alice Krige ("Chariots of Fire") as Rudolph´s comically morose father and mother, and the veteran British stage and film actor John Wood as pompous Lord Mcashton, a Scottish nobleman with a few skeletons in his own closet.

Halfway through the movie, while all around him were laughing in glee, my pipsqueak critic neighbor piped up again: "Mommy, I don´t like this movie!" And later still, "Mommy, this movie´s not funny!"

"Yes it is," hissed mom sharply.

Sorry, kid, but I´m siding with the old lady." Michael O´Sullivan