Vampire's Kiss
Vampire's Kiss (1989)

Peter Loew, a sleazy NYC literary agent, prowls the bars in the evening looking for some action. One night he hooks up with Jennifer Beals, and in the course of their relations, she bites him on the neck. When he wakes up the next morning,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 2, 1989
DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: He's a vampire! He's a vampire! He's a vampire!

Variety Staff

Problem is that Cage's over-the-top performance generates little sympathy for the character, so it's tough to be interested in him as his personality disorder worsens.

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Caryn James
New York Times

The film is dominated and destroyed by Mr. Cage's chaotic, self-indulgent performance.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

A vampire satire with real bite.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

What really makes this worth seeing is Cage's outrageously unbridled performance.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

What this movie needs isn't criticism, it's more like a stake through the heart.

J.C. Mašek III

As Vampire's Kiss unspools, the lead character, Peter Loew (Cage), wavers in and out of this accent and a wide variety of voices, seeming to give every role Cage has ever played (or would ever play, past, present and future) equal vocal time in the film.

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Time Out

Bierman's striking first feature leaves one trembling between corrosive laughter, edgy terror, and a residual sadness at Loew's pitiful plight.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

You're not exactly sure if the material is meant to be funny or is laughable merely by default.

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Brian Orndorf

100-minute-long piece of performance art masquerading as a moody, silly indie switchblade. Rarely impresses, succumbing to overwhelmingly sluggish filmmaking decisions and a permissive attitude that robs the picture of its...well...bite.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Nick Cage plays a snooty New Yorker who believes he may have been bitten by a vampire, believes he may be turning into one himself. Or, an already over-the-top… More
Red Lats
I read that Vampire's Kiss is now a cult film. I guess I'm not in the cult. Does it really matter if he is a vampire or not if it is a bad movie?
Cory Taylor
At the witching hour in NYC, the opening title sequence for the fiendishly pell-mell, daft cult classic 'Vampire's Kiss' is drenched in… More
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Alex roy
Back when vampires had a certain deadly sex appeal, not overly romanticized like they are, vampire films were lots of fun and highly entertaining.… More
Jack Hawkins
Over the years, Nicolas Cage has developed a reputation for being a 'paycheque actor'; the National Treasures, the Ghost Riders and the slew of others… More