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Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

1 h 48 min2009X-Ray12
Based on the hugely popular series of young adult books, Cirque Du Freak tells the frightening tale of a boy who unknowingly breaks a 200-year-old truce between two warring factions of vampires.
Paul Weitz
John C. ReillyKen WatanabeJosh Hutcherson
Science FictionFantasyAction
English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Chris MassogliaRay StevensonPatrick FugitWilliam DafoeSalma Hayek
Andrew MianoEwan LeslieLauren Shuler Donner
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4.4 out of 5 stars

832 global ratings

  1. 67% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 14% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 12% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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Alex CoupeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great film!
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Watched this with the family one lazy Sunday morning and we all loved it! Great cast, great plot and overall an excellent film! John C. Reily is the stand out star! It's such a shame there isn't going to be a sequel. We've bought the full series of books that this film is based on to enjoy the continuation of this excellent story!
JaamReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 May 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Spectacular scenery and settings, just not missing soul.
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The scipt isn't bad, the acting is decent in its own way and the sceneray and settings are spectacular; however it just doesn't have a soul - it just somehow seems to miss the spot...
I think it is due to its indentity crisis! Is this a horror movie; is it a comedy, action???? It tries to do all 3 and like many of us, when we try to do too much we fail..

Should have stuck with horror and I think it might have worked quite well.
PJ RankineReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 March 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Darker than Harry Potter
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I've only read the first book in the series and that was generally dealt with in the first half of the film so I don't know how the rest of the adaptation goes but viewers shouldn't always relate the films to the books that inspired them. As a stand alone piece there was nothing wrong with this film at all, I enjoyed it all apart from Chris Massoglia's unfortunate nasal tones. It was exciting and funny at times and treated the freaks of the titular Cirque with sympathy and dignity. Overall it was great entertainment and from first impressions if it turns into a series then it should be less repetitive than Harry Potter. The transfer to blu ray is first class although its presented in wide screen and the audio track is excellent. The start up was rather slow and I was suprised to see it link straight into BD live and download a feature about the new 'pocket Blu' app for smartphones. It has a good selection of extras including 36 deleted scenes. I would like to have had the option to re-introduce these to the main feature as a lot of them dealt with life in the Cirque. Definitely worth the cost of a blu ray this one.
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Tracie_dizzyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 September 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good film
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This was a good film I've actually ready the books and the books are alot better than the film, the film was funny and casting was great but lots have been missed out in the film, maybe they should do a second follow on
JoshReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 March 2011
2.0 out of 5 stars
A messy attempt at bringing a great story to life
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I rate this film 2 stars, having seen it in the cinema. I cannot decide whether this is too harsh or not harsh enough.

For a start, the actual film isn't terrible, it's enough to hold some interest I guess. As a huge fan of the books, naturally I was disappointed since it was only loosely based on the books, and the casting was poor enough to ruin my perception of the characters masterfully created in the books. Reilly was an awful choice for Mr Crepsley in my opinion since he is usually starring in films is a complete idiot so the whole dark side to him is lost. I think whilst it is impossible to completely recreate everything in the books, the fact they made up a new key character and made her Darren's love interest was just annoyingly painful for hardcore Darren Shan fans. The film is also too comical and also not dark enough for the fans of the books.

I did not give this film one star because it was not a complete disaster, as I said the film is enjoyable enough at points. Some younger children will find this an enjoyable film. However my main bone to pick with this film is that it just seems like it has no proper target audience. As far as I know, in the UK this film is rated a 12. The problem here is that the film would be more appealing to younger children, yet they cannot access it since it has a 12 rating, yet the film is not sinister or unnerving enough to satisfy any teen audiences above 12. As a result, the film is incredibly hit or miss with audiences. Yet most likely a miss, since young children who should be enjoying it are restricted from viewing it, teenagers will find it too childish, and die-hard Darren Shan fans will be disappointed by the deviation from the plot. In fact, as I write this conclusion, I think I answered my original question of "is 2 stars not harsh enough?" I think I was being too kind now.
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angharad mairReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 June 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
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The mediocre rating does not signify any damage or fault on behalf of the seller. It simply due to the actual movie. It's good, but I'd recommend it to the 11-14 year old audience only. I remembered absolutely loving the book series when I was younger but had never actually seen the film, so I decided to get it and see if it fit with the books. It however, did not. The film isn't that great and if you've read the books, you'll notice a lot of faults. Other than that, it was a little boring. So personally, I would not recommend.
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Mr. Norman M. BrownReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 April 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fun with Fangs!
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This is an adaptation of the first novel from the popular Darren Shan novels - Cirque Du Freaque. Whilst this is an enjoyable horror comedy, with many key elements of the book, it differs in tone from the novels. Mainly this is a result of the miscasting of John C Reilly as the wise and ancient vampire Crepsley - a role of that might have been better filled by someone like Max Von Sydow. However, if you have never read the books, I am sure you would enjoy this goth-com. Look out for the ever excellent Ray Stevenson as Murlagh.
L. CamidgeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 April 2010
3.0 out of 5 stars
Vampires? They're just harmless fun
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Impeccably PG - I lent it to a friend who watched it with his six year-old - and a great introduction to the undying genre of vampire-lit. Top-class actors and no overt romance or sexuality: I'd have loved this when I was nine, but by the time I was 12 I'd have voted for Stephanie Meyer. Progress? nah, but that's hormones for you.

I watched it with a class of 13 year-olds, and was afraid they might find it tame and asexual (not that the word is in their lexicon). But most of them enjoyed it, as they are largely boys who I suspect have hormonal stirrings in the undergrowth but are (thankfully for all concerned) still at the wrestling/giggling/boasting/drawing cocks on each other's books stage.
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