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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Paul Weitz

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Plot Summary

Welcome to the Cirque Du Freak, a traveling sideshow filled with magical creatures, misunderstood freaks, and the mysterious vampire, Larten Crepsley (John C. Reilly). Drawn to the dark, unpredictable world of the Cirque, 16-year-old Darren (Chris Massoglia) decides to trade in his ordinary life for a chance to become an immortal vampire. As Darren explores his newfound powers and faces unexpected enemies, he’ll find that his existence as a member of the undead is filled with more challenges, suspense and fun than he ever thought possible. Based on the best-selling book series and co-starring Salma Hayek, Ken Watanabe, and Willem Dafoe, it’s a fast-paced, suspenseful journey critics call, "Imaginative!" (Peter Hall,

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 135
  • Fresh: 51
  • Rotten: 84
  • Average Rating: 4.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Tests its viewers' patience even as it strives to build their loyalty. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Jammed with story threads that don't cohere, Cirque commits the cardinal sin for a vampire movie: It's bloodless. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Feb 3, 2011

Rotten: Unfortunately Weitz can't quite get a handle on what the film should be, despite teaming up with the talented Brian Helgeland on the script. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Mixing horror and comedy while minimizing the gore, writer-director Paul Weitz serves up a witty adventure fantasy with a tasty dollop of schadenfreude. – Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Best film

I love this movie, it's truly amazing! The books are awesome too, I can't wait for this to come out! (although I am a little disappointed that the movie doesn't really follow the books, but then again no movie created off of a book does.)

Forget Loving A Vampire, Be A Assistant Instead!!!

Twilight, move over. There's a new great movie in town, and it's The Vampire's Assistant. Up in the ranks with Avatar, this is the best movie I have ever seen. Very orginial and entertaining. I've never read the books, but it failed in the box offic because it wasn't like them. One of the best movies ever shouldn't have to be like the book. It's laugh out loud funny at some parts, and it'll make you hold your breathe in supense in other. All together, truely amazing!!! I would recommend the soundtrack too. Wonderful music, and I'm not a big fan of music with no lyrics. :)


It was a goo movie but highly inacurate to the book and that will totaly ruin it for anyone who has read the books. By the way the books are much better and u should probably just read them instead.

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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 2009

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