The Moth Diaries
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Acclaimed director Mary Harron returns with the chilling story of Rebecca (Sarah Bolger), a young girl who, haunted by her father's suicide, enrolls in an elite boarding school for girls. Before long, Rebecca's friendship with the popular Lucy (Sarah Gadon) is shattered by the arrival of a dark and mysterious new student named Ernessa (Lily Cole). Rebecca, whose overtures of concern are rejected by Lucy, finds herself lost and confused. Rebecca starts to suspect that Ernessa is a vampire, but, despite the suspicious deaths that begin to occur, her fears are treated as simple girlish… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

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"Way too serious for its own good."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"Harron can do little with this bloodless drama, a shadow of such quiet vampire treats as "Let the Right One In" and "The Addiction.""
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Vamps-fans won't find much to gnaw on here."
‑ Ken McIntyre, Total Film
"A redundant teen-horror romp which, in the space of its slender running time, actually begins to make you pine for the return of Bella and Edward."
‑ Calum Waddell, SFX Magazine
"There's no mystery, suspense or intrigue. Worst of all, there are no real scares - though that may be due to the Young Adult market it's trying to tap into."
‑ James Mottram, The List
"Roiling with jealousy, suicide and latent lesbian urges, "The Moth Diaries" dances on the border between hallucination and reality without fully committing to either."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Harron, a supremely intelligent adaptor who did wonders with the screen version of Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho, simply doesn't have the chops to give this story the florid kick it needs."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"I'd give this moth-eaten nonsense a miss."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"The lacklustre script is so determined to spell out thoughts and emotions that it becomes insulting."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"If you thought the Twilight films were hard to sit through, wait until you get a load of this toothless attempt to cash in on today's hormone-fuelled vampire craze."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"The Moth Diaries fails to frighten, titillate or otherwise engage the imagination."
‑ Kathleen Murphy, MSN Movies
"Where are the shivers? The girls are properly fragile, ethereal and neurotic, but the way Ms. Harron gingerly moves them around like porcelain dolls is too careful to stir up much terror."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"There's a terrific sense of menace in this gothic dramatic thriller, which plays on the story's fantasy elements to take us into a teen girl's troubled imagination. It's beautifully shot too."
‑ Rich Cline,
"Like the central character, it's difficult to convince ourselves that this sinister nastiness isn't really happening. So we get increasingly unnerved as the story progresses."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
""The Moth Diaries" just ends up feeling like a desperate attempt to cash in on the vampire craze created by "Twilight.""
‑ Jeff Beck,
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