Jakob's Wife

critic Reviews

, 80% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Jakob's Wife gives genre legend Barbara Crampton an opportunity to carry an old-school horror story -- and she bloody well delivers.
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    Steven ScaifeSlant Magazine
    Travis Stevens is psychologically astute, until it gives itself over to turning subtext into extremely legible text.
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    Meagan NavarroBloody Disgusting
    Its silliness often undermines its exploration of themes and clever gender-swapping. Moreover, it lacks a clear identity; there are two warring movies at play. Still, Crampton fully unleashed will be more than enough to please the midnight crowd.
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    Katie RifeAV Club
    Stevens mostly compensates for weaknesses in the dialogue by shifting among the film's wildly divergent tones, but this is Crampton's movie through and through.
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    Kristy PuchkoRogerEbert.com
    In the end, Jakob's Wife doesn't deliver on the promise of the premise.
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    Jessica KiangVariety
    A thin, half-hearted reworking of the vampire mythos that can't quite decide if it's spoofy or serious, and doesn't have the smarts to be both.
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    Dolores QuintanaDolores Quintana
    JAKOB'S WIFE is a vital and shocking modern vampire story that seduces you with your own fears and longing. It is empowerment by exsanguination.
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    Patrick BromleyF This Movie!
    This is a horror comedy that says so many things about so many things about relationships, marriage, and gender politics, but it's also a blood-soaked blast of fun.
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    Jacob HallSlashfilm
    As a showcase for its legendary leads, and as late-night snack for those who like scores synthesized and their blood practical, it's certainly a good enough time at the movies.
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    Heather WixsonDaily Dead
    Stevens has done a great job with injecting some new blood into the vamp-centric subgenre with Jakob's Wife, and I enjoyed how well he managed to blend together elements of this story that were both dramatic and campy here as well.
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    Nick JohnstonVanyaland
    Jakob's Wife is a ton of fun, but it's substantial enough so that it enriches as much as it entertains
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