Critics Consensus

Nadja approaches the Dracula legend from an idiosyncratic angle - and with just enough visual style to overcome uneven storytelling.



Total Count: 25


Audience Score

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Movie Info

A beautiful vampire is stalking the streets of downtown New York in this combination horror film and black comedy. Nadja is the daughter of a recently deceased Romanian count (a renowned fellow from Transylvania). She refuses to continue on in his centuries old tradition of blood-sucking; Nadja wants a different life. But old habits are hard to break and in the first scene we see her lustily dining upon a fellow she'd picked up in a New York bar. Nadja's next victim is Lucy. After seducing Lucy, Nadja finds that she is in love. But Lucy is married to Jim, and Jim's uncle Dr. Van Helsing was the killer of Nadja's father. Now the good doctor wants to get Nadja and her ailing twin brother Edgar, who is being cared for by nurse Cassandra. The film follows a serpentine path of plot twists before reaching it's conclusion.


Peter Fonda
as Dr. Van Helsing/Dracula
Suzy Amis
as Cassandra
Karl Geary
as Renfield
David Lynch
as Morgue Attendant
Jack Lotz
as Boxing Coach
Nic Ratner
as Bar Victim
Rob Gosse
as Garage Mechanic
Rome Neal
as Garage Mechanic
Bob Gosse
as Garage Mechanic
José Zúñiga
as Bartender
Isabel Gilles
as Waitress
Bernadette Jurkowski
as Dracula's Bride
Jeff Winner
as Young Dracula
as Bela
Giancarlo Roma
as Romanian Kid
Anna Roma
as Romanian Mother
Thomas Roma
as Romanian Policeman
Aleksander Rasic
as Romanian Policeman
Miranda Russell
as Lucy's Baby
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Critic Reviews for Nadja

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (10)

  • In the title role of Michael Almereyda's "Nadja," an elegant, witty but also sometimes tedious spin on the legend of Dracula, Elina Lowensohn is a black-caped beauty with a bold Frida Kahlo face.

    Oct 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This offbeat horror item works much better as a dreamy mood piece with striking poetic images and as a semicomic appreciation of a few quintessential low-budget actors than as straight-ahead storytelling.

    Oct 20, 2009 | Full Review…
  • A lovely idea for a film that's been beautifully executed but slips too far off its narrative tracks to get where it wants to go.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • An idiosyncratic film, admired by many for its strong atmosphere, and by this writer for its absurd(ist) casting of a barely recognisable Fonda as Donovan's mad uncle Van Helsing.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It is refreshing to see so much style and life in the old undead tale, and to watch this strong cast with its perfect deadpan attitudes.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
  • What could have been a brilliant short becomes deadly, stretched to feature length.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Nadja

  • Oct 01, 2009
    One of the worst vampire movies I have ever come across. Its in my Suzy Amis Collection and the only reason I continued to watch it. Dracula gets hunted down and killed by the current Van Helsing. But Dracula's Daughter Nadja takes his place in the undead world. Nadja, coincidentally gets involved in a lesbian relationship with Lucy, wife to Jim Van Helsing. Its in B&W which takes away from the overall movie, after all it was filmed in 1994.I didn't get much out of this, maybe an Art house Movie, not sure, just didn't work for me at all. 1 Star
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2009
    I dont know how some people like this film. It is absolutely hideous. The dialogues and the actors were horrible. Nonetheless, i would give one star for the film just because director, Michael Almereyda, did a quite marvelous job by shooting an entire feature film with a Fisher-Price camera. Hence, two thumbs up for the cinematography.
    Linda K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2008
    A unique film experience.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2008
    the most poetic vampire film I have ever seen. Beautiful, emotional, raw, engaging, and vastly under-seen and under-rated.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer

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