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Byzantium Movie

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ANTI-FREEZE Saoirse Ronan co-stars with Gemma Arterton in the aimless Byzantium
Christopher Raphael

Byzantium

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
118 minutes
Limited Release Date:
06/28/13
performer:
Gemma Arterton, Jonny Lee Miller, Sam Riley, Saoirse Ronan
director:
Neil Jordan
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C-

In Byzantium Neil Jordan shows hints of the director he once was — the one who made Mona Lisa and The Crying Game — but not much else in this scattershot thriller about the secret shared by a saintly teen (Saoirse Ronan) and the prostitute (Gemma Arterton) who’s her guardian. The best thing in the movie is Arterton’s sultry, claw-baring turn, but mostly it’s a rudderless riff on Let the Right One In. C-