Christopher Raphael
Owen Gleiberman
June 28, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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 an 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-

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