Excerpt: The Film Fans of the 1995 movie Clueless would probably be a little giddy over this reteaming of director Amy Hecklerling and star Alicia Silverstone. However, the new "comedy" Vamps is a full-on Monet -- from far away, it's OK, but up close, it's a big old mess.
Conclusion: Amy Heckerling's latest comedy is a series of cultural jabs and complaints as two vampire socialites find romance in their busy party lifestyle. Starring Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter, the movie offers some mild humor and easy entertainment, but it's ultimately a drearily dull experience.
Summary: Heckerling always manages to get her finger firmly on the pulse of the contemporary moment, and while her club-hopping heroines may be undead, they serve as adorable metaphors for what the filmmaker sees as a zombified moment in cultural history.
Excerpt: Comedy is a subjective enterprise: What people find funny varies wildly, based on whether they’re into slapstick, puns, drollery, impersonations, broad tomfoolery, subtle wit, or some combination thereof.
Conclusion: Vamps falls short of one's expectations for a movie from the creator and star of Clueless . Nonetheless, that overdue reunion generates enough good will to overlook some of this silly vampire comedy's more egregious faults.