Every Anne Rice movie and TV show, ranked according to critics
Anne Rice's books have sold over 150 million copies worldwide.
Rice's books have been adapted into films and TV shows over the years.
Here are her movies and TV shows, ranked by their critics' scores on Rotten Tomatoes.
Note: All scores were current on the date of publication and are subject to change. Shows without scores were not included.
6. "Exit to Eden" was considered a cliché-driven, cinematic mess.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 5%
Synopsis: Directed by Garry Marshall, this 1994 film adapted from Rice's novel follows Elliot Slater (Paul Mercurio), an Australian photographer who unwittingly captures the one existing photo of an international jewel thief named Omar.
To maintain his anonymity, Omar (Stuart Wilson) and his criminal partner Nina (Iman) — as well as two cops, Sheila (Rosie O'Donnell) and Fred (Dan Aykroyd) — follow Elliot to the private island of Eden where Elliot has signed up for an S&M-themed vacation.
Unlike "Interview With the Vampire," which was also released that year, critics generally loathed "Exit to Eden."
"I think it's safe to say that Rice, who recently took out a gigantic ad in The New York Times praising Hollywood's treatment of her 'Interview With the Vampire,' won't be taking such action here. Taking Marshall to court, maybe," wrote Robert Faires of the Austin Chronicle.
He continued, "For the director seizes her essentially, er, straight story of one man's immersion into S&M at an exotic pleasure resort and grafts onto it lame jokes, 'Benny Hill'-type sex gags, a tired 'undercover cop' plot, and enough TV clichés to keep Aaron Spelling in gravy for 20 years."
5. Besides Aaliyah's promising performance, there's not much to recommend about the mediocre "Queen of the Damned."
Rotten Tomatoes score: 17%
Synopsis: Based on Rice's 1988 book of the same name, "Queen of the Damned" picks up years after "Interview With the Vampire," where the vampire Lestat (Stuart Townsend) has reinvented himself into a hugely popular rock star.
His music somehow awakens the long-slumbering Akasha (Aaliyah), queen of the vampires, who essentially wants to take over the world.
Lestat eventually joins forces with an ancient group of vampires to stop her.
"Queen of the Damned," which included Aaliyah's second and final movie role before her death in 2001, was widely panned. While critics complimented the musician's performance, the rest of the film wasn't so lucky.
"A hypnotically bad film, 'Queen of the Damned' sums up all that's wrong with contemporary cinema: unsubtle to the point of obviousness, it reeks of MTV and relies on volume to get its point across," wrote BBC's Richard Luck. "It's a measure of the film's limitation that the most impressive thing about it is the way the studio completed the film following Aaliyah's death."
4. "The Young Messiah" was predictable and lacked compelling performances from its cast.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 50%
Synopsis: Over the course of 37 novels, Rice occasionally diverged from writing about vampires and witches, with "The Young Messiah" being one of those diversions.
The film adaptation of "The Young Messiah" (2016) follows a seven-year-old Jesus (Adam Greaves-Neal) and his family's journey from Alexandria, Egypt to Nazareth, unaware that King Herod's son (Jonathan Bailey) wants the young boy tracked down and killed.
Unlike Rice's book, which takes Jesus' point of view, the film version takes a third-person perspective, leaving the young boy to figure out the mysterious details around his birth and the reason for his family's departure from Egypt.
"'The Young Messiah, which follows a year in the early life Jesus, is almost completely devoid of narrative tension," wrote Christian Holub of Entertainment Weekly. "Its two main questions ('Who is Jesus?' and 'Will he survive this movie?') have blindingly obvious answers for anyone who's ever heard of the Bible, and its wide-eyed titular character, played by Adam Greaves-Neal, is far from Jesus' most riveting cinematic portrayal."
3. "Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches" starts off slow, but critics commended Alexandra Daddario's performance.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 55%
Synopsis: Based on Rice's bestselling novel, "The Witching Hour," "Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches" centers on Rowan Fielding, a neurosurgeon who learns she is the family heir in a centuries-old line of witches based in New Orleans.
As Rowan struggles to understand a power that allows her to harm others with her thoughts, she must navigate her new, dysfunctional family and deal with a seductive, evil spirit named Lasher.
"Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches" has received mixed reviews since it premiered on January 8. Although its star Alexandra Daddario is complimented for being an "able performer," critics knocked the show's initial slow pacing.
"There's a bit too much dross amid what works — a sign of the times in terms of series orders being bulked out beyond what the story can sustain, and a reminder that, as a writer, Rice was not known for the gift of concision," wrote Variety's Daniel D'Addario.
2. The film "Interview With the Vampire" featured an all-star cast, but some critics said it lacked a strong script.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 64%
Synopsis: The most well-known of Rice's film and TV adaptations, 1994's "Interview With the Vampire" featured an all-star cast.
The film chronicles the transformation of Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt) into a vampire in the 18th century and his tumultuous life in the centuries following with his mentor, the vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise), and the young vampire Claudia (Kirsten Dunst).
While being a vampire allows Louis eternal life provided he feeds on the blood of unsuspecting victims, Louis learns that his companions, and many of the vampires he encounters along the way, won't be so fortunate — a tale he recounts to journalist Daniel Molloy (Christian Slater.)
"The movie is more about the history and reality of vampirism than about specific events, although some action does center around the fate(s) of Lestat," wrote Roger Ebert. "A stronger plot engine might have drawn us more quickly to the end, but on a scene by scene basis, 'Interview With the Vampire' is a skillful exercise in macabre imagination."
1. AMC's TV show "Interview With the Vampire" has been praised for its refreshing and nuanced approach.
Rotten Tomatoes score: 99%
Synopsis: Like the 1994 film of the same name, AMC's TV series "Interview With the Vampire" generally follows the intricate plot laid out in Rice's novel but reimagines its characters to positive effect, casting Black actors in two major roles, including the compelling Jacob Anderson as Louis, the show's protagonist.
In its first season, "Interview With the Vampire" also takes the time to unpack themes like race, sexuality, and power in early 20th-century Louisiana.
AMC's TV show is currently the highest-rated adaptation of Rice's works on Rotten Tomatoes, as a result, with critics hailing its fresh take, beautiful production, and impressive performances.
"'Interview' strives to be the burgundy velvet chaise longue of TV shows: an artful and inviting kitsch object that might reawaken our senses if we allow ourselves to get lost in it," wrote The New Yorker's Inkoo Kong. "It's only fair that we'd want to luxuriate a little longer."
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