This film is not for everyone. There are people who have no patience for films that don't blast out of the screen at them. If you like Polanski, Hammer horror films (which this film strongly parodies), fantasy/horror style stories (read Company of Wolves here), and can appreciate old fashioned Abbott and Costello style humour, then you'll have no problem settling beautifully into this film. The cinematography is gorgeous, the soundtrack is fresh, the film is slightly out of step with most of Polanski's fare which is neat to see (although if you've watched his old film school shorts you can appreciate the progression a little better). Like any Polanski film it does drag a little in the 3rd quarter, but you always know that you will be repaid in spades with his movies. Moreover, this film does come with a hefty dose of hidden social commentary on the state of Poland and Jewish affairs after the war (you need not see them, but if you're looking they become apparent). Also seeing Polanski act is lovely, and I think one of the strongest points of this film is seeing the beautiful Sharon Tate as she was in the 60s, and watching the looks that she and Polanski give each other grow progressively more intimate as the filming progresses. This is actually my favorite Polanski film, and I thought that I would weigh in an alternative opinion given the other reviews. I'm sure at least one of them is simply a sad American 14 year-old wearing black spandex and wishing he hadn't wasted his allowance renting a movie about vampires which didn't have Victorian-era anemia patients crying with each other and holding goblets. This is a fine piece of cinema, you just need to know what you're getting into.