WHAT'S HOT?
Home > Movie > D > Dark Shadows > Reviews

Dark Shadows Reviews

Dark Shadows

Overview


Genre :

Horror, Mystery

Release Date :

May 11, 2012

MPAA Rating :

PG-13

Director :

Tim Burton

Starring :

Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Earle Haley, Bella Heathcote, Jonny Lee Miller, Christopher Lee, Thomas McDonell, Gulliver McGrath

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

2 of 5

“..this version of "Dark Shadows" would be a disappointment; from Burton, it's an even bigger one..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]
2.5 of 5

“..the movie's tongue-in-cheek is firmly implanted, with jokes a-plenty referring to the outrageous styles of 1972..”
by Kimberly Gadette [Doddle]
2.5 of 4

“..the film's strength lies in the juxtaposition of director Tim Burton's Gothic world with '70s pop culture..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
2.5 of 5

“..the film turns out to be an uncertain combination of elements that unsuccessfully tries to be half-scary, half-funny and all strange..”
by Kenneth Turan [Los Angeles Times]
2 of 4

“..the film needs comedic anarchy..”
by Colin Covert [Minneapolis Star Tribune]
“..the film is otherwise handsome, vaguely true to the old soap opera, and inert..”
by Bob Mondello [NPR]
“..that there was a lot of velvet and wall sconces and long meaningful looks between serious-faced adults in scary costumes..”
by Dana Stevens [Slate]
3 of 4

“..satisfying and skillful effort..”
by Mick LaSalle [San Francisco Chronicle]
“..most of them are conducted off-screen, which might disappoint vampire fanatics out there..”
by Joanna Langfield [The Movie Minute]
Review rate : B+

“..its real love affair is between Johnny Depp and the audience who's still hooked on seeing him get his freak on..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
4 of 5

“..for all the plot that's unfolding, the movie keeps a very deliberate pace..”
by Glenn Kenny [MSN Movies]
“..amusing, in fits and spurts..”
by Joe Morgenstern [Wall Street Journal]
2 of 4

“..a mess, and it's unclear whether its bizarre recipe of comedy, campy horror, and gothic melodrama will satisfy anyone, regardless of their familiarity with the source material..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]

Reader's Reviews


Screen Name
Rate This Movie
Please Enter   
Comment
 
 
 
RSS
FB
Twitter

LATEST REVIEWS

PADDINGTON :

“..marmaladen with gloriously silly jokes, pitch-perfect performances and incidental detail, this is a warm, witty and wondrously inventive great big bear-hug of a movie..”
by Chris Hewitt [Empire Online]

WILD :

“.."Wild" incorporates beautiful direction, smart writing and brave acting to tell the story of a woman made feral by grief walking from her own darkness into her own light..”
by James Rocchi [Film.com]

GRUMPY CAT'S WORST CHRISTMAS EVER :

“..is surprisingly funny, with the gleefully acerbic screenplay capturing the beloved Grumpy attitude..”
by Randy Cordova [Arizona Republic]

TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT :

“..a lovely yuletide bauble of a Christmas special, all decked out in tinsel and surrounded by brand new toys..”
by Drew Taylor [The Playlist]

ZERO MOTIVATION :

“..the film often takes the form of a prank-filled campus co-ed comedy, flattening the narrative into a hormone-and-ego-fueled romp amid a volatile war..”
by Nick McCarthy [Slant Magazine]

BEFORE I DISAPPEAR :

“..too overwrought to really convince or resonate, yet assembled with enough flair to work as a solid calling card for its debuting helmer..”
by Justin Chang [Variety]

AFTERMATH :

“..is a total mess..”
by Evan Saathoff [Badass Digest]

THE BABADOOK :

“..Jennifer Kent's impressive first film has the handcrafted feel of a pre-digital shocker..”
by David Rooney [Hollywood Reporter]

THE IMITATION GAME :

“..its various riffs on codes, whether moral, sexual, societal or German, are plain to see rather than enigmatic or enlightening. Luckily it's all anchored in a storming performance from Cumberbatch..”
by Dave Calhoun [Time Out London]

PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR :

“..a frantic, peppy, in-your-face slice of irreverent toon action..”
by Geoff Berkshire [Variety]