'Dark Shadows' Critic Reviews

73%
MovieWeb:   12 reviews
38%
Rotten Tomatoes:   231 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    Dark Shadows, a kinky love triangle, is true, in its fashion, to the spirit of the old soap opera. Yet its real love affair is between Johnny Depp and the audience who's still hooked on seeing him get his freak on.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    "Dark Shadows" isn't among Mr. Burton's most richly realized works, but it's very enjoyable, visually sumptuous and, despite its lugubrious source material and a sporadic tremor of violence, surprisingly effervescent.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    It whelms you. Its effect is whelming. The film delivers precisely the satisfaction a sympathetic audience could expect from its director, not one degree above or below. The audience is whelmed. It's a whelmer.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    Burton's offbeat montages are amusing, but the story's slow start and overblown conclusion make Dark Shadows half a good movie.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    38
    At once a brash, strutting pop culture pastiche and gloomy exercise in self-cannibalizing nostalgia, "Dark Shadows" is depressing on myriad levels.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    Tim Burton has got his groove back.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Less a resurrection than a clumsy desecration.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    Whether it works is a matter of taste, but the fact that Burton's revisit unearths enough fun while feeling like four films in one is testament to the source's seductive bloodline.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    "Dark Shadows" is amusing, in fits and spurts, and sure to make tons of money, but terribly familiar and fatigued.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joy Tipping Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    34
    The film's biggest disappointment is the utter lack of chemistry between Depp and either Green or Heathcote.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Mostly Dark Shadows is silly when we're trained to expect slightly richer fun from Burton and Depp.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    80
    In a time when even the most accomplished genre movies have the fingerprints of focus group-happy execs all over them, the relatively unmitigated quirk of Dark Shadows is worth celebrating.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    This is not so much a coherent movie as it is a long, expensive joke in search of a purpose.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    It offers wonderful things, but they aren't what's important. It's as if Burton directed at arm's length, unwilling to find juice in the story.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    "Dark Shadows" illustrates the fine line in a pop reboot between "relaxed" and "lazy."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Tim Burton is like a billionaire fanboy who buys Bela Lugosi's Dracula cape: he has a perfect right to it, but that doesn't mean it looks good on him.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    A nutty romp that's as much about celebrating a significant blip in the pop-cult continuum as it is a tale of bloodsucking, of grudge-holding, and the stress involved in maintaining a 200-room, two-century-old house.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    "Dark Shadows" opens promisingly, downshifts after 30 minutes, and sputters into a meandering, momentum-free mess.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    25
    How bad is "Dark Shadows"? It makes you long for a "Twilight" movie. That's bad.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    All dressed up and no place to go.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    Few director-star partnerships are as consistently eccentric or malleable as that of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, but even loyalists will detect an odor of mothballs clinging to their eighth bigscreen collaboration.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    63
    "Dark Shadows'' certainly has its moments, especially when Barnabas and Angelique hilariously wreck her office during a surreal, CGI-fueled, PG-rated tryst.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    25
    Stumbles blindly along with Barnabas for most of its overlong 113 minutes, leaving viewers in the dark as to its intentions.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    17
    Can't decide whether it's a parody, a horror comedy, an atmospheric melodrama, or a tedious bucket of crap. Eventually it chooses the last one.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephen Cole Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    Dark Shadows' only meaningful relationship is between Depp and his audience. He's a persona now, no longer an actor.
    Full Review » 2 years ago