'Dark Shadows' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   12 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   231 reviews
  • Duane Dudek Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    63
    By trying to hit so many notes, "Dark Shadows" fails to strike any of them.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Stella Papamichael Digital Spy
    60
    Depp could play this role in his sleep and in a way, he does. But still, he's the life and soul of the party.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Mottram The List
    60
    Smartly scripted by Seth Grahame-Smith, Burton makes the 70s work for the film.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Cameron Williams The Popcorn Junkie
    20
    It's a million dollar soap opera and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith wrote the turd, and Tim Burton rolled it in glitter.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall
    50
    The script is an odd mix of smart dialog and random plot-strands, and while Burton gets the style right he never quite finds the tone.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rafer Guzman Newsday
    75
    "Dark Shadows" doesn't add anything new to the genre, but it's a surprisingly high-spirited and genuinely black-humored comedy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nigel Andrews Financial Times
    40
    There is a gravity-defying sex scene set to entertainingly demented rock music. Otherwise it is business as usual in the increasingly depleted world of pastiche horror.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Dujsik Sci-Fi Movie Page
    50
    It's clunky, to say the least ...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Film4
    60
    Dark Shadows is very much 'A Tim Burton Film', as the opening credits rather superfluously point out. It's not his finest, but it's by no means his worst either and, unlike his last offering, it's mercifully devoid of undignified 'futterwackening' scenes.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Greg Maki Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
    50
    "... There is a been-there-done-that feeling permeating all of 'Dark Shadows,' no matter how entertaining it might be at times.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Movieline
    56
    Dark Shadows suffers from the now-predictable Tim Burton pile-on: Like a matron who's gone mad for garish jewelry, he just doesn't know when to stop.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ian Freer Empire Magazine
    60
    This is not the knockabout comedy the trailer suggests. Instead, it cleaves closer to what you expect from Burton: darkness, quirk and Johnny Depp on great form.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Henry Martin UTV
    20
    Eight movies together later and that razor sharp Depp / Burton relationship now feels less like scissorhands and more like spoonfingers.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jason Buchanan TV Guide's Movie Guide
    25
    These shadows aren't nearly as dark as they are dull, ensuring that not even Burton's trademark visuals are capable of hypnotizing us into believing that we're seeing something remotely interesting.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matt Pais RedEye
    50
    A movie about the undead can still be DOA.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nell Minow Beliefnet
    59
    Wonderfully weird visuals from Tim Burton and a highly watchable performance by his muse, Johnny Depp cannot keep the tone from faltering and the results are unsatisfying.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald
    50
    Johnny Depp and Tim Burton enable each other's laziest, most indulgent habits: They make movies to entertain themselves instead of the audience.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bob Mondello NPR
    Handsome, vaguely true to the old soap opera, and inert.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle
    75
    When you consider all the pitfalls avoided, and all the laughs and pleasures it provides along the way, "Dark Shadows" is a satisfying and skillful effort.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Paras E! Online
    67
    While the script is a mess and the finale underwhelms, if you still dig the Depp/Burton combo does it really matter?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Alonso Duralde The Wrap
    An expensive, all-star bore, albeit a bore that's been art-directed to a fare-thee-well.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle
    50
    The film is not an out-and-out comedy, nor is it a supernatural spooker: It can't out-camp the original and it doesn't make us fear the creatures of the night. However, Dark Shadows is not without some delightful moments.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Medsker Bullz-Eye.com
    40
    On paper, Dark Shadows is a home run, but they don't play the games on paper.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kam Williams AALBC.com
    63
    A faithfully-cheesy remake of a consciously-campy TV show!
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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