'Dark Shadows' Critic Reviews

75%
MovieWeb:   12 reviews
38%
Rotten Tomatoes:   231 reviews
  • Bill Weber Slant Magazine
    50
    A mixed bag of Nixon-era pop burlesque and vampire kitsch is ultimately undone by pedestrian gags and bloated genre boilerplate.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jeff Meyers Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
    42
    Dark Shadows can't really figure out what kind of movie it is. There's comedy and campy macabre and gothic melodrama and horror but none of it ever congeals into a story that dramatically, tonally or thematically makes sense.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Jenkins Little White Lies
    60
    Allow yourself to get hung up on the fact that there is no story or characters and you're missing the good stuff.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer
    50
    Depp summons every type of behavior Burton requires: heroism, zaniness, longing, wit, ferocity, sexuality, icy resolve. Had they stuck to one or two of these, we might have had a terrific film.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Alex Zane Sun Online
    60
    Dark Shadows may be overcrowded in characters and story but it's never less than entertainingly weird.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Shawn Levy Oregonian
    42
    Really, it's more set-up than story: the film grinds through a number of subplots that don't resonate with one another and don't add up to a narrative with any momentum or tension.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Leigh Paatsch Herald Sun (Australia)
    50
    With Dark Shadows, an erratic mish-mash of horror, comedy and camp period satire, Burton delivers less than even his most ardent followers might have bargained for.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ann Lewinson Kansas City Star
    50
    A movie that heads in so many directions it's a wonder Depp didn't get whiplash.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Scott A. Mantz Access Hollywood
    60
    Dark Shadows is a bit of a slow burn, but once it gets going, it's good.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion
    42
    In the end the delicate oddity that enlivens the earlier portion of the picture evaporates in an orgy of big-budget mayhem.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Chris Bumbray JoBlo's Movie Emporium
    70
    Wildly entertaining for it's first hour. More successful as a comedy than gothic horror.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Graham Young Birmingham Post
    80
    Like its root '66 TV show Dark Shadows, this film is a heady mix of vampire, werewolf and witch ingredients all bubbling away in a cinematic cauldron.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Verniere Boston Herald
    0
    Depp's Barnabas is a Kabuki-faced boy vampire with a notably smooth visage for a character played by a 48-year-old man.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) St. Paul Pioneer Press
    63
    It's often amusing and it looks great, but "Dark Shadows" lacks the same thing its hero lacks: a pulse.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matthew Turner ViewLondon
    60
    Becomes increasingly flawed and frustrating in equal measure, though it's still worth watching thanks to its striking production design and enjoyable performances from Depp and Green.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Norman Wilner NOW Toronto
    40
    There's no question that everyone had a ball on the set, but the final product doesn't merit all the effort.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Sean O'Connell Movies.com
    50
    A colorful yet empty Big Top to house yet another collection of circus oddities that are presided over by one of Depp's traditional ringleaders.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Charles Koplinski Illinois Times
    63
    Shadows a bit too dim on details.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • MaryAnn Johanson Flick Filosopher
    [S]hockingly, appallingly inept, and it keeps getting worse and worse, as if it were descending into its very own bespoke circle of cinematic hell... Depp [is] parodying himself, which is hugely unpleasant to watch...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Josh Larsen LarsenOnFilm
    50
    There is nothing holding this jumble of odd impulses and expensive makeup together.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • 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
  • Robbie Collin Daily Telegraph
    40
    Dark Shadows is far from the worst of Tim Burton's films, but it may be the one that finally breaks his fans' patience.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Keough Boston Phoenix
    75
    By the time Dark Shadows gets to the opening credits, it is already Tim Burton's best film since Ed Wood...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dustin Putman DustinPutman.com
    75
    As imaginatively eccentric as it is blithely ghoulish. To see it is to view something that feels different right to its core. How often can that be said in today's studio system?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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