'Dark Shadows' Critic Reviews

75%
MovieWeb:   12 reviews
38%
Rotten Tomatoes:   231 reviews
  • 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 years ago
  • Charles Koplinski Illinois Times
    63
    Shadows a bit too dim on details.
    Full Review » 2 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 » 2 years ago
  • Josh Larsen LarsenOnFilm
    50
    There is nothing holding this jumble of odd impulses and expensive makeup together.
    Full Review » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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...
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  • Duane Dudek Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    63
    By trying to hit so many notes, "Dark Shadows" fails to strike any of them.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Mottram The List
    60
    Smartly scripted by Seth Grahame-Smith, Burton makes the 70s work for the film.
    Full Review » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 years ago
  • Mark Dujsik Sci-Fi Movie Page
    50
    It's clunky, to say the least ...
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  • 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 » 2 years ago
  • Thomas Caldwell Cinema Autopsy
    70
    Burton's most perverse film since Batman Returns and his most playful since Mars Attacks!
    Full Review » 2 years ago