Dark Shadows Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 3, 2013

Johnny Depp once again takes a role where he allows the make up and prosthetics to do the acting for him...

Will Leitch
June 23, 2013

The nadir of Burton's career and is likely going to be his biggest flop, a film that's not a comedy, not a drama, not a horror film, and not a fantasy.

Full Review | Original Score: D+
David Thomson
The New Republic
Top Critic
June 17, 2013

The only reason to see Dark Shadows is to discover how dire and pointless-how flat-out dreadful-a movie can be even when it has Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Helena Bonham Carter attached to its flimsy pretext.

Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
June 2, 2013

There's more than enough here for us older folks - and some younger ones, too - to have us exclaiming, Fangs for the memories.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2013

Burton really needed to lean his horror-comedy more toward horror. Instead, it's reminiscent at times of Love at First Bite and the feature film remakes of The Addams Family and The Brady Bunch.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Gonsalves
December 17, 2012

It turns into a bit of a mess towards the finish line, but at least it's a fun mess, and if you're looking to Tim Burton for narrative tidiness you must be thinking of another Tim Burton.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
R. L. Shaffer
October 5, 2012

Dark Shadows should have been a return-to-form for director Tim Burton, but with a bloated budget and way too much room to play, Burton delivers yet another wasted effort.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Brian Holcomb
September 28, 2012

Made for an audience of no one, Dark Shadows is a mess of campy horror, "fish out of coffin" comedy, and gothic melodrama.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ben Kendrick
September 27, 2012

Not a colossal failure but an indicator that Burton and Depp could stand to step outside their collective me + you = cinematic magic mindsets.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012

...following Graeme-Smith's lead, Burton has made, quite possibly, the worst film of his 30-year career.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Patrick Kolan
Shotgun Critic
September 27, 2012

Dark Shadows is never short on stunning backdrops and impressive cinematographic techniques. It looks a treat. But with Dark Shadows, like Depp himself, you can only put so much make-up on an ageing face and sell it as fresh.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 23, 2012

It's just sort of a star vehicle for Johnny Depp, with everyone and everything else a secondary consideration at best.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeff Beck
September 14, 2012

It had so much potential, but given the result, it should have stayed in the shadows.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Looker
September 13, 2012

Dark Shadows really is just a mixed bag of chuckles and drama that never really gets the balance quite right.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Justin Craig
September 10, 2012

While "Dark Shadows" has many wonderful elements, it is set up to become a new franchise for Warner Bros, but it just doesn't quite have that eternal bite.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
William Bibbiani
August 22, 2012

Captures the grand sweep and often ridiculous theatricality of both soap operas and gothic romance.

Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 24, 2012

There's much more bloody potential here for dark comedy (and shaded emotions) than we're lightly spattered with . . . offers no zany flourishes, dashing touches or striking shots.

Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
July 6, 2012

Dark Shadows makes almost no attempt to reward cinema audiences.

Jim Schembri
June 30, 2012

In yet another over-designed cinematic letdown, director Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland; Sweeney Todd) weaves a choppy comic tale of resurrected ghouls set in the early 1970s.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
June 22, 2012

Burton can still deliver a great visual hook and whimsical comedy. But he seems caught between his new laziness and his old genuine excitement about filmmaking.

Full Review | Original Score: C
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