Dark Shadows Reviews

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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
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
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
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
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
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
June 1, 2012

Burton deploys the kind of winking, sly humor he knows his leading man can pull off.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 31, 2012

Burton's most entertaining film since Ed Wood.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
May 20, 2012

While Burton should have been comfortable with the story's large-scale passions and soap opera emotions -- as evidenced by movies like Edward Scissorhands -- he seems unwilling to take the risk.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 17, 2012

Does not feel as derivative and artificial as most of what [Burton] has done since 2001.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
May 16, 2012

Pitching the film playfully between farce, with a knowing satiric edge, high action and high romance, Dark Shadows is a lot of fun.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Stratton
The Australian
May 16, 2012

Certainly delivers the goods on several levels without quite rising to the heights to which it aspires.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 16, 2012

Is it obviously a Tim Burton picture? Sure it is. That's what I expect -- and, in fact, what I want -- from a Burton movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
May 14, 2012

Not that funny, but worth seeing mostly due to Depp's performance.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jason Best
Movie Talk
May 14, 2012

As with Pirates, the story often stalls while Depp does his stuff, but his fish-out-of-water vampire is roguish, mannered and a hoot, as you'd expect.. though it's Green's wild-eyed pale-skinned seductress who really sinks her teeth into the film.

Luke Buckmaster
Crikey
May 13, 2012

The jokes seem to have been written, fittingly enough, by the dead.

Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 13, 2012

"Dark Shadows" is a lot more fun than any of the "Twilight" movies combined.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
May 12, 2012

This latest collaboration between director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp is easily the best thing they've done together since Sweeney Todd.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Lisa Giles-Keddie
Real.com
May 12, 2012

The only resurrecting grace is Depp's now routine, freak pantomime performance ...You will scream with frustration at this ghoulish comedy, that's for sure.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Martain
The Mercury
May 12, 2012

Much like pizza and sex, even when a Tim Burton film isn't great, it's still pretty good, it's never really "bad".

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
May 11, 2012

Perhaps if every Hollywood film featured the grand yet gloomy decadency of a Burton production, I'd be more inclined to get caught up on where his films go wrong. But they don't, so I won't.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
May 11, 2012

This amusing trifle has some modest rewards for those willing to accept it simply as a breezy diversion.

Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
May 11, 2012

The sequel baiting is unwarranted and patently absurd. That's because "Dark Shadows" is best left self-contained and self-assured in its silly-serious storytelling. It's somewhere between a timeless play's tragedy and the punch of a 1970s pop song.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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