Dark Shadows Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
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+
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant
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
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
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
Justin Craig
FoxNews.com
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
Eric Eisenberg
CinemaBlend.com
May 18, 2012

The movie is completely tone deaf - unsure if it's a horror movie, a comedy or a drama - and never finds anything interesting in the characters for the audience to latch on to.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
May 9, 2012

There's some laughs in this movie, there's some action, but halfway through this movie it just takes this weird turn, and you're like 'what happened to all the fun that I was having in this theater?'

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
May 7, 2012

Dark Shadows has some sporadic moments of fun but on the whole it's an inferior recycled mash-up of Burton's style and Depp's quirky characters from their eight collaborations.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
May 11, 2012

"Dark Shadows has to be the most perfunctory, most self- parodic entry to the [Burton] canon thus far."

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Henry Martin
UTV
May 10, 2012

Eight movies together later and that razor sharp Depp / Burton relationship now feels less like scissorhands and more like spoonfingers.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
May 10, 2012

It's a million dollar soap opera and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith wrote the turd, and Tim Burton rolled it in glitter.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matt Looker
TheShiznit.co.uk
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
Ann Lewinson
Kansas City Star
May 10, 2012

A movie that heads in so many directions it's a wonder Depp didn't get whiplash.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
May 12, 2012

A mirthless monster mash that just manages to remember what it's about, a minute before the end - all concerned praying it's not too late. It is.

Grae Drake
Movies.com
May 11, 2012

Sigh, and I had such high hopes.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
May 11, 2012

The film is lifeless, which would be a funny thing to say about a vampire movie if it weren't so true.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
May 15, 2012

The longer the movie plays, the more disjointed, episodic, and incoherent it becomes. It has no idea what it is.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
May 9, 2012

A half-baked auto-update of the classic series, and a suggestion that Burton's persistent style has finally worn thin.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
May 8, 2012

There were only a handful of genuine laughs... and that puts it on a par with Scary Movie 3.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian
May 11, 2012

Unfortunately, Burton abandons a promisingly quirky first half approach & undermines a hugely enjoyable Depp performance with an effects-heavy, action-packed second half that's neither funny nor thrilling, and mostly just boring.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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