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Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Reviews

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Cory Everett
The Playlist

Completists of del Toro will want to check it out as a curio but it's hard to imagine general audiences or even horror fans finding anything here they haven't seen before.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: C

July 10, 2013
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

Guillermo del Toro's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is as murky and ill-conceived as its multitude of dimly-lit corners,

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 5/10

February 28, 2013
Dale Rolfe

A remake of a film del Toro says frightened him as a child, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark suffers from a very grown-up need to answer all the questions and the result is more Gremlins than Grimm.

Full Review Source: MovieFIX | Original Score: 2/5

November 3, 2011
Melissa Lafsky
New York Observer
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After announcing he was no longer directing The Hobbit, Mr. Del Toro sustained a blow to his post-Pan's Labyrinth armor, and this washout brings him one step closer to full career rupture.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 24, 2011
Tom Clift

It's not a question of whether the dark is something worth being afraid of, but whether or not it will actually put you to sleep.

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 2/5

November 4, 2011
Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International

Lush and creepy, this traditional haunted-house film becomes repetitive during its second half.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 25, 2011
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

A movie painted in oils but written in crayon.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

September 4, 2011
Shaun Munro
What Culture

It's all very good-looking and you don't need gore to sell a good horror flick, but you do need something in its place, like suspense. You won't be afraid of this film.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 26, 2011
Joshua Starnes

The fairy-tale aspect is not well-crafted enough to make for an engaging fantasy and the suspense is not scary enough to be truly thrilling.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5.5/10

August 26, 2011
Alexandra Cavallo
Boston Phoenix

What this film really needs is a good exterminator, or a better director.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 24, 2011
Ian Buckwalter
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There's no denying that his latest monsters are imaginative and detailed creations, but the haunted house-style story is hampered by his desire to show them off.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 5.5/10

August 25, 2011
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

The creatures look and sound completely silly, and instead of scary and dangerous, they just seem goofy.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 24, 2011
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

Though artfully shot, the set up never threatens to develop any real tension.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 2/5

October 7, 2011
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark never gets you jumping out of your seat.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 24, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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While director Nixey has talent, his indiscriminately roving camera tends to diffuse the tension, not heighten it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2011
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

It's more silly than scary with not enough plot and surprise but the cast are good.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

October 6, 2011
Clay Cane

'Dark' falls into many trappings that ruin a horror movie: Characters who stupidly refuse to leave a haunted house? Check! All gloss and no scares? Check! A spooky brunette child? Check! Previews that are better than the movie? Check!

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D

August 26, 2011
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum

The surroundings made the movie and gave it an eerie effect, but overall the storyline lacked substance to be a true horror film.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 2/5

September 6, 2011
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A scary film where the scares peter out far too quickly.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

June 27, 2011
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects

There's a serious disconnect between the highfalutin atmospherics and the nitty gritty sloppiness of the premise.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 25, 2011
Richard Roeper
March 10, 2012
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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