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.
| Original Score: C
Guillermo del Toro's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is as murky and ill-conceived as its multitude of dimly-lit corners,
| Original Score: 5/10
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
Lush and creepy, this traditional haunted-house film becomes repetitive during its second half.
A movie painted in oils but written in crayon.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 5.5/10
What this film really needs is a good exterminator, or a better director.
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.
The creatures look and sound completely silly, and instead of scary and dangerous, they just seem goofy.
Though artfully shot, the set up never threatens to develop any real tension.
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark never gets you jumping out of your seat.
While director Nixey has talent, his indiscriminately roving camera tends to diffuse the tension, not heighten it.
| Original Score: 2/4
It's more silly than scary with not enough plot and surprise but the cast are good.
'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!
| Original Score: D
The surroundings made the movie and gave it an eerie effect, but overall the storyline lacked substance to be a true horror film.
A scary film where the scares peter out far too quickly.
There's a serious disconnect between the highfalutin atmospherics and the nitty gritty sloppiness of the premise.
| Original Score: 2.5/4