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Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Reviews

Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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There is so much here that one admires, one wishes that there was more to love.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

October 5, 2011
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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The film looks good, it sounds great (Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders' score is full of darkly murmuring woodwinds), and Madison is a pip of a lead.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

September 1, 2011
William Goss
Film.com
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A welcome alternative to the current genre offerings, steeped in old-fashioned atmosphere and faithful to haunted house routine, albeit to a fault.

Full Review Source: Film.com

August 26, 2011
Matthew Hays
Globe and Mail
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This is still a seriously entertaining horror movie, one that will please newcomers as well as fans of the original oddity.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

August 26, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Despite all the care that has been put into it, the film doesn't transcend its dime-store horror roots.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

August 26, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The season's scariest horror film - and, depending on what the next few months bring, perhaps the year's.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

August 26, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" will turn your nerve endings to Popsicles.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 26, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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This artless film even approaches child abuse, in the way it crassly reconfigures the protagonist from the besieged adult woman of the original into a neglected and terrified tot.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 26, 2011
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
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Mr. Nixey is doing an Alfred Hitchcock homage within a movie lacking anything as subversive, or skilled, as Hitchcock.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

August 25, 2011
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
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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
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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What they're after is clear from the film's gruesome prologue; what they look like is withheld until long after we have ceased to care.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 25, 2011
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Don't worry about fearing darkness, but beware horror flicks that trot out every hoary cliché.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2011
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," expands upon the creepy and effective TV movie from 1973.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 25, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The film never takes hold emotionally, despite strong work from Holmes and young Madison. With Del Toro's name in the credits, standard chills aren't enough.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2011
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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If there's one big flaw with Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, it's that in 2011, there's only so long that we can watch movie characters face the perils of a haunted house without thinking, "GET OUT ALREADY!"

Full Review Source: TheWrap

August 25, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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As a horror film should be, it's gruesome, tension-filled and you can't tear your eyes from the screen. But it's also cruel, quite depressing and utterly sad.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2011
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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I do hope that "Don't" doesn't do Nixey in, as he has a real knack for staging high anxiety. For Del Toro, the question is, what happened?

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 25, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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While there are moments of eldritch atmosphere and a few pro forma jolts, nothing here justifies our attention, let alone the film's inexplicable R rating.

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

August 25, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Joltingly graphic and atmospheric (Nixey and his crew at least know how to set up a few good shocks), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark fails to involve us in any meaningful way with its characters.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

August 25, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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If you flinch at "boo," you'll find plenty to jump at here. Just don't expect striking originality, or even genuinely memorable eeriness.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

August 25, 2011
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Reader
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The remake plays like a shallower, more clichéd variation on his masterpiece, Pan's Labyrinth, but its mix of gory effects and deliciously old-fashioned visuals make for a classy, scary horror show.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 25, 2011
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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While the end of "Don't Be Afraid" is creepy, it's far from emotionally satisfying.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 25, 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
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Nixey does a nice job of creating a weird, menacing world.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

August 25, 2011
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Nixey steeps everything in a surfeit of atmosphere. It overflows. It suffuses every frame. It seeps off the screen and into the auditorium.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

August 25, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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This is an above-average horror flick by any measure, nicely directed by del Toro protégé Troy Nixey in an atmospheric, unshowy style that recalls cheapo '70s cinema without mimicking it.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 25, 2011
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Though Nixey carries it across with some style, some intensity, and some graphic imagination, the whole isn't quite the sum of its somes.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

August 25, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is a very good haunted house film. It milks our frustration deliciously.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 25, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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It's a plodding, derivative gothic potboiler: The Shining meets Coraline, with a touch of Gremlins played (boringly) straight.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

August 24, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The new version of "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is entirely too literal, but it still manages to be a literally hair-raising piece of modern-style old school Gothic horror.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 24, 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
Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
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If the grand finale isn't as resonantly scary as the original's, maybe that's just because, try though we might, we're no longer impressionable kids.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 23, 2011
David Germain
Associated Press
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The tension del Toro and Nixey create promises much more than it delivers.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2/4

August 22, 2011
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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...the moviemakers are refurbishing an older, shabbier piece of workmanship -- and it's a welcome enough place to stay for a few hours.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3/5

August 22, 2011
Peter Debruge
Variety
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A suspenseful yet markedly less insidious update.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 27, 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
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