Frankenweenie Reviews

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Andy Lea
Daily Star
October 30, 2012

The jokes are built almost entirely around references to old black and white horror movies.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade
January 7, 2013

Compared to the shorter and more to the point original, the expanded Frankenweenie is padded and less focused, meandering from a simple path of what was a clever parody/homage.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
October 11, 2012

It's a benign abomination.

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
October 4, 2012

Missing, however, are the authentic feelings of morbidity and alienation that once made Burton an interesting filmmaker.

Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
January 20, 2013

Actively frustrating and a tedious experience to endure.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
October 4, 2012

The monster-movie component of "Frankenweenie" stomps all over the appeal of the original 30-minute version.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
October 4, 2012

Tim Burton's black-and-white, stop-motion expansion of his 1984 short about another young Frankenstein and his reanimated canine has initial charm but suffers from overkill in the final act.

Tim Grierson
Screen International
September 21, 2012

The film is diverting fun in fits and starts but can't quite achieve a coherent whole.

Richard Edwards
SFX Magazine
October 15, 2012

Frankenweenie's biggest crime is that it's a comedy that isn't funny. There's no zip to the script, few jokes that stick in the mind.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
October 4, 2012

Frankenweenie is the apotheosis of goth director Tim Burton's oeuvre: artistic yet sterile, incredibly meticulous and totally misbegotten.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
September 29, 2012

Tim Burton's sense of playfulness feels forced throughout, and as the film progresses, any humor or inventiveness takes a backseat to tumultuous set pieces that reference Frankenstein.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
September 21, 2012

Imaginative in a highly familiar and ultimately tedious way.

Brian Orndorf
October 5, 2012

Shows great difficulty proving its worth as a feature-length effort, working through elements of monster rampage and scientific debate that feel more like padding than a naturally dramatic extension of the original creation.

Full Review | Original Score: C
David Medsker
October 4, 2012

Burton apparently worked on this at night while directing Dark Shadows during the day. Both movies would have benefited greatly from his undivided attention.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
Top Critic
October 2, 2012

What still eludes Burton is the ability to deepen the superficial allure of his visions.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Sci-Fi Movie Page
October 3, 2012

Frankenweenie isn't terrible, but compared to other animation out there this year it does suggest Burton's time may have come and gone.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dustin Putman
October 4, 2012

Irresponsible and insulting in the way that it takes great pains to, quite correctly, rail against messing with the natural order of things before hypocritically contradicting itself in the end.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Luke Y. Thompson
September 21, 2012

Nothing about Frankenweenie the feature is offensively stale like some of Burton's recent work - it's always fun to look at, and has its share of good lines. It's just not that exciting a thing to recommend, either.

Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
October 5, 2012

[W]hile the results are underwhelming, it is one of the better directorial efforts from Burton in a while.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin A. Ranson
March 23, 2013

... a padded short story that didn't require embellishment... looks very weak directly compared to the sheer brilliance of the similarly themed ParaNorman.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4.0
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