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Frankenweenie Reviews

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Andy Lea
Daily Star

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

Full Review Source: Daily Star | Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2012
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade

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 Source: Toledo Blade | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 7, 2013
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

It's a benign abomination.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

October 11, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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Missing, however, are the authentic feelings of morbidity and alienation that once made Burton an interesting filmmaker.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 4, 2012
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire

Actively frustrating and a tedious experience to endure.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 1/5

January 20, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The monster-movie component of "Frankenweenie" stomps all over the appeal of the original 30-minute version.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 4, 2012
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 4, 2012
Tim Grierson
Screen International

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

Full Review Source: Screen International

September 21, 2012
Richard Edwards
SFX Magazine

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 Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 15, 2012
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Frankenweenie is the apotheosis of goth director Tim Burton's oeuvre: artistic yet sterile, incredibly meticulous and totally misbegotten.

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

October 4, 2012
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 29, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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Imaginative in a highly familiar and ultimately tedious way.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 21, 2012
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: | Original Score: C

October 5, 2012
David Medsker

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 Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 4, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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What still eludes Burton is the ability to deepen the superficial allure of his visions.

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

October 2, 2012
Daniel M. Kimmel
Sci-Fi Movie Page

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 Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page | Original Score: 2/4

October 3, 2012
Dustin Putman

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 Source: | Original Score: 2/4

October 4, 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.

Full Review Source: Nerdist

September 21, 2012
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

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

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 5, 2012
Kevin A. Ranson

... 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 Source: | Original Score: 1.5/4.0

March 23, 2013
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