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Frankenweenie Reviews

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Tom Charity
CNN.com
January 7, 2013
Tim Burton's most enjoyable movie in a long time.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
October 10, 2012
Burton's best film since 1994's Ed Wood or even 1990's Edward Scissorhands.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 10, 2012
This is a Tim Burton film with something to say. And that's a rare and precious thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 5, 2012
The stop-motion animation - a favorite tool of Burton's - is given loving attention, and the character design is full of terrific touches, such as the hulking flat-topped schoolmate who looks a bit like a certain man-made monster.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 5, 2012
The best thing about an animated monster movie with this much heart is: It's alive. In the best possible way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 5, 2012
This 3-D, black-and-white "family" comedy is the year's most inventive, endearing animated feature.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 5, 2012
Designed to appeal to both discriminating adults and older kids, the gorgeous, black-and-white stop-motion film is a fresh, clever and affectionate love letter to classic horror movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 5, 2012
The most Tim Burton-y of the director's films, and not just because it contains a vast catalog of references to his own movies - everything from "Edward Scissorhands'' to the underrated 1989 "Batman.''
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 5, 2012
"Frankenweenie" may just be a wacky horror cartoon, but it's an awfully good wacky horror cartoon. Frighteningly good, you might say.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 5, 2012
It's a quintessential Burton film, but also more Disney than a lot of Disney films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 5, 2012
A 3-D, black-and-white, stop-motion animated film, it's a one-man blow for cinematic biodiversity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
October 4, 2012
The overall effect is great cinema, good fun, a visual feast for pie-eyed Burton fans - and a terrifically warped reminder of just how freaky a PG film can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 4, 2012
Some audiences might feel that "Frankenweenie" is creaky, but those on the same wavelength as Burton will gratefully declare it's alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 4, 2012
While "Frankenweenie" is fun, it is not nearly strange or original enough to join the undead, monstrous ranks of the classics it adores.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 4, 2012
There are so many horror auteurs Burton wants to thank that the film is absolutely bursting at the seams with knowing nods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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October 4, 2012
Burton half succeeds in making this revamped Frankenweenie its own distinctive creature, pieced together from the essential bits of the 29-minute original. But he just doesn't know when to stop, and his overgrown creation gets the better of him.
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 4, 2012
The story brims with self-parody, social satire, horror, nostalgia, wit and emotional insight, with Burton keeping all the plates spinning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 4, 2012
Only Tim Burton could envision this Frankenstein-inspired tale, and it's a honey, a dark and dazzling spellbinder that scares up laughs and surprising emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 4, 2012
"Frankenweenie" is a mere 87 minutes long, which turns out to be just the right length; there's not enough time for Burton to go off the rails as he does in so many of his films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 4, 2012
Burton's extraordinary powers of imagination are in dazzling bloom, from the gorgeous stop-motion animation to the goofy, homemade horror movies the children direct.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
October 4, 2012
Missing, however, are the authentic feelings of morbidity and alienation that once made Burton an interesting filmmaker.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 4, 2012
Even as the narrative becomes progressively more ghoulish and a Godzilla wannabe shows up, Frankenweenie never loses its heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
October 4, 2012
I was nagged by the feeling that the main motivating force behind the film is to convey that its makers really, really, really love old-school horror movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
October 4, 2012
High-concept and stylish, Frankenweenie is a playlist of films and characters from Burton's movie-loving childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 4, 2012
Older kids, horror-movie buffs and Burton fans will likely enjoy this oddly gentle tale of a boy and his dog.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
October 4, 2012
While Frankenweenie is pleasant enough as a curated tour through horror's past, it doesn't add much to its present.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 4, 2012
This isn't one of Burton's best, but it has zealous energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
October 3, 2012
"Frankenweenie" is a chill-inducing delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 3, 2012
A beautifully crafted homage to classic horror films, a study of grief and a commentary on the mysteries of science and those who narrow-mindedly fear its advances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 3, 2012
Fans of Tim Burton 1.0, rejoice: Frankenweenie hearkens back to the director's salad days and, in turn, to the old-school horror classics that inspired him in the first place.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 3, 2012
The resulting homage to Frankenstein in particular and horror movies in general is exquisite, macabre mayhem and a kind of reanimation all its own.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
October 3, 2012
It's all perfectly entertaining, but never really reaches the heights of hilarity, perhaps because everything about the plot is underdeveloped.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 3, 2012
Revisiting the past - his own, and that of the masters who came before him - seems to have brought this filmmaker's boyish enthusiasm back to life, as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
October 2, 2012
If dark and twisted is how you like your Burton movies, you're in luck.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
October 2, 2012
What still eludes Burton is the ability to deepen the superficial allure of his visions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
October 2, 2012
Tight and brief, hitting all the marks you'd expect from an animated kid's film, and enlivened by Burton's visual style. The man should make more small movies like this one.
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William Goss
Film.com
September 21, 2012
It's the best thing with Burton's name on it in the past five years.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
September 21, 2012
Imaginative in a highly familiar and ultimately tedious way.
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 21, 2012
This beautifully designed canine-resurrection saga feels, somewhat fittingly, stitched together from stray narrative parts, but nonetheless evinces a level of discipline and artistic coherence missing from the director's recent live-action efforts.