Critic Consensus: Goosebumps boasts just enough of its spooky source material's kid-friendly charm to make up for the script's scattershot humor and a punishingly frantic pace.
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|Rating:||PG (for scary and intense creature action and images, and for some rude humor)|
|Genre:||Horror, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||Rob Letterman|
|Written By:||Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Darren Lemke|
|In Theaters:||Oct 16, 2015 Wide|
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as Officer Stevens
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Critic Reviews for Goosebumps
A pop monster movie with lots of 80s influence. [Full review in Spanish]
Healthy and light entertainment come from this nice plot where Jack Black is our guide in a family adventure. [Full review in Spanish]
A fun horror adventure for the fans, that will also appeal to newcomers of Stine and the "Goosebumps" novels.
Entertaining, fun and with lots of charisma, but the premise the story is built on is just fascinating. [Full review in Spanish]
An amazing film, hopefully it will be the launch of a new franchise. [Full review in Spanish]
Audience Reviews for Goosebumps
Based on the hugely popular anthology horror literature, Goosebumps is a jubilantly redoubtable, sprightly adaptation that pays homage to Gremlins (the lawn gnomes could rival those mischievous sprites for mayhem and their wholesale massacre via garbage disposal, oven and finally bear traps) and Ghostbusters for family-friendly frights. Jack Black is effectively antisocial as the nom de plume Stine who is reclusive because of his animosity towards the outside world. His competitive nature with Stephen King is mockingly jabbed ("Yes, 400-million copies worldwide. It's still very impressive."). However, Tenacious D songbird Black fires on all cylinders in his cackling vocal performance as Slappy, the malevolent ventriloquist dummy. He imports the sinister intonations of Brad Dourif's Chucky for Slappy. My biggest criticism for the film is a technical one. The interaction between Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) and company with the hulking creature is unconvincingly rendered. It's either a mouth-agape reaction shot or slapstick pratfalls with the critters and they don't intersect in the same frame often enough to preserve the corporeal illusion. Ala Chris Pine, Minnette is a witty lead who lobs off acerbic one-liners like a breadcrumb trail of sarcasm ("My mom asked me where in the whole world I would like to move and I said Madison, Delaware"). It's a laudable compliment if people mistake Tim Burton for the helmsman instead of Rob Letterman because of the blustery score by Danny Elfman, the alienated-outsider storyline and the effortless mingling of gallows humor. In a clever cameo, the real Stine glides through the frame as Mr. Black, the drama teacher. It's not too hair-raising for kids and it's not too puerile for adults, Goosebumps wiggles into the sweet spot for multi-generational entertainment.
Dumb, fun, smart, and helming a surprising emotional heft, "Goosebumps" is more enjoyable than I would have ever thought. Lead by Dylan Minnette (Zach), a teenager moves into the house next door to Author R.L. Stein, and after coming across the manuscripts of the "Goosebumps" novels, the creatures are unleashed unto the town. Although there are some pretty terrible moments of dialogue, the film makes up for it by being self-aware of it's story and embracing the silliness that ensues throughout the picture. For kids, this is a perfect film. For adults, not so much. I was able to watch this with an open mind and I can wholeheartedly say that I had a blast. Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Ryan Lee, and Odeya Rush all work very well together. Is this a film that was screaming to be made, no, but is it harmless fun? Yes. "Goosebumps" is definitely a great family film for the Halloween season. Not too scary for kids, but not too tame for the adults either. This is a fun ride that you can find at least some enjoyment with. Overall, I had a lot of fun with it!
Though goose pimply at times, this amalgamation of all of R.L. Stine's spooky children bedtime stories makes for some harried horror but half-decent humor for moviegoing families. A unique take on the author's canon overall, Goosebumps celebrates more than dramatizes his stories, placing the author as a character amidst an accidental gathering of his most nefarious and monstrous creations. The result never proves out-and-out scary and the jokes are hit and miss, but the movie somehow entertains throughout. Fast moving and boasting a whipsmart premise that doesn't require you to be an aficionado of Stine's works (or the Nickelodeon TV series they spawned in the '90s), the movie just asks you to go for a mindless joyride. The climax even offers a twist worthy of the author himself...not the most original, mind you, but a decent hairpin turn nonetheless.
In this child friendly PG-rated horror flick, A teenager (Minnette) teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R.L. Stine (Black) after the writer's imaginary demons are set free on the town of Greendale, Maryland.
Jack Black dials it back from his usual over-the-top wide-eyed shtick for a somewhat nuanced curmudgeonly take on the children's author. The visual effects run hot (some hilariously evil lawn gnomes) to cold (a werewolf that looks like he was generated for play on a Sega Genesis), but the energy of the cast rarely lets up. Ace bio-pic scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, The People Vs. Larry Flynt) come up with a winning framework that screenwriter Darren Lemke runs with, crafting a satisfying thriller for teens and a mindless amusement for the rest.
Bottom line: Tenacious D-Lite
|Gale:||I know I speak for the entire administration when I say how excited we are about this weekend's dance. We can't stop twerking about it.|
|R.L. Stine:||Does anyone else want to drive 'cause I'll pull us over right now!|
|Hannah:||The only way to stop them is to suck them back into the books.|
|R.L. Stine:||You've just released every monster I've ever created!|
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