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The Haunted Mansion Reviews

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
November 28, 2003
While it may supply giggles and shivers to preteens, grownups should think twice before entering this all-too-haunted house.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Staci Layne Wilson
Horror.com
November 28, 2003
If you are a fan of special effects you might find it worth spending the money, but if you want some good plotting with your pretty pictures don't bother.
Mark Ramsey
MovieJuice!
November 28, 2003
Nowadays, folks say "remember when Eddie Murphy could make you laugh" the same way they say "remember the Alamo."
Full Review | Original Score: F
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
November 27, 2003
Eddie Murphy has been many things to many people in his tempestuous career. Until now, 'mayo-and-bologna-on-white' hasn't been one of them.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 27, 2003
Perhaps used to working with animated characters, Minkoff fails to inspire much energy from his cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jen Chaney
Washington Post
November 26, 2003
The point of Haunted Mansion is for audiences to sit back and enjoy the ride, which is easy to do thanks to an engaging story, the striking, Gothic-inspired set by Oscar-winner John Myhre and some delightful special effects.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 26, 2003
It's perfectly palatable family fare for a long weekend when it's hard to find movies at the neighborhood 'plex that will please everyone.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
November 26, 2003
Contempo Hollywood may be awash in brilliant technicians and craftspeople but it also needs good storytellers, who aren't to be found in The Haunted Mansion.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
November 26, 2003
The movie's horror angle also reminds us of Vampire in Brooklyn, the last in a string of Murphy flops before The Nutty Professor saved his screen career in 1996. With this listless foray, Eddie is twice bitten.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Angel Cohn
TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 26, 2003
It's notoriously difficult to balance lighthearted humor with the spookiness a good ghost story requires, but director Rob Minkoff is surprisingly successful, delivering a satisfying mix of laughs and mild scares aimed at a young audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 26, 2003
The story is so flimsy, could it possibly have been ghostwritten by Goofy?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 26, 2003
A badly scripted, sloppily put-together hack job.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 26, 2003
The problem here isn't so much the pace as the too-predictable story and the general lack of energy; director Rob Minkoff can't seem to light a fire under his cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
November 26, 2003
Haunted Mansion won't be anybody's E-ticket ride, but it's an enjoyable movie for a very specific age range (children 8 to 12), and will be tolerable for almost everyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
November 26, 2003
Haunted is much more loyal to the original amusement attraction than the freewheeling and more imaginative Pirates film, which is good for nostalgia but not especially good for storytelling.
| Original Score: 5/10
Sarah Chauncey
Reel.com
November 26, 2003
Here's a better way to spend your money: go to Disneyland and visit the real Haunted Mansion.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
November 26, 2003
Nothing awful, nothing special.
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
November 26, 2003
You don't go to a movie like this for the sparkling repartee; you go to ride the ride one more time, and director Rob Minkoff delivers with a slew of sight gags and character cameos that will keep faith with the fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
November 26, 2003
The Haunted Mansion is disappointing in just about every way. Even the plot, which seems simple enough at first, turns out to be confusing when all is revealed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
November 26, 2003
A film of dull plot, trite lessons, flat comedy, wan frights and wasted, listless energy.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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