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Hotel Transylvania (2012)

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45

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 138
Fresh: 62 | Rotten: 76

Hotel Transylvania's buoyant, giddy tone may please children, but it might be a little too loud and thinly-scripted for older audiences.

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 18

Hotel Transylvania's buoyant, giddy tone may please children, but it might be a little too loud and thinly-scripted for older audiences.

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
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Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's (Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world's most famous monsters--Frankenstein and his bride, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more--to celebrate his daughter Mavis's 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem--but

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Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy

Jan 29, 2013

$148.3M

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No one does saccharine like Adam Sandler. The man can be sharp, angry and funny - but when he lays on the sweetness, it's like drowning in an avalanche of Tate & Lyle.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It's all strictly one-note stuff. But it's a funny note, and the film has a grand old time giving us the same type of gag over and over again.

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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The 3-D adds a vertiginous thrill to a chase on flying tables and a touch of claustrophobia to a maze of underground corridors.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (2)
Chicago Sun-Times
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Not since Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein have the great Universal monsters been subjected to such dismal treatment.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (14)
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Even the animation is ugly.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (33)
Newark Star-Ledger
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Hotel Transylvania may lack the emotional oomph of Pixar's best efforts, but it makes up for it with rapid-fire gags and an unflagging pace that makes this a rare all-ages treat.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: TheWrap
TheWrap
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Has the definite stamp of Sandler and his crew, but in the end it's a fine and very sweet animated family film.

October 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

In the role of a concerned father and cartoon monster, Sandler manages to be something he has not been onscreen in a long time: likable.

July 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Twitch

Kids will enjoy Hotel Transylvania, and it won't bore the socks off adults too.

January 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

There's a good chance that children under 10 will find "Hotel Transylvania" entertaining, because it's as non-threatening as can be and the jokes are obvious. There's an equally good chance that everyone else will wander off . . .

January 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

From the spooked start, the comic-rhythm dial's set to bulldozer. Whizzes through the superficially amusing conceit without actually taking much time to craft cunning comedy. Like a sugar-rushed Count Chocula-meets-Fawlty-Towers idea.

November 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

This is a perfectly O.K. animated film. The animation is really quite good. The characters are interesting, but the predictable story isn't very compelling. It is a slightly above average animated feature.

November 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Director Genndy Tartakovsky has fashioned something even the most sensitive little flowers in your family can enjoy.

October 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

Hotel Transylvania might be useful as a primer to introduce young film fans to some classic screen creatures, but it falls way behind the standard set by wittier animations from the likes of Pixar and Aardman.

October 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Comment (1)
Digital Spy

The concept of monsters as the good guys and humans as the villains is nothing new in the realm of movies, but Tartakovsky keeps things moving along at a satisfying pace as the stellar voice cast have a field day with their iconic characters.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

... another empty-calorie animated feature ...

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Checking into this hotel will give you a thrill and get you in the mood for Halloween.

October 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

It's not good enough to actually like, nor is it bad enough to get worked up about.

October 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

With a script by that manages to dilute Adam Sandler's baser instincts with a real love for Universal monsters, Hotel Transylvania is no Grown Ups-style torture.

October 15, 2012 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

It's inventive, wittily drawn, macabre in a Charles Addams vein, and overlong. Children will find it as much fun as Halloween.

October 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The characters and story, forged by six different directors and many more writers over a six-year-production stint, leave little room for Tartakovsky tricks and tics.

October 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Eye-catching animation and non-stop jokes make this animated monster movie a lot more fun than we expect. It's packed with gross-out gags that will keep kids laughing, plus clever character-based humour for the grown-ups.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com | Comment (1)
Contactmusic.com

The ultimate message about ignorance being the scariest thing of all is a sincere one, but it gets lost in the nonstop, eager-to-please, uninspired zaniness.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

There is not much originality here, particularly not a daughter wanting to escape an overprotective parent - Brave and Tangled did this much better - and the 3D hardly registers.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Sandler's second venture into animation is almost as unfunny as his horrendous Eight Crazy Nights, ten years ago.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Comedy gothic isn't exactly novel, and frankly there is a sense here of a movie coasting along on Halloween hype-marketing, without providing as many laughs and ideas as it really could have done.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Audience Reviews for Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania was a cute cartoon. I enjoyed all of the different characters. It had some laughs. Of course Adam brought in a lot of his friends to do the voices for the characters. I didn't mind it so much this time since I didn't have to see them. My nieces and nephews really enjoyed it and said that the movie was really good and is now one of their favorites. So I guess all that matters is that the kids love it since it is, in the end, intended for the children.
March 31, 2013
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Attention to detail is all important in animated films and the makers of Hotel Transylvania know this while many other animated films forget. The story is fun, not too preachy or cliched even when you expect it to be. It's not too schmaltzy either, another pit fall that seems rife in animation. I thought the voices were good too, the cast picked for how they sound rather than who they are but with some well known names just the same. The biggest let down for me, and it is a bit of a animation cliche, is the bloody awful music. All that attention do the visual detail just to let themselves down with the sound seems like such a shame. Still, its good and not the bad film as I'd heard.
March 8, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

The first half was lame, the last half seemed to pick up. But, it still wasn't as good as I had expected it to be. Ok, just not great...
February 19, 2013
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

I was very wary about this project. It starred a bunch of voice actors that have generally outstayed their welcome, and at the same time it is directed by an animation genius. What transpired is a rather mixed affair but for the first half I was totally entranced and laughing heartily at the visual humour and pretty clever jokes. The film has Dracula building a hotel for all his monster buddies to escape persecution. He also uses it to shield his daughter away from the outside world, but when a human shows up unexpectedly, things begin to change. Tartakovsky has a real eye for detail, which allows many funny goings on in the background. The voice work was also well suited, with even Kevin James and David Spade providing good performances, although Samberg's attempts to sound like your average 21 year old backpacker was a bit annoying and unconvincing. However, I can't really remember the second half of the film, which is odd because I was enjoying it so much. I guess it was just bland and formulaic after a while. Most annoying of all was the film failing to live by its rules, where we could have seen an emotional and painful moment for Dracula, instead he can just be in the sun for as long as he likes. Play by your own damn rules film.
January 28, 2013
kiriyamakazou

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