Hotel Transylvania Reviews

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Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered
September 28, 2012
Hotel Transylvania is a chief offender when it comes to the issues plaguing mainstream animation today and in a number of ways is a significant step back for Sony Pictures Animation after their hit Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant
September 28, 2012
An off-putting juxtaposition of heartfelt character moments and lowbrow poop jokes prevent Hotel Transylvania from ever being especially heartfelt or funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Abhimanyu Das
Slant Magazine
September 24, 2012
Yet another instance of a decent, potentially thorny premise bogged down in a mess of treacly sentiment and tedious moralizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 27, 2012
The film starts off well [and] makes you think that several different zany things could happen, but sadly, the writers don't take advantage of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lewis Corner
Digital Spy
October 27, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
October 13, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
September 27, 2012
The boingy action and gastrointestinal humor may district wee ones for awhile, but parents will find themselves wondering how soon they can check out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
September 20, 2012
Not a complete failure for the young ones who think the idea of a farting Frankenstein is funny, but more discerning audiences will find this vampiric comedy fangless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
September 27, 2012
At its core, this movie is little more than Twilight told from the other side of the tracks, only with far more fart jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
September 27, 2012
Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, where you can check out any time you like, but you will never laugh. With apologies to The Eagles, "almost never."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 28, 2012
...there's nothing terribly bad about Hotel Transylvania, it's just not very special.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 29, 2012
Not since Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein have the great Universal monsters been subjected to such dismal treatment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alex Zane
Sun Online
October 11, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 12, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 9, 2012
Perfectly toothless.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
September 28, 2012
The uninspired and slapsticky Hotel Transylvania is a textbook example of a movie built around a promising premise but cursed by poor execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 27, 2012
There's one volume in "Hotel": loud. And one mode of humor: crass.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
October 11, 2012
Somehow dull and exhausting all at once, and the central concept (monsters who fear humans) was explored with far more wit and elegance in Pixar's timeless Monsters, Inc.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
September 27, 2012
"Hotel Transylvania" never becomes the great monster mash that seemed in the offing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
October 11, 2012
Castle horror versus theme-park tourism. No real winners.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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