Hotel Transylvania Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
October 11, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 1, 2012
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.
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
September 30, 2012
The 3-D adds a vertiginous thrill to a chase on flying tables and a touch of claustrophobia to a maze of underground corridors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 29, 2012
Even the animation is ugly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 28, 2012
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.
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
September 28, 2012
A fast, funny and wildly inventive animated tale with enough laughs and heart to appeal to audiences of all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
September 28, 2012
The film is good goofy fun, even as the plot uncorks a whole lotta nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 28, 2012
"Hotel Transylvania" may offer a perfectly fine Halloween-themed getaway for young kids, but there aren't many amenities for Mom and Dad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
September 28, 2012
[Tartakovsky's] wit and attention to detail enliven a collection of well-known ghosts and ghouls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 28, 2012
It won't drive you crazy to watch it, but it isn't "The Lion King" either.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
September 28, 2012
Feels like a string of jokes without a story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 28, 2012
This comedy starring and produced by Adam Sandler feels as slapped together one of the comedian's live-action buddy movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 27, 2012
While it's an energetic romp, there is more slapstick humor than wit at work here, and a good deal of borrowing from the far more clever Monsters, Inc.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
September 27, 2012
Every generation of trick-or-treaters deserves its monster mash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
September 27, 2012
The movie loses its originality as it rolls toward its predictable conclusion, but it's still lovely to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 27, 2012
There's much to enjoy here in a disposable way, particularly jokes about monsters having ordinary problems with kids and spouses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 27, 2012
There's enough here to entertain - and gross out - the kiddie crowd, and parental units, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 27, 2012
There are a few laughs sprinkled throughout director Genndy Tartakovsky's film, but not nearly enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 27, 2012
There's enough silly slapstick here that it flies by harmlessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
September 27, 2012
A family movie that includes almost entirely lewd jokes for adults.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
September 27, 2012
A story about the difficult balance between protecting loved ones and controlling them is discarded so the cast can monomaniacally pursue a trite cliché summed up with a silly noise.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 26, 2012
Tartakovsky's zippy, boing-boing touch shines through in the purely physical antics of the monster mob; words aren't necessary as the freaks bounce around the place with nutso energy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
September 26, 2012
The main reason I'm giving this a more favorable rating than my actual opinion of the movie would seem to call for is because the screening I attended also had a lot of kids in the audience, and most of them were relatively delighted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
September 25, 2012
Although it doesn't worry itself with dialectic complexities, Hotel Transylvania succeeds on the level of entertainment.
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David Fear
Time Out
September 25, 2012
Tweens might appreciate the sugar-rush ghoulishness; Famous Monsters of Filmland fans and discerning kids-flick viewers may find themselves reaching for torches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
September 8, 2012
The biggest issue facing "Hotel Transylvania" is that this story has been done before, over the past six decades, and in a far superior manner.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 7, 2012
A stale overprotective-dad story set within a location that could easily house a more inspired mix of characters and events.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 7, 2012
A scarily unfunny animated monster movie that goes awry right off the bat.