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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
The 3-D adds a vertiginous thrill to a chase on flying tables and a touch of claustrophobia to a maze of underground corridors.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Not since Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein have the great Universal monsters been subjected to such dismal treatment.
Even the animation is ugly.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
A fast, funny and wildly inventive animated tale with enough laughs and heart to appeal to audiences of all ages.
| Original Score: 3/4
The film is good goofy fun, even as the plot uncorks a whole lotta nothing.
"Hotel Transylvania" may offer a perfectly fine Halloween-themed getaway for young kids, but there aren't many amenities for Mom and Dad.
| Original Score: 2/4
[Tartakovsky's] wit and attention to detail enliven a collection of well-known ghosts and ghouls.
It won't drive you crazy to watch it, but it isn't "The Lion King" either.
| Original Score: C
Feels like a string of jokes without a story.
This comedy starring and produced by Adam Sandler feels as slapped together one of the comedian's live-action buddy movies.
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.
Every generation of trick-or-treaters deserves its monster mash.
The movie loses its originality as it rolls toward its predictable conclusion, but it's still lovely to look at.
| Original Score: 3/5
There's much to enjoy here in a disposable way, particularly jokes about monsters having ordinary problems with kids and spouses.
"Hotel Transylvania" never becomes the great monster mash that seemed in the offing.
At its core, this movie is little more than Twilight told from the other side of the tracks, only with far more fart jokes.
| Original Score: 4/10
There's enough here to entertain - and gross out - the kiddie crowd, and parental units, too.
There are a few laughs sprinkled throughout director Genndy Tartakovsky's film, but not nearly enough.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
There's enough silly slapstick here that it flies by harmlessly.
A family movie that includes almost entirely lewd jokes for adults.
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.
| Original Score: C+
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.
| Original Score: B-
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.
Although it doesn't worry itself with dialectic complexities, Hotel Transylvania succeeds on the level of entertainment.
Tweens might appreciate the sugar-rush ghoulishness; Famous Monsters of Filmland fans and discerning kids-flick viewers may find themselves reaching for torches.
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.
| Original Score: D+
A stale overprotective-dad story set within a location that could easily house a more inspired mix of characters and events.
A scarily unfunny animated monster movie that goes awry right off the bat.