Hotel Transylvania Reviews

Tom Huddleston
Time Out
Top Critic
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
Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
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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
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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September 29, 2012

Even the animation is ugly.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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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.

Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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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
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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September 28, 2012

The film is good goofy fun, even as the plot uncorks a whole lotta nothing.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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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
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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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
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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September 28, 2012

Feels like a string of jokes without a story.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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
Tom Russo
Boston Globe
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September 27, 2012

Every generation of trick-or-treaters deserves its monster mash.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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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
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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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
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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September 27, 2012

"Hotel Transylvania" never becomes the great monster mash that seemed in the offing.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
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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
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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September 27, 2012

There's enough silly slapstick here that it flies by harmlessly.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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September 27, 2012

A family movie that includes almost entirely lewd jokes for adults.

Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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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+
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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-
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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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
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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September 25, 2012

Although it doesn't worry itself with dialectic complexities, Hotel Transylvania succeeds on the level of entertainment.

David Fear
Time Out New York
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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
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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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+
Peter Debruge
Variety
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September 7, 2012

A stale overprotective-dad story set within a location that could easily house a more inspired mix of characters and events.

Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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September 7, 2012

A scarily unfunny animated monster movie that goes awry right off the bat.