Sleepy Hollow (1999)



Critic Consensus: Sleepy Hollow entertains with its stunning visuals and creepy atmosphere.

Movie Info

Washington Irving's tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman gets a few new twists in a screen adaptation directed by Tim Burton. In this version, Ichabod (Johnny Depp) is a New York City detective whose unorthodox techniques and penchant for gadgets make him unpopular with is colleagues. He is sent to the remote town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of bizarre murders, in which a number of people have been found dead in the woods, with their heads cut off. Local legend has it … More

Rating: R (for graphic horror violence and gore, and for a scene of sexuality)
Genre: Horror, Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Kevin Walker
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 23, 2000
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


as Ichabod Crane

as Katrina Van Tassel

as Lady Van Tassel

as Brom Van Brunt

as Baltus Van Tassel

as Headless Horseman

as Young Masbeth

as Hardenbrook

as Burgomaster

as Steenwyck

as Lady Crane

as Phillipse

as Doc Lancaster

as Beth Killian

as Van Garrett (uncredi...

as High Constable

as Headless Horseman

as Jonathan Masbeth

as Icahbod's father
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Critic Reviews for Sleepy Hollow

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (30)

For about an hour it's a fine, ghoulish carnival sideshow, and that has its charms, but there's a thin desperation about the climax.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Burton, for all his skill, never ranges beyond the thrills of the obvious; he doesn't enlarge the meaning of the horror he shows us, the way a Brian De Palma might.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Sleepy Hollow has an aesthetic that seems based on album covers. It doesn't feel like the work of an artist in any way.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

There are lots of slasher movies better than this.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

It is a horror film, but it's a Tim Burton horror film. Make no mistake about that.

Full Review… | November 4, 2010
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Burton piles on the artistic gore for this rendition. He just forgets to add the terror.

Full Review… | February 18, 2009

Audience Reviews for Sleepy Hollow


Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are a wonderful combination and once again Burtons twists to a classic make it a fun ride.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Burton creates the best homage to the Universal monster films of the late 30's, early 40's that I've ever seen in this steroid-injected take on the old Washington Irving tale of a horse-riding phantom of doom. Not everything goes smoothly. Johnny Depp has to "do" scared wimpy guy a bit too much, making other actors have to react disgustedly too much as well. It gets old after the third or fourth time. Walken's ghost growls sometimes too long ("stop growling and do something, f'cryingoutloud!" I'd think). And Ricci ... was she only a stand-in for Winona Ryder? Whatever, despite these niggling concerns, the work succeeds in eliciting the romance those films of old simmered in, the mood and nuance. I loved it.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A handsomely shot and decorated film from the always gothic Tim Burton about the legend of Sleepy Hollow and the headless horseman (the terrifically casted Christopher Walken), and how Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) ventures to the mythical town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate some suspicious murders done by the villain. While the acting pretty much sucks, and Depp is still doing his "hands acting" thing way too much, the dark nature and atmosphere that permeates the film is unmistakable. Burton definitely has a feel for this story, as well as how to capture the look of it from a cinematography standpoint, it is just too bad the acting is so bad. Which more or less pushes this film into "campy" territory far too often. So, it's a toss-up. I really liked certain parts of it but then some aspects were so terrible you can not help but laugh. So, not the worst movie I have ever seen, but far from the best. Although I will admit I enjoyed it even when it gets utterly ridiculous.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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