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Dark Shadows Reviews

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October 23, 2017
The problems come largely from the script, which is bereft of character development and the humor is caught somewhere between too broad for camp and too weird for mainstream appeal.
September 28, 2017
With a cast this stellar and Tim Burton directing, you'd be forgiven for expecting something far more cohesive than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 18, 2017
Certainly I wish I had had as much fun as the participants seemed to be having but in the end, and a spectacular special effects end it is, the film was as wispy as some of the ghosts that flew by.
March 7, 2017
It's thrilling to have this often-overlooked gem of popular culture revived on such a huge scale.
May 9, 2016
As much as it tries to make this a love story, we don't feel its heart pulsating. Barnabus is a vampire who wants his life back, but neither he nor the film truly succeeds.
August 26, 2015
Not just a bad film; it's evidence of people who are barely even trying.
October 3, 2013
Johnny Depp once again takes a role where he allows the make up and prosthetics to do the acting for him...
June 23, 2013
The nadir of Burton's career and is likely going to be his biggest flop, a film that's not a comedy, not a drama, not a horror film, and not a fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
June 17, 2013
The only reason to see Dark Shadows is to discover how dire and pointless-how flat-out dreadful-a movie can be even when it has Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Helena Bonham Carter attached to its flimsy pretext.
June 2, 2013
There's more than enough here for us older folks - and some younger ones, too - to have us exclaiming, Fangs for the memories.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 21, 2013
Burton really needed to lean his horror-comedy more toward horror. Instead, it's reminiscent at times of Love at First Bite and the feature film remakes of The Addams Family and The Brady Bunch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 17, 2012
It turns into a bit of a mess towards the finish line, but at least it's a fun mess, and if you're looking to Tim Burton for narrative tidiness you must be thinking of another Tim Burton.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 5, 2012
Dark Shadows should have been a return-to-form for director Tim Burton, but with a bloated budget and way too much room to play, Burton delivers yet another wasted effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
September 28, 2012
Made for an audience of no one, Dark Shadows is a mess of campy horror, "fish out of coffin" comedy, and gothic melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 27, 2012
Not a colossal failure but an indicator that Burton and Depp could stand to step outside their collective me + you = cinematic magic mindsets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 27, 2012
...following Graeme-Smith's lead, Burton has made, quite possibly, the worst film of his 30-year career.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 27, 2012
Dark Shadows is never short on stunning backdrops and impressive cinematographic techniques. It looks a treat. But with Dark Shadows, like Depp himself, you can only put so much make-up on an ageing face and sell it as fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 23, 2012
It's just sort of a star vehicle for Johnny Depp, with everyone and everything else a secondary consideration at best.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
September 14, 2012
It had so much potential, but given the result, it should have stayed in the shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 13, 2012
Dark Shadows really is just a mixed bag of chuckles and drama that never really gets the balance quite right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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