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Dark Shadows Reviews

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June 30, 2012
In yet another over-designed cinematic letdown, director Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland; Sweeney Todd) weaves a choppy comic tale of resurrected ghouls set in the early 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nathaniel Rogers
Film Experience
June 22, 2012
Burton can still deliver a great visual hook and whimsical comedy. But he seems caught between his new laziness and his old genuine excitement about filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
June 3, 2012
Isn't sure if it is supposed to be a campy homage, a vampire black comedy, or a family friendly horror pic...doesn't come close to the duo's wondrous collaborations.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
June 2, 2012
Dark Shadows gets stuck in neutral because of the uncertainty as to what kind of a film it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
June 1, 2012
Burton deploys the kind of winking, sly humor he knows his leading man can pull off.
Eric Melin
June 1, 2012
Some scenes seem to exist in their own universe entirely, having no bearing on the rest of the plot. If this is supposed to be some sort of satirical comment on the original TV show, which was famously erratic, then it was a bad choice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 31, 2012
Burton's most entertaining film since Ed Wood.
Michael Dequina
May 27, 2012
Barely rates as a shadow of the franchise's previous lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 27, 2012
I'm still in a state of shock over being bored while watching a Johnny Depp flick.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
May 24, 2012
Visually elaborate, but dramatically flat
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
May 20, 2012
While Burton should have been comfortable with the story's large-scale passions and soap opera emotions -- as evidenced by movies like Edward Scissorhands -- he seems unwilling to take the risk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jackie K. Cooper
May 19, 2012
Johnny Depp and Tim Burton make a movie for each other and leave the audience waiting to be entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
May 18, 2012
Burton and Depp have gotten into the practice of making boring and stupid movies lately. Hope that particular trend ends soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric Eisenberg
May 18, 2012
The movie is completely tone deaf - unsure if it's a horror movie, a comedy or a drama - and never finds anything interesting in the characters for the audience to latch on to.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Juergens
May 18, 2012
By refusing to go either full-on melodrama or pure sendup, they've sentenced the original show's characters to an eternity of being upstaged by ugly lampshades.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 17, 2012
Does not feel as derivative and artificial as most of what [Burton] has done since 2001.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
May 16, 2012
Without a strong central conflict, the film ends up wobbling from set piece to set piece, as if Burton were continually yelling, "Hey, check this out!"
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
May 16, 2012
Pitching the film playfully between farce, with a knowing satiric edge, high action and high romance, Dark Shadows is a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Stratton
The Australian
May 16, 2012
Certainly delivers the goods on several levels without quite rising to the heights to which it aspires.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
May 16, 2012
It's filled with moments that don't really matter, especially when dealing with the fishing business.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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