Dark Shadows Reviews

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February 25, 2019
Sad to report, the [Tim] Burton opus is an unnecessarily complicated tale involving too many characters, not to mention an unresolved moral conundrum that has us happily rooting for an unapologetic mass serial killer.
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.
May 16, 2012
Certainly delivers the goods on several levels without quite rising to the heights to which it aspires.
May 15, 2012
After watching the film, an odd, somewhat disjointed comedic drama about family and sacrifice set to Burton's own uniquely macabre cinematic beat, I'm not quite sure what to call this new take on the venerable property.
May 15, 2012
This is not so much a coherent movie as it is a long, expensive joke in search of a purpose.
May 11, 2012
You may not care much for what happens to the characters, but there sure is a lot to ogle while they go about their nonsensical business.
May 11, 2012
Mostly Dark Shadows is silly when we're trained to expect slightly richer fun from Burton and Depp.
May 11, 2012
Fans of Depp's past collusions with Burton will find their rewards along the way. But there's a perfunctory vibe to the goings on, a weariness amid the weirdness.
May 11, 2012
Feels less like a fond and knowing tribute than a work of indifferent, uninspired hackery.
May 11, 2012
Rarely has a film more aptly proven the "more is less" theory - part comedy, part horror, part '70s spoof, part soap opera. And yet none of the genres in this mash-up are the least bit successful.
May 11, 2012
'Dark Shadows' is an amusing piece of high camp, stoked by Depp's deadpan star performance and the kind of elaborate trappings one would expect from Burton.
May 11, 2012
Clearly, they made the movie they wanted to make. It's just not the movie this "Dark Shadows" fan hoped to see.
May 11, 2012
"Dark Shadows has to be the most perfunctory, most self- parodic entry to the [Burton] canon thus far."
May 11, 2012
It is at any rate better value than the disappointing Alice in Wonderland.
May 11, 2012
Dark Shadows' only meaningful relationship is between Depp and his audience. He's a persona now, no longer an actor.
May 11, 2012
How bad is "Dark Shadows"? It makes you long for a "Twilight" movie. That's bad.
May 11, 2012
"Dark Shadows'' certainly has its moments, especially when Barnabas and Angelique hilariously wreck her office during a surreal, CGI-fueled, PG-rated tryst.
May 11, 2012
At once a brash, strutting pop culture pastiche and gloomy exercise in self-cannibalizing nostalgia, "Dark Shadows" is depressing on myriad levels.
May 11, 2012
Can't decide whether it's a parody, a horror comedy, an atmospheric melodrama, or a tedious bucket of crap. Eventually it chooses the last one.
May 10, 2012
Wonderfully weird visuals from Tim Burton and a highly watchable performance by his muse, Johnny Depp cannot keep the tone from faltering and the results are unsatisfying.
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