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Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Reviews

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September 28, 2017
The film's standout star though is the absolutely stunning house. It sets a new bar for gorgeously creepy sets and is only made all the more awesome by the history built up for it in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 7, 2015
The thoroughly unsympathetic protagonist aside, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" just isn't that frightening.
August 26, 2015
There's a simple sense of old-fashioned restraint that makes Sally's dark journey a little bit quiet, but also subtly satisfying.
May 3, 2015
Straddled uncomfortably between its modest premise and reckless CGI abandon.
September 8, 2013
If the scares aren't all quite as effective as the rest of the film, then there's still plenty to tickle the nerves of a less jaded horror fan.
July 10, 2013
Completists of del Toro will want to check it out as a curio but it's hard to imagine general audiences or even horror fans finding anything here they haven't seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 28, 2013
Guillermo del Toro's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is as murky and ill-conceived as its multitude of dimly-lit corners,
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
January 29, 2012
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark might not play as well for adults, but younger audiences (namely preteens) will likely enjoy the hell out of this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
January 27, 2012
Next to Attack the Block, this beautifully realized bit of H.P. Lovecraft-like nastiness might just be the most fun I've had sitting in a theatre this entire Summer, the final product a B-grade sensation worthy of adoration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 30, 2011
With the exception of the opening segment this remake can't hold a candle to its chintzy but decidedly more satisfying forebear.
December 28, 2011
In this hyperactive digital age, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is almost antiquated in its approach to horror. And that is its greatest strength.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 22, 2011
Every week, it seems, I watch a remake, or a 'reimagining,' of a feature film that didn't need to be remade. Now here's a remake of, I swear, a made-for-TV movie (starring Kim Darby, incidentally) from the 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 20, 2011
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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 4, 2011
It's not a question of whether the dark is something worth being afraid of, but whether or not it will actually put you to sleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 3, 2011
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is horror by-the-numbers. Parts of it are effectively chilling, and the performances are fine, but there's no sense of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 3, 2011
A remake of a film del Toro says frightened him as a child, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark suffers from a very grown-up need to answer all the questions and the result is more Gremlins than Grimm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 2, 2011
The notion that clichés become clichés because they work every time is writ large in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, a film that does everything right but nothing new.
October 29, 2011
The formula is all too predictably followed
October 29, 2011
There are a few genuine scares in this fantasy horror movie produced and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, although it smacks of melodrama and manipulation
October 13, 2011
Dont Be Afraid Of The Dark will remind viewers to tuck their feet in at night but is unlikely to terrify any hardcore horror fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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