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Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
The thoroughly unsympathetic protagonist aside, "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" just isn't that frightening.
Scott Weinberg
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.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Straddled uncomfortably between its modest premise and reckless CGI abandon.
Glenn Dunks
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.
Cory Everett
The Playlist
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
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
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
R. L. Shaffer
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
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
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.
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
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
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
November 20, 2011
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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Clift
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
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
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
Dale Rolfe
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
Simon Foster
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.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 29, 2011
The formula is all too predictably followed
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
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
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
October 12, 2011
The irony, of course, is that you should be afraid of the dark. And you will be, after watching this scary horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Calvin Baxter
SFX Magazine
October 12, 2011
A film that'll give you second thoughts about relocating to that country pile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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