Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Reviews

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May 24, 2019
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark works well as a whole, and should leave you satisfyingly unable to comply to its titular injunction: best viewed with the lights off.
February 8, 2019
Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark is fun and creepy in an old-fashioned Hammer way, but it never makes us truly afraid.
January 9, 2019
"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" has the distinction of mixing some old-fashioned spine-tingling scares in with a decidedly new spine to be tingled.
December 1, 2018
Solidly creepy fun with occasional moments of frightening brilliance.
November 4, 2018
There are dumb movies, and then there are Dumb Movies, movies that seem so brain-dead that they don't even bring a number 2 pencil to the exam. This is one of those movies.
May 14, 2018
Without the gravitas, its strengths lie in its better-than-average-horror cast and good scares.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 20, 2011
ola exoyne mia safh epirroh apo Spielberg thn opoia o Nixey denei sxedon arista me to gotthiko, zwntano arxontiko poy eixe sto myalo toy, asxeta an parallhla se aifnidiazei me th.. mh Del Toro-ikothta toy
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.
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