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Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Reviews

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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.
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.
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
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
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
November 20, 2011
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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.

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
Philip French
Observer (UK)
October 9, 2011
It's watchable enough and elegantly staged, but it's an Amityville Horror with delusions of grandeur.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
October 7, 2011
Decently produced and acted, and the demons are creepy - but this is no Pan's Labyrinth and ends up a mite predictable.
| Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
October 7, 2011
Del Toro's influence is apparent in the CGI of the bulbous-headed goblins, but the story has none of the shiver-inducing otherness of Pan's Labyrinth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
October 6, 2011
You'll never think of the Tooth Fairy in the same way again after seeing this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
October 6, 2011
A minor Del Toro, perhaps, but a must for his fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Digital Spy
October 6, 2011
Firmly old school in its feel, this has plenty of hide-behind-your-hands moments...
| Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
October 6, 2011
Boasting some impressive visual effects, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is nicely acted, atmospheric and genuinely creepy in places, but it's ultimately let down by some weak plotting and the fact that it plays its hand too early...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
October 5, 2011
Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark is all-encapsulatingly scary, but not perhaps in the way you might have expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
October 5, 2011
There is so much here that one admires, one wishes that there was more to love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Empire Magazine
October 2, 2011
A satisfying, well-crafted supernatural horror movie, refreshingly retro in its Gothic trappings. It won't traumatise a generation, but it certainly delivers the shivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin A. Ranson
September 18, 2011
An intimate ankle biter vs. ankle biters battle of flashbulbs, sharp things, and suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
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