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Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Reviews

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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
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
Top Critic
Melissa Lafsky
New York Observer
August 24, 2011
After announcing he was no longer directing The Hobbit, Mr. Del Toro sustained a blow to his post-Pan's Labyrinth armor, and this washout brings him one step closer to full career rupture.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International
August 25, 2011
Lush and creepy, this traditional haunted-house film becomes repetitive during its second half.
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
September 4, 2011
A movie painted in oils but written in crayon.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
August 26, 2011
It's all very good-looking and you don't need gore to sell a good horror flick, but you do need something in its place, like suspense. You won't be afraid of this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Joshua Starnes
August 26, 2011
The fairy-tale aspect is not well-crafted enough to make for an engaging fantasy and the suspense is not scary enough to be truly thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Alexandra Cavallo
Boston Phoenix
August 24, 2011
What this film really needs is a good exterminator, or a better director.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
August 25, 2011
There's no denying that his latest monsters are imaginative and detailed creations, but the haunted house-style story is hampered by his desire to show them off.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 24, 2011
The creatures look and sound completely silly, and instead of scary and dangerous, they just seem goofy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 7, 2011
Though artfully shot, the set up never threatens to develop any real tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
August 24, 2011
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark never gets you jumping out of your seat.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 25, 2011
While director Nixey has talent, his indiscriminately roving camera tends to diffuse the tension, not heighten it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
October 6, 2011
It's more silly than scary with not enough plot and surprise but the cast are good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Clay Cane
August 26, 2011
'Dark' falls into many trappings that ruin a horror movie: Characters who stupidly refuse to leave a haunted house? Check! All gloss and no scares? Check! A spooky brunette child? Check! Previews that are better than the movie? Check!
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
September 6, 2011
The surroundings made the movie and gave it an eerie effect, but overall the storyline lacked substance to be a true horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 27, 2011
A scary film where the scares peter out far too quickly.
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