Goosebumps Reviews

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February 7, 2016
Goosebumps combines cynicism with sweetness. If you can get past the slow start, woefully blank hero Zach (Dylan Minnette), and hit-and-miss special effects, you'll be charmed.
February 4, 2016
Goosebumps is a surprisingly funny adaptation of the RL Stine children's monster-book series, with Jack Black playing the ghoulish writer and Dylan Minnette the boy next door.
February 3, 2016
Goosebumps is nostalgia at its most infectious.
February 1, 2016
More goofy fun than such a blatant cash-in ought to be.
January 22, 2016
As the monsters are set free, and special effects mayhem starts to pile up, Goosebumps becomes an undifferentiated thrill ride, a slightly exhausting roll call that includes deadly garden gnomes, a teen werewolf, a giant mantis and a lot of slime.
January 21, 2016
The film doesn't try hard to make the case that Hannah's as "real" as anyone else despite being from a book, though it easily could have. That's Goosebumps's implicit premise when it comes to the monsters, after all.
October 16, 2015
It gently mocks the traditions of the genre -- giant preying mantis rips roof off high school -- while never getting too frightening.
October 16, 2015
Jack Black fires up a stampede of comic terrors ready made for Halloween. Sure it's exhausting. But Goosebumps, knowing its audience, lets it rip.
October 16, 2015
It's a cheerful, nasty delight.
October 16, 2015
Goosebumps isn't detached or ironic, nor does it pretend to be something it's not. It's a bonus for fans who pored over the books and it celebrates the fun side of things going bump in the night.
October 16, 2015
At a guess, I'd say that Goosebumps will satisfy its core audience - fans of R.L. Stine's popular children's books - and bore pretty much everyone else.
October 15, 2015
The film goes too wide and gets a little soft at the end, but not fatally so. It's the rare horror film - well, sort of horror - that you and your children can enjoy together.
October 15, 2015
"Goosebumps" would seem to yield the serial pleasures a voracious Stineophile might desire.
October 15, 2015
Maybe it's for the best; maybe a truly scary story would have alienated the target demographic, or their parents.
October 15, 2015
It's the best treat we've gotten this Halloween, and definitely not just a bigger-budgeted version of the "Goosebumps" seen on TV.
October 15, 2015
Goosebumps fulfills its purpose, and that's what matters.
October 15, 2015
Silly, spooky monster mash-up "Goosebumps" doesn't have to be as good as it is. Slyly smarter and more entertaining than it appears, adults might have just as much fun as the kids who will undoubtedly gobble up this Halloween treat.
October 15, 2015
This Goosebumps ride may be bumpy, but it works and it is worthwhile.
October 15, 2015
Goosebumps is chock full of fun moments whether they're all logical or not, and it's an adventure that should appeal to both young viewers new the series and older readers who devoured them as kids.
October 15, 2015
The production values are better suited for a television movie, and the music, by Danny Elfman, is distractingly intrusive.
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