Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Reviews

October 23, 2018
This lacklustre sequel to the 2015 hit Goosebumps hardly has enough jokes to qualify as a comedy, which leaves it stranded in the netherworld of near-horror, aimed at children supposedly not yet ready for the real thing.
October 19, 2018
It's pointless and bland. Like a bargain-basement Jumanji. The Z-list cast struggle.
October 18, 2018
Goosebumps 2 is a lively and colourful ghost train ride, with some well-judged scares that would have been at home in its 1980s Amblin forerunners, such as The Goonies and Young Sherlock Holmes.
October 17, 2018
Yielding fewer jolts and giggles than its predecessor, the results play more like functionally programmed babysitting software than any work of the imagination.
October 15, 2018
This is a kid-friendly monster mash, but it's truly no graveyard smash.
October 12, 2018
The cinematic equivalent of a fun-size candy bar.
October 12, 2018
The safely scary and often amusing formula holds.
October 12, 2018
"Goosebumps 2" is a slapdash sequel to the 2015 hit, picking up with a new group of kids but carrying over the same sense of Halloween fun and mischief as the original.
October 11, 2018
It replicates the template and the atmosphere of the original, but it lacks invention and emotional investment.
October 11, 2018
A movie to leave playing in the background of a child's birthday party.
October 11, 2018
The cinematic equivalent of an Ikea dresser put together in a rush. It's slightly askew, and there's a gap between drawers, but it'll still hold your T-shirts.
October 11, 2018
Go with modest expectations and a kid who can't wait to see the film and you'll have a pretty good time.
October 10, 2018
Stine's books became a publishing phenomenon by offering scary-story tropes to readers who weren't ready to be scared. Following in their footsteps with less success, Haunted Halloween seems to be aimed at audiences who don't want to be engaged.
October 10, 2018
The script is more contrived than ever, the characters are largely underwritten, and the monsters look cheap and get very little to do.
October 10, 2018
Sandel's sequel adheres so closely to the first film's story arc - a bunch of monsters dreamed up by author R.L. Stine come to life and terrorize a small town and some plucky kids - that it removes the possibility of any surprises.
October 10, 2018
"Goosebumps 2" isn't a movie, exactly - it's a piñata of effects posing as a movie. By the end, there's nothing to do but sweep up the pieces.
October 10, 2018
It should please younger fans of the books who will have no problem with its rudimentary storyline all too repetitive of the original. But it does feel like a missed opportunity to elevate the valuable franchise to bigger and more imaginative heights.