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The Haunted Mansion Reviews

December 8, 2003
[I]t's dreadful.
December 2, 2003
Rob Minkoff has directed a movie that's nearly laughless and nowhere near as frightening as what's happened to Eddie Murphy's career.
November 28, 2003
A pleasant and atmospheric family romp, offering enough mildly chilling thrills to keep everyone entertained during its brief running time.
November 28, 2003
More Disneyland ride than movie, short on plot and long on dazzling visuals for the kiddies.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 26, 2003
The point of Haunted Mansion is for audiences to sit back and enjoy the ride, which is easy to do thanks to an engaging story, the striking, Gothic-inspired set by Oscar-winner John Myhre and some delightful special effects.
November 26, 2003
It's perfectly palatable family fare for a long weekend when it's hard to find movies at the neighborhood 'plex that will please everyone.
November 26, 2003
Contempo Hollywood may be awash in brilliant technicians and craftspeople but it also needs good storytellers, who aren't to be found in The Haunted Mansion.
November 26, 2003
The movie's horror angle also reminds us of Vampire in Brooklyn, the last in a string of Murphy flops before The Nutty Professor saved his screen career in 1996. With this listless foray, Eddie is twice bitten.
Read More | Original Score: .5/4
November 26, 2003
The story is so flimsy, could it possibly have been ghostwritten by Goofy?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 26, 2003
The problem here isn't so much the pace as the too-predictable story and the general lack of energy; director Rob Minkoff can't seem to light a fire under his cast.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 26, 2003
Haunted Mansion won't be anybody's E-ticket ride, but it's an enjoyable movie for a very specific age range (children 8 to 12), and will be tolerable for almost everyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 26, 2003
The Haunted Mansion is disappointing in just about every way. Even the plot, which seems simple enough at first, turns out to be confusing when all is revealed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 26, 2003
Disney's latest cinematic spin-off of a theme park attraction is a vortex of boredom. The mansion itself looks great, but what happens inside is woefully uninspired.
November 26, 2003
The advertising slogan for The Haunted Mansion warns, 'Check your pulse at the door' -- pretty cheeky for a movie that flatlines for almost all of its 98 minutes.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
November 26, 2003
The PG rating is purportedly for 'frightening images,' but the only thing frightening is the bland performance Eddie Murphy phones in.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
November 26, 2003
Let's face it: This is a movie based on a ride, so, really, how much entertainment can you expect? But at least it is a better bargain than the ride it is shilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 26, 2003
Foolish indeed is the mortal family that shells out the copious price of admission for this gobbler.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 26, 2003
The Haunted Mansion is tame and witless enough to make me long for the ancient, dusty fright kitsch of The Munsters.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
November 26, 2003
The Haunted Mansion is likely the exact movie Disney wanted. Why they, or anyone else, would want it is another question.
Read More | Original Score: C-
November 26, 2003
That thing going bump in the night? It was my head hitting the armrest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 26, 2003
Neither a laugh riot nor a first-rate chiller.
Read More | Original Score: C
November 26, 2003
The Haunted Mansion is cheesy fun.
November 26, 2003
The Haunted Mansion won't much entertain older family members, but it might be fun for kids and seems headed for a long run on home video.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 26, 2003
This is a 99-minute commercial for a three-minute attraction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 26, 2003
A funereally paced downer.
November 26, 2003
The film equivalent of the dark, boring period on a haunted house ride before the gondola crashes into another room filled with dirty mirrors.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
November 26, 2003
An efficient, reasonably enjoyable factory product that should scare a 9-year-old just enough and be gone from his or her memory by dinnertime.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 26, 2003
Murphy is in grating, eager-to-please form.
November 25, 2003
Amusing time-killer.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 25, 2003
More creepy than scary, but it's lots of fun.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 25, 2003
The Haunted Mansion is one of the longest 90 minutes you'll ever encounter.
Full Review | Original Score: D
November 25, 2003
Vivid and unimaginative.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 25, 2003
Amusing but not side-splitting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 25, 2003
Director Rob Minkoff tries to strike a balance between funny and scary, but the movie never really generates screams of either kind.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 25, 2003
While the addition of four harmonizing statues infuses some humor in the script, there's little that outshines effects in the actual Disneyland house.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4