Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Reviews

Page 1 of 3
December 6, 2019
Scary Stories struggles to get around to making whatever additional point it had, instead using a wealth of in-between scenes to justify its feature-length format.
November 12, 2019
Blame the high expectations, but this adaptation feels bland and vague. Trailers should never be better than the actual movie. In this case they were. [Full review in Spanish].
October 21, 2019
By couching all of the original shorts in the over-arching small-town kids' story, this adaptation short-shrifts the shorts. There's not enough of them here, and that makes them feel sketchy.
October 10, 2019
You'd have to be part of that treasured horror movie demographic who jumps with fright whenever somebody spills a box of popcorn to get much spook value out of this slice of sub-Stephen King schlock.
October 5, 2019
The content feels too meek and derivative of other shows and movies and doesn't justify the criticism of the books.
September 30, 2019
Is it, you know, scary, as the title foolishly promises? Well... no. Unless you're a tween who's never seen a horror movie before and, come on, who ever heard of such a thing?
September 25, 2019
...drab and listless spookshow.
September 6, 2019
... the film's greatest failing, which made this sugary confection leave a bad taste in my mouth, is that it utterly lacks the books' ill intentions.
August 29, 2019
The genre tropes are all alive and well and Scary Stories delivers them with élan but the dispiriting ending hangs over everything like a pall.
August 26, 2019
[T]he director André Øvredal reveals too much, and the ghoulish atmosphere just drains away.
August 26, 2019
An atmospheric world surrounds thoughtful but half-hearted horrors. As The Shape of Water also suggested, del Toro is sometimes too soft-hearted to equal the horror traditions he loves.
August 26, 2019
Beyond the monsters, the film doesn't have a whole to offer.
August 25, 2019
It looks great and the cast gives it their all, but Scary Stories is neither scary nor fun enough to be anything more than a passing, easily forgotten carnival of (mild) horrors.
August 25, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark gets so caught up in its plot that the scares end up feeling like an afterthought.
August 25, 2019
This uneven film can't decide who it's trying to scare.
August 25, 2019
...would've been better off had it been structured as a traditional horror anthology.
August 24, 2019
A slight fright night.
August 18, 2019
Should've gone the anthology route, or a route that doesn't deliberately rip off "It" and "Stranger Things."
August 16, 2019
Honestly, I would have preferred a Netflix mini-series.
August 16, 2019
Øvredal's sense of horror is neither notably stark nor significantly ornamental; it's nearly textureless, as if it had been squeezed from a tube.
Page 1 of 3