Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Reviews

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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.
August 12, 2019
Impressively gruesome and thematically rich, drawing on political allegory that goes far beyond the simple spooks and scares of the stories themselves.
August 9, 2019
If there ever was a case of a film adaptation improving on the original source material, this is it.
August 9, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a sort of welcome throwback, a horror movie cleverly designed to be more spooky than truly grisly.
August 9, 2019
An effective answer to the question of what to do with the kids who have aged out of trick-or-treating but still want to do something fun.
August 9, 2019
Alvin Schwartz' popular series of children's horror books comes to life in "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," a fun, lively adaptation that pays due homage to the original and manages to keenly balance laughs and scares.
August 9, 2019
While it doesn't break any new ground, there is plenty of vintage fun to be had with kids who feel their way through life's impending fears and live to tell the tale.
Top Critic
August 9, 2019
Whenever Scary Stories is prioritizing the scary stories, it becomes a lively bit of supernatural-slasher hokum.
August 8, 2019
If you're not in the mood for messages or social commentary, however, "Scary Stories" is still fertile enough with its accessible gross-outs and giggle shocks to serviceably add to a legacy of kid-centric mainstream mayhem Del Toro clearly loves.
August 8, 2019
There's a sincere fondness for the power of imagination, one that makes the film more than a nostalgia-delivery device. If only it were scarier.
Top Critic
August 8, 2019
Above all, the film celebrates storytelling as both a healing and a harming force, a way for us to put a face on something as unknowable as death.
August 8, 2019
The film finally gets into gear around the midpoint and zooms to a satisfying finish.
August 8, 2019
"Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," like the books, only needs to be so deep to cast a spell. Even if some stories are still best told by fireside.
August 8, 2019
Blessed with some firm hands on the terror tiller and a winning cast, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a handsome, and deliciously horrible, horror movie.
August 8, 2019
There is absolutely nothing original in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which just goes to show that you don't need originality to be effective.
August 8, 2019
It is what it says it is, and nothing more.
August 8, 2019
Here is an R-rated concept that's been watered down until it passed for a PG-13 movie; it's plenty harrowing and full of gruesome effects, but it never feels dangerous.
August 8, 2019
The movie's good even when it goes in too many directions at once, because it gets the kids right.
August 8, 2019
Terrifyingly mediocre.
August 8, 2019
The emotions of the stories have been lost. We could be watching the standard ghoulish CGI effects that take place in any horror movie of the week.
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