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Sleepy Hollow Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
There are lots of slasher movies better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 4, 2010
It is a horror film, but it's a Tim Burton horror film. Make no mistake about that.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ted Murphy
February 18, 2009
Burton piles on the artistic gore for this rendition. He just forgets to add the terror.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
October 21, 2007
The quirks of this Sleepy Hollow prevent it from ever being truly scary, but what they do make it is a quintessentially Burton film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
A film which looks great but, in the end, is not the sum of its body parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
For about an hour it's a fine, ghoulish carnival sideshow, and that has its charms, but there's a thin desperation about the climax.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
[Burton's] vision of the ominous woods, the shadowy town, and its pale inhabitants give the film texture and bring it to life.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
This updated story is a real showcase for Johnny Depp, whose collaborations with Tim Burton represent some of the actor's best work.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
Sleepy Hollow is, above all, beautiful to look at. Instead of using effects to make things look real, Burton makes everything look like a painting.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Burton, for all his skill, never ranges beyond the thrills of the obvious; he doesn't enlarge the meaning of the horror he shows us, the way a Brian De Palma might.
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
June 1, 2004
Burton's visual sensibilties are always breathtaking.
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 15, 2003
often feels akin to the Hammer horror movies made in England during the 1950s and 1960s, the spooky/gory spectacles that broke new ground in presenting on-screen violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
The Burton trademark special effects are typically fun, but the late release and lackluster performances make Sleepy Hollow feel exactly like its title: sleepy and hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
January 29, 2003
Gorgeous to watch, but lacking in a sound emotional core.
| Original Score: 3/4
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
Sleepy Hollow is the great, gory family film of the year. Heads will indeed roll.
Andrew O'Hehir
Sight and Sound
December 2, 2002
No longer a prodigy at age 41, Tim Burton has now become a problem; I still find myself watching his movies with bemused tolerance, thinking surely he'll be a great director when he grows up.
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
A spooky gothic horror tale with first-rate production design.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Even though Sleepy Hollow takes hair-raising liberties with the great Washington Irving story on which it is based, it is nonetheless a ripping good ghost story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
It's really too bad the script stinks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Sleepy Hollow has an aesthetic that seems based on album covers. It doesn't feel like the work of an artist in any way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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