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October 7, 2016
Another example of Tim Burton being great at creating a world but not that good at telling a story.
½ October 4, 2016
tim burton strikes again.. a magic done from tim burton.
Super Reviewer
½ September 25, 2016
Sleepy Hollow manages to impressively balance out a brutally graphic premise with an interesting mystery and decidedly timely humor. It's easily one of Tim Burton's most entertaining adventures to date.

Period pieces are ripe for great horror flicks. To me, the creepiest film of 2016 has been The Witch, and that's large part due to the eerie 17th century setting on a secluded farm. Sleepy Hollow is a much more habited town, but the same eerie tone is set brilliantly by cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki. I love the way he and Burton used the town itself as a character which is a part of the mystery.

Speaking of the mystery, It's nice to see Burton tackle a mystery, which I believe is the only time he's ever ventured into that genre. And he handles it well for the most part. A good portion of the film focuses on why exactly a headless horseman is taking out certain members of the Sleepy Hollow community, with Johnny Depp's Ichabod Crane at the center of the investigation. Crane, in typical Burton fashion, is a bit of an eccentric and unpredictable twist to his detective style. But the real issue with some of the mystery is that the third act reveals come at a rapid pace and the story gets a little convoluted.

With that said, once we get caught up as an audience, Burton gives us a juicy climatic showdown with the infamous horseman, and it doesn't disappoint. He's done a few horror films, but Sleepy Hollow ranks up there with some of his best overall features. It has his distinguished tone and style with plenty of colorful kills by one of the great horror villains of all time, the headless horseman. An awkward romance and a somewhat convoluted third act prevent it from being flawless, but it's more than just your average horror entertainment.


+Burton hits all the right beats

+Amazing climax


-Iffy romance

-Somewhat confusing reveals

August 26, 2016
It only superficially resembles its source material, but Sleepy Hollow puts the combined efforts of Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, and Danny Elfman to appropriately creepy use.
August 16, 2016
One of my all time favioute horror films
August 11, 2016
One our favorite Halloween movies! This, Ghistbusters and Abbott & Costello Mmet Frankenstein...classics!
July 21, 2016
A brilliant Burton movie which encapsulates all his quirkiness in a rich and funny Gothic Hammer homage and actually uses its bloodiness to its advantage in a range of awesome scenarios.
July 19, 2016
Tim Burton would seem like the perfect person to direct an adaption of Washington Irving's "the Legend of Sleepy Hollow". He gets much of the visuals right, but Mr. Burton has often times delivered on the look of his films. He tends to blow it on the story. Her he massacres the classic tale, completely changing the plot and stripping away the meanings behind the original tale. Shame on him! Not only is the result disappointing, but it is also maddening.
July 11, 2016
It was pretty cool. I enjoyed it.
½ July 11, 2016
Found the first half quite entertaining but it didn't hold my attention throughout.
Mark H.
Super Reviewer
June 26, 2016
Excellent atmospheric thriller is both fun and funny while being fairly frightening in some spots. Mostly it's about the set decoration which consists of the entire town of Sleepy Hollow, built from the ground up to meet Director Tim Burton's vision of what Sleepy Hollow should look like. The acting is fine, if a bit silly at times, but this is actually a lighter mystery than conventional horror or gothic ghost story. Depp is fun as Crane, although Ricci is a bit miscast as the object of his affection. And honestly, Burton could have made better use of Christopher Walken, who is reduced to a fairly inconsequential role. We rarely see him, except in very brief glimpses of head-chopping and off he goes on his dark pony. I enjoy this movie a great deal, if mostly for the near-perfect set decoration, atmosphere and mood. Lots of nice images of spooky jack-o-laterns, misty fields and wet marshlands. It's alot of fun but seems to go on a bit too long and overstay its welcome. 15-20 minutes leaner might have been a wise move. But, overall it's a lesser effort from Burton but still one of his best and most enjoyable if you don't pick apart some liberties he took with the story. Nice annual tradition to watch around Halloween.
½ April 23, 2016
Sleepy Hollow is a solid, but disappointing movie. It has such a strong visual flair with a great imagery and good atmosphere, the tone is fine and its story is pretty good with some interesting details, but its acting is quite bland, the characters are mostly boring and should have been much better realized and it doesn't really work as a horror film because it makes the fatal mistake of showing the Horseman for way too long, thus effectively removing the suspense.
½ March 23, 2016
great movie . Johnny was very good in it. the actress not at the top.. but globaly it is well done.. and what a decoration what an ambiance! "chapeau"
March 8, 2016
This is perhaps one of Tim Burton's more visually impressive films, but, like every film he puts out, it lacks an impressive story to work alongside it. Based on the famous Washington Irving short story, Sleepy Hollow has all the facets of a compelling horror mystery story, but the storytelling itself is muddled and fails to be truly engaging in the way that it could, and should, be. The acting here is pretty good, however. This is one of Johnny Depp's better, and more subdued, collaborations with Burton, and he makes for a charming lead amidst the bland narrative. Christina Ricci is also engaging, and works as a strong supporting character to Depp's Ichabod Crane. The rest of the cast is serviceable too. The $100 million price tag of this film is very evident, with beautiful production design and costumes that add to the late 18th century setting. The film is also beautifully shot by the always reliable Emmanuel Lubezki; Lubezki's haunting imagery definitely adds an extra layer of creepiness to the town of Sleepy Hollow. These production values allow Sleepy Hollow to be creepy and frightening at times, but the script just isn't consistent enough to make it a truly worthwhile horror mystery film, which is ultimately rather disappointing.
February 27, 2016
For once, Tim Burton manages to make a movie that isn't entirely made of candies and sugarsticks, and manages to blend horror with whodunit elements, nice visuals and great acting in the movie that might be his only true and authentic gothic effort.
February 23, 2016
Imressive,visually stunning horror film with few scares.
February 20, 2016
What starts off as a detective story with potential becomes a scare-free horror. There's still enjoyment to be had, especially in the supporting cast and the fantasy elements, which seem more real for being grounded in the first half, something Burton often fails to do.
February 13, 2016
I love this film. Art direction, cinematography, adaption from the Washington Irving's story, music...Burton, Elfman, and Depp do it again. And it is fantastic.

This is the first movie that made me really pay attention to Emmanuel Lubezski. What a talent! He practically paints a masterpiece with every frame! It's gorgeous!

Seriously, this film is an American classic and probably the single greatest film to watch on Haloween.
February 6, 2016
Sleepy Hollow is one of my favorite horror movies, with a good mystery, good visuals, and a scary atmosphere surrounding the mystery. There is so much that I love about the movie, but it does have plenty of issues. Tim Burton is a great director and has made another one of his crazy and visually stunning movies.
½ January 23, 2016
Good stuff! Tim Burton does it again, a rehashing of a classic horror mystery right at the end of the decade. Danny Elfman nails the haunting score that we have come to know and love in Tim Burton films. Johnny Depp jumps into the seat of the detective Ichabob Crane and unlike the cowardly one from the Disney film, this one is locked and loaded and feels fairly confident but a troll. A bit awkward, a bit crazy, our hero has a dark backstory. The plot is pretty good. Somewhat predictable at times, but not at all overall.
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