Dark Shadows Reviews

  • Dark Shadows, a kinky love triangle, is true, in its fashion, to the spirit of the old soap opera. Yet its real love affair is between Johnny Depp and the audience who's still hooked on seeing him get his freak on.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • "Dark Shadows" isn't among Mr. Burton's most richly realized works, but it's very enjoyable, visually sumptuous and, despite its lugubrious source material and a sporadic tremor of violence, surprisingly effervescent.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Burton's offbeat montages are amusing, but the story's slow start and overblown conclusion make Dark Shadows half a good movie.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • At once a brash, strutting pop culture pastiche and gloomy exercise in self-cannibalizing nostalgia, "Dark Shadows" is depressing on myriad levels.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Tim Burton has got his groove back.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Less a resurrection than a clumsy desecration.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • Whether it works is a matter of taste, but the fact that Burton's revisit unearths enough fun while feeling like four films in one is testament to the source's seductive bloodline.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • "Dark Shadows" is amusing, in fits and spurts, and sure to make tons of money, but terribly familiar and fatigued.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • The film's biggest disappointment is the utter lack of chemistry between Depp and either Green or Heathcote.

    Joy Tipping — Dallas Morning News

  • Mostly Dark Shadows is silly when we're trained to expect slightly richer fun from Burton and Depp.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • In a time when even the most accomplished genre movies have the fingerprints of focus group-happy execs all over them, the relatively unmitigated quirk of Dark Shadows is worth celebrating.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • This is not so much a coherent movie as it is a long, expensive joke in search of a purpose.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • It offers wonderful things, but they aren't what's important. It's as if Burton directed at arm's length, unwilling to find juice in the story.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Dark Shadows" illustrates the fine line in a pop reboot between "relaxed" and "lazy."

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Tim Burton is like a billionaire fanboy who buys Bela Lugosi's Dracula cape: he has a perfect right to it, but that doesn't mean it looks good on him.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • A nutty romp that's as much about celebrating a significant blip in the pop-cult continuum as it is a tale of bloodsucking, of grudge-holding, and the stress involved in maintaining a 200-room, two-century-old house.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • "Dark Shadows" opens promisingly, downshifts after 30 minutes, and sputters into a meandering, momentum-free mess.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • How bad is "Dark Shadows"? It makes you long for a "Twilight" movie. That's bad.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • All dressed up and no place to go.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Few director-star partnerships are as consistently eccentric or malleable as that of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, but even loyalists will detect an odor of mothballs clinging to their eighth bigscreen collaboration.

    Justin Chang — Variety

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