The resulting homage to Frankenstein in particular and horror movies in general is exquisite, macabre mayhem and a kind of reanimation all its own.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
While "Frankenweenie" is fun, it is not nearly strange or original enough to join the undead, monstrous ranks of the classics it adores.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
A beautifully crafted homage to classic horror films, a study of grief and a commentary on the mysteries of science and those who narrow-mindedly fear its advances.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Designed to appeal to both discriminating adults and older kids, the gorgeous, black-and-white stop-motion film is a fresh, clever and affectionate love letter to classic horror movies.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
"Frankenweenie" is a mere 87 minutes long, which turns out to be just the right length; there's not enough time for Burton to go off the rails as he does in so many of his films.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Tight and brief, hitting all the marks you'd expect from an animated kid's film, and enlivened by Burton's visual style. The man should make more small movies like this one.
Chris Packham - Village Voice
Burton's extraordinary powers of imagination are in dazzling bloom, from the gorgeous stop-motion animation to the goofy, homemade horror movies the children direct.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
I was nagged by the feeling that the main motivating force behind the film is to convey that its makers really, really, really love old-school horror movies.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
This isn't one of Burton's best, but it has zealous energy.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The monster-movie component of "Frankenweenie" stomps all over the appeal of the original 30-minute version.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Missing, however, are the authentic feelings of morbidity and alienation that once made Burton an interesting filmmaker.
Ben Sachs - Chicago Reader
Frankenweenie is the apotheosis of goth director Tim Burton's oeuvre: artistic yet sterile, incredibly meticulous and totally misbegotten.
David Hiltbrand - Philadelphia Inquirer
The story brims with self-parody, social satire, horror, nostalgia, wit and emotional insight, with Burton keeping all the plates spinning.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Frankenweenie" may just be a wacky horror cartoon, but it's an awfully good wacky horror cartoon. Frighteningly good, you might say.
Tom Long - Detroit News
It's all perfectly entertaining, but never really reaches the heights of hilarity, perhaps because everything about the plot is underdeveloped.
Kerry Lengel - Arizona Republic
This beautifully designed canine-resurrection saga feels, somewhat fittingly, stitched together from stray narrative parts, but nonetheless evinces a level of discipline and artistic coherence missing from the director's recent live-action efforts.
Justin Chang - Variety
The most Tim Burton-y of the director's films, and not just because it contains a vast catalog of references to his own movies - everything from "Edward Scissorhands'' to the underrated 1989 "Batman.''
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
High-concept and stylish, Frankenweenie is a playlist of films and characters from Burton's movie-loving childhood.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
It's the best thing with Burton's name on it in the past five years.
William Goss - Film.com
While not Burton's greatest accomplishment, it's his most definitive work in years.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
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