(2012)

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83
Depp's performance is more than just funny - it's ghoulishly endearing.
75
There are times, not too many, when the movie drags. But when you consider all the pitfalls avoided, and all the laughs and pleasures it provides along the way, Dark Shadows is a satisfying and skillful effort.
75
Pinpointing the era - lovingly - is very much what Dark Shadows' has on its mind. While there's a tangle of romance and vengeance and all sorts of family matters to deal with, Burton's film is really about hippies in bell-bottoms, stoned out in their VW micro-buses.
75
Tim Burton has got his groove back.
63
The pleasures of Dark Shadows are frustratingly hit-and-miss. In the end, it all collapses into a spectacularly gorgeous heap.
63
At its best in comic mode, more effective as goofy spoof than horror show.
60
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.
55
Parts of Dark Shadows look lovely. So what happened to the story?
50
This film has much more to do with what goes on inside director Tim Burton's head than with any TV show, no matter how beloved. In fact, Dark Shadows is as good an example as any of what might be called the Way of Tim, a style of making films that, like the drinking of blood, is very much an acquired taste and, unless you're a vampire, not worth the effort.
50
Dark Shadows sinks its teeth half-way into its potentially meaty material but hesitates to go all the way.
40
Amusing, in fits and spurts, and sure to make tons of money, but terribly familiar and fatigued.
40
It's stately with a smirk, crossing Bram Stoker with "The Addams Family" to arrive at what sometimes feels like a wildly overproduced "Saturday Night Live" sketch.

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