Dark Shadows: The IMAX Experience Synopsis
Vampire Barnabas Collins escapes from his tomb after 200 years and returns to his family estate.

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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Depp's performance is more than just funny - it's ghoulishly endearing.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Tim Burton has got his groove back.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The pleasures of Dark Shadows are frustratingly hit-and-miss. In the end, it all collapses into a spectacularly gorgeous heap.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
At its best in comic mode, more effective as goofy spoof than horror show.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Dark Shadows sinks its teeth half-way into its potentially meaty material but hesitates to go all the way.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Amusing, in fits and spurts, and sure to make tons of money, but terribly familiar and fatigued.
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By Bob Mondello
It's stately with a smirk, crossing Bram Stoker with "The Addams Family" to arrive at what sometimes feels like a wildly overproduced...
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Dark Shadows is a "don't bother"

By murraydudette
The production values are impressive, the references to the original show are intriguing to find, and who wouldn't enjoy a trip through time back to cringe-worthy1972 hairdos and fashions? that...

Same Tim Burton Formula-

By superbucky
From the beginning of this movie, I couldn't tell if this was Sweeny Todd or Alice in Wonderland but it WASN'T either! Its a new movie from Tim Burton! Same cast, same special effects, same script. I...


By LBDirector/Actor
Dark Shadows was my favorite show when I was a child. I was excited that the series was getting a re-boot with the help of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton. I was thrilled at the result. The film is...


By Thomas Murray Jr
I went in expecting much more than what was delivered. The beginning of the movie was great and it told the story very well, indeed. As the movie progressed, it slowly dwindled downward to a...

Loved this movie

By CaroleA
If you were a fan of the orignial series you will love the beginning and th ending for sure. And there were so many references to the series throughout the movie. Yes they did change some things...

Huh? Who are we supposed to care about?

By mee_mee
I like Tim Burton as a director and I love Johnny Depp as an actor. But I did not really think the script worked. Who are we supposed to care about? The protagonist is an unapologetic killer....

A Four-and-a-Half Stars!!! A Must GO and See Movie

By Ding-Dong Graham Bell
I wasn't expecting anything outrageous about the movie, but boy - it took my whole attention once the movie started - from the beginning to the end. I really enjoyed watching it (not that I have not...


By FanBip
Fun - Depp and Burton again entertained me. Great? No, but plenty of laughs and a good summer movie. Except for character names, there is almost no relationship to the old soap opera. Glad I went. ...

Lost in the camp - substance needed

By SGermain
Seemed like such a good idea - world class actors doing an update of beloved cult classic Dark Shadows. Tim Burton (once again) gets lost in camp and visuals and leaves us without a meaningful story...

story...what story?

By momdoc60
Believe it or not, I never saw the original. I love Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Beyond that, there is no reason to see the movie. Effects okay. Set great. But any semblance of story or...

More Info

Rated PG-13 | For Smoking, Some Drug Use, Sexual Content, Language and Comic Horror Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 13 & under Mixed-up Depp/Burton vampire comedy has blood, innuendo.
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