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Dark Shadows 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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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Tim Burton has got his groove back.
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75

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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75

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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63

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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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
At its best in comic mode, more effective as goofy spoof than horror show.
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60

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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50

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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40

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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40

NPR

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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3 generations loved it!

By wmorris3434
Grandma, son and grandson all really enjoyed this movie! Tongue-in-cheek funny, good storyline, not too dark like most Tim Burton movies tend to be, and great cast and just a fun time overall!...

Dark Shadows

By Gotoell4pop
5 of us attended the movie together last night, and we all loved it! Depp and Burton haven't lost their touch one bit! Bravo ! I intend to go see this one again. Acting was superb, the...

Dark Shadows is a cutsie remake

By johnstonsally1960
Every Dark Shadows Fan will wanna go see this film, just because. The best scenes are in the beginning while they are telling the back story, but that was true with the original series too... Depp...

Johnny Depp Does it Again!

By shari13903
Dark Shadows is a dramatic comedy that holds the audience's attention throughout the entire movie. Johnny Depp is masterful in portraying both the emotional angst of his character and the comedic...

Burton and Depp Channel "Edward Scissorhands" 22 Years Later.

By Alon Patterson
This one definitely ranks up there with Burton's best. Call it "Edward Scissorhands" for a new generation. Who'd have imagined anyone could breathe new life (or death) into that old "Dark Shadows"...

It can't decide what it is and misses the mark anyway...

By Nittany Fan
Let me start by saying I love most everything Johnny Depp does but in this case it was a swing and a miss. It's not quite funny enough to be funny, not quite scary enough to be scary, not quite campy...

I "Liked" It!

By elfinalia
I found Johnny Depp as Barnabas to be absolutely delightful. Why? Because he played the role with dignity just like Jonathan Frid did. I "LOVED" the tv serial. It was played with Camp, at times so...

Not worth seeing!

By Idelarocha
This movie has its stupid funny jokes moment but aside from that its not worth seeing. Johnny Depp is known for his uniqueness but this movie didn't do him any justice. Litte Vampire is better...

Awesome movie!

By Savedangel61
I thought Johnny Depp did an really good job. Scriptwas funny and yet at the close to end I found it to close without a good result. But over all I thought really a funny andgood movie to see!...

Dark Shadows

By mary57
This movie was a bit of a disappointment. Johnny Depp gives another great performance but the movie drags a bit and all the very best parts were seen in the trailers. The daughter turned werewolf...

More Info

Rated PG-13 | For Language, Comic Horror Violence, Sexual Content, Smoking and Some Drug Use
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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