Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Synopsis
A child unwittingly unleashes malevolent creatures in the old mansion her family is renovating.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
If you flinch at "boo," you'll find plenty to jump at here. Just don't expect striking originality, or even genuinely memorable eeriness....
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55

NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
Eventually, too little is left to the imagination to do what it does best: fill in the gaps with visions far more frightening than anything...
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
With Del Toro's name in the credits, standard chills aren't enough. We want imagination to run riot.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
All of this amounts to so much stylish nostalgia - not half as repulsive as the splatterific torture porn currently dominating the horror...
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50

Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
Mr. Nixey is doing an Alfred Hitchcock homage within a movie lacking anything as subversive, or skilled, as Hitchcock.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Joltingly graphic and atmospheric (Nixey and his crew at least know how to set up a few good shocks), Don't Be Afraid of the Dark fails to...
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This insipid wannabe frightener features a checklist of derivative conventions.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The result is a scary movie that is genuinely scary in parts, although an adult can't help noticing this is set in the very worn and...
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Neither colorfully brutal nor especially fun. It's a plodding, derivative gothic potboiler: "The Shining" meets "Coraline," with a touch of...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
While there are moments of eldritch atmosphere and a few pro forma jolts, nothing here justifies our attention, let alone the film's...
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I am afraid of the dark ;)

By Muvie Reviewer
I saw the original in 73' when I had no business watching this movie as a 4yo. Yep, the original scared the crap out of me and gave me nightmares for many years. It made my bathroom trips in the...

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark review

By SuzannaR
For fans of the original movie this is a must go! Although its not exactly faithful to the original story, the changes Del Toro made enhance the movie to be even better than the ioriginal . Goid old...

Should be called Don't Watch This Movie

By pibblegrl
Good concept. Bad follow through. I was really disappointed with Guillermo Del Toro on this one, he could have done so much more with this movie. I am a huge fan of his and he just did not deliver...

Don't be afraid of the dark

By kaauwaikupukaa
It's was a not bad movie. There was some really fricky parts that just jump out and scare the the crap out of you. I don't recommend bringing kids under 10 or under 12 yrs.old. too scary....

Heard audience members call it dumb

By rockydoggies
I went to watch it with a rowdy Saturday night audience, my mistake. The movie starts out with a very disturbing scene, not scary, just sick & disturbing...I only want to be scared. The middle...

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark review

By bluestarlit
So I went to see Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark and I was not disappointed. I don't feel it was scary but then again I have never been scared at a movie. It was very well written and very suspenseful. I...

horrible

By Thrill_Seeker_2010
cheesy, and katie holmes acting is laughable....

no

By RapidMysticman
This movie was bad, dont waste your money. Its not for kids,the acting was awful....

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.

By SeanCriticReviews
A really good movie! In my opinion, better than Insidious, cause it's a del Toro film (:!...

DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK

By STACIEBENTON
iT WASN'T ALL THAT I EXPECTED, BUT STILL GOOD....

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Rated R | For violence and terror
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Scary remake features some gore and a young girl in danger.
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