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Frankenweenie: An IMAX 3D Experience Synopsis
A boy harnesses the power of science to bring his beloved dog back to life.

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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
It is pure, retro-cinematic joy.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie, a simple yet immensely pleasurable tale of a little boy and his undead dog, is good enough on its own. If you know the back...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Frankenweenie is a cool little flipbook of historical Burtonian style. It even brings back old friends, including "Beetlejuice's" Winona...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Getting creeped out has never seemed this totally cool.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Frankenweenie is a love story between a boy and his dog. It is also a beautifully crafted homage to classic horror films, a study of grief...
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It's probably too early to peg Frankenweenie as Burton's comeback vehicle, but it's certainly the director's best movie in twenty years.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Burton's extraordinary powers of imagination are in dazzling bloom, from the gorgeous stop-motion animation to the goofy, homemade horror...
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The picture is frustrating not because it's bad, but because of how almost-good it is.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
It's not so much a miscalculation of his audience by Burton as it is a disregard. What lingers after Frankenweenie, far more than its...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
It is nonetheless imaginative in a highly familiar and ultimately tedious way.
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By realrocker
What a blazing disappointment. Short movie, very short on laughs.. I felt like I saw 75% of the movie in the previews. Hotel Transylvania was 1000 times funnier, more clever, and just plain...

Old school tim burton!

By MoviefanLucas
This movie shows that tim burton still has it and hasn't completely left us. This movie is scary and depressing so kids might not be to fond of it but enjoyed Frankenweenie the style of the movie is...

Tim Burton rocked it one more time

By kso721
Frankenweenie was absolutely DOPE! Visual textures and stylings were breathtaking. Even almost got teary eyed a few times.... Soft spot for dogs i guess. Tim Burton killed it one more time. So...

Good Fun

By msalebeard
Not one of Burton's best, but still a fun movie to see with the family. Although it might be too scary for kids under 7, my 8 and 11 year old had a good time....


By jakalaki
SO excited to see any Tim Burton flick--long-time fan. Originally a short animated film--Tim Burton's first creation for Disney when he was an intern, so I was excited to see what he did to stretch...

Good Movie, what you'd expect from Burton

By todjones
Took my 9yo daughter to see it in IMAX quality. Movie is a fun show, with a dark undertone. Again, typical of Burton. My 9yo kept saying Gross, but laughed throughout. Good show. Don't waste...

Great family movie!

By trotskymechanics
Fun for everyone! For adults keeping track of old movie references per minute is a fun challenge. Young kids will like the pace and style of the movie -- even thought it is a B&W format! The IMAX...

Great Funny Flick

By Hydro99
I actually went to see this thinking it was another movie but realized quickly that this was a wonderful misunderstanding. This movie has great writing, very interesting characters, and a lot of...

Kind of a weird kids movie!

By 304Gadgetman
My nephew, who is 6, fell asleep in this movie. It was late of course, but if a movie captures his attention, like Spiderman 3, he stays awake. I thought some of the parts of the movie were a bit...

Halloween Treat

By LittleLoves
Excellent movie in IMAX and 3D. Very good story with very interesting characters. My family loved the movie....

More Info

Rated PG | For Thematic Elements, Scary Images and Action
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 9+ Burton's creepy young Frankenstein is perfect for tweens.
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