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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Critic Ratings


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...

Bland kiddie movie

By jhs39
I found this monster themed kiddie movie to be fairly dull and uninspired. It isn't funny or scary and the story goes completely off the rails in the second half. Tim Burton fans will likely enjoy...


By Lil'Bit's Bumpa
Took our grandchild who is 7 to the movie. We all loved it. I love the use of the characters. Tim Burton took a classic horror film and made it FUN for everyone....

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...

Beautifully written story

By taiwanrepublic
Disney spent a lot of money advertising this movie. From the various trailers I thought I knew what the story was about. But I still laugh when the kids did crazy things with the science project. The...

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....

Loved it!

By shannie65
A couple parts that actually brought tears to my eyes because I have a dog and it touched my heart! But we really enjoyed the movie and would see it again! If you're not a fan of Tim Burton's work,...

Twisted Disney.

By socal_viewer
This is a really good movie. Fantastic animation, and a Disney-ized telling of Frankenstein. Try something different, take your kids and watch them enjoy a story with a lot more depth. It's truly...


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...

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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