Dark Shadows
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Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet-or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

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"The only reason to see Dark Shadows is to discover how dire and pointless-how flat-out dreadful-a movie can be even when it has Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Helena Bonham Carter attached to its flimsy pretext."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"Fans of Depp's past collusions with Burton will find their rewards along the way. But there's a perfunctory vibe to the goings on, a weariness amid the weirdness."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"Johnny Depp once again takes a role where he allows the make up and prosthetics to do the acting for him..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Burton really needed to lean his horror-comedy more toward horror. Instead, it's reminiscent at times of Love at First Bite and the feature film remakes of The Addams Family and The Brady Bunch."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Made for an audience of no one, Dark Shadows is a mess of campy horror, "fish out of coffin" comedy, and gothic melodrama."
‑ Brian Holcomb, CinemaBlend.com
"This is not so much a coherent movie as it is a long, expensive joke in search of a purpose."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Clearly, they made the movie they wanted to make. It's just not the movie this "Dark Shadows" fan hoped to see."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The nadir of Burton's career and is likely going to be his biggest flop, a film that's not a comedy, not a drama, not a horror film, and not a fantasy."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"It turns into a bit of a mess towards the finish line, but at least it's a fun mess, and if you're looking to Tim Burton for narrative tidiness you must be thinking of another Tim Burton."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Not a colossal failure but an indicator that Burton and Depp could stand to step outside their collective me + you = cinematic magic mindsets."
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"Mostly Dark Shadows is silly when we're trained to expect slightly richer fun from Burton and Depp."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Dark Shadows' only meaningful relationship is between Depp and his audience. He's a persona now, no longer an actor."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"There's more than enough here for us older folks - and some younger ones, too - to have us exclaiming, Fangs for the memories."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Dark Shadows should have been a return-to-form for director Tim Burton, but with a bloated budget and way too much room to play, Burton delivers yet another wasted effort."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"...following Graeme-Smith's lead, Burton has made, quite possibly, the worst film of his 30-year career."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
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