Sleepy Hollow
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Washington Irving's tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman gets a few new twists in a screen adaptation directed by Tim Burton. In this version, Ichabod (Johnny Depp) is a New York City detective whose unorthodox techniques and penchant for gadgets make him unpopular with is colleagues. He is sent to the remote town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of bizarre murders, in which a number of people have been found dead in the woods, with their heads cut off. Local legend has it that a Hessian ghost rides through the woods on horseback, lopping off the heads of the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"For about an hour it's a fine, ghoulish carnival sideshow, and that has its charms, but there's a thin desperation about the climax."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Even when the narrative stalls from too many detours and decapitations, Sleepy Hollow is gorgeous filmmaking that brims over with fun-house thrills and ravishing romance."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"There are lots of slasher movies better than this."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The quirks of this Sleepy Hollow prevent it from ever being truly scary, but what they do make it is a quintessentially Burton film."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"This updated story is a real showcase for Johnny Depp, whose collaborations with Tim Burton represent some of the actor's best work."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Burton, for all his skill, never ranges beyond the thrills of the obvious; he doesn't enlarge the meaning of the horror he shows us, the way a Brian De Palma might."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Sleepy looks good, but acting is headless."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"It is a horror film, but it's a Tim Burton horror film. Make no mistake about that."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A film which looks great but, in the end, is not the sum of its body parts."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Sleepy Hollow is, above all, beautiful to look at. Instead of using effects to make things look real, Burton makes everything look like a painting."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Sleepy Hollow has an aesthetic that seems based on album covers. It doesn't feel like the work of an artist in any way."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Sleepy Hollow is visually sumptuous and playfully creepy."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"Burton piles on the artistic gore for this rendition. He just forgets to add the terror."
‑ Ted Murphy,
"[Burton's] vision of the ominous woods, the shadowy town, and its pale inhabitants give the film texture and bring it to life."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Burton's visual sensibilties are always breathtaking."
‑ Gabriel Shanks, Mixed Reviews
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