Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows (2012)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 11, 2012
DVD Release Date: October 2, 2012
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Critic Score: 37% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The visuals are top notch but Tim Burton never finds a consistent rhythm, mixing campy jokes and gothic spookiness with less success than other Johnny Depp collaborations.

David Thomson
The New Republic

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.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

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.

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Sarah Marrs

The problems come largely from the script, which is bereft of character development and the humor is caught somewhere between too broad for camp and too weird for mainstream appeal.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

This is not so much a coherent movie as it is a long, expensive joke in search of a purpose.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Clearly, they made the movie they wanted to make. It's just not the movie this "Dark Shadows" fan hoped to see.

Yasmin Shehab

With a cast this stellar and Tim Burton directing, you'd be forgiven for expecting something far more cohesive than this.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Mostly Dark Shadows is silly when we're trained to expect slightly richer fun from Burton and Depp.

Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

Dark Shadows' only meaningful relationship is between Depp and his audience. He's a persona now, no longer an actor.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

Certainly I wish I had had as much fun as the participants seemed to be having but in the end, and a spectacular special effects end it is, the film was as wispy as some of the ghosts that flew by.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
My attempt at watching this movie was shorted lived. A white flag begging for surrender made an appearance half way through this terrible movie!
Chris Weber
Barnabas Collins is a rich and powerful 18th Century aristocrat who rules over the manor and town named after him and his family. It's a good life, until… More
familiar stranger
May work well for kids, I suppose. The execution is terrible; a handful of one-liners can't hold a film together. There are a few emotional scenes, but… More
MisterYoda ?
three stars
Michael S
"Dark Shadows" is not top shelf Burton. It's a tad slow and overlong; and far from the director's most memorable efforts... but it's… More
"It's silly and not very interesting. If your going to make a silly film then make it funny. Obviously this film didn't get the memo. I… More