Frankenweenie (2012)

From creative genius Tim Burton comes Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life-with just… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 5, 2012
DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Frankenweenie is an energetic stop-motion horror movie spoof with lovingly crafted visuals and a heartfelt, oddball story.

Tom Charity

Tim Burton's most enjoyable movie in a long time.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

The stop-motion animation - a favorite tool of Burton's - is given loving attention, and the character design is full of terrific touches, such as the hulking flat-topped schoolmate who looks a bit like a certain man-made monster.

Jo Berry
The National (UAE)

[Frankenweenie] is a surprisingly heartwarming movie that is perhaps Burton's most touching film since Edward Scissorhands.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

Burton's best film since 1994's Ed Wood or even 1990's Edward Scissorhands.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

The best thing about an animated monster movie with this much heart is: It's alive. In the best possible way.

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Jodie Tyley

It's a corpse of an idea preserved in formaldehyde and brought back to life with a few stitches and bolts tacked on. Questions are raised about whether it's kinder to let a loved one go, but we're pretty glad this idea wasn't left to die.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

This is a Tim Burton film with something to say. And that's a rare and precious thing.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

This 3-D, black-and-white "family" comedy is the year's most inventive, endearing animated feature.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

... Frankenweenie beautifully merges the old with the new as it also celebrates filmmaking both literally and fictionally with its relatable protagonist.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Tim Burton is certainly not in a fruitful moment of his career, making one derivative movie after another such as this one, a stop motion animation that is… More
Julie B
So. This made me cry! Even if one knows this is about bringing a dog back to life, one might not think about how the dog might have gotten into that situation… More
Kevin M. Williams
Right before the ending sequence of this film there's a segment wherein a grade school science teacher is brought before the PTA and questioned about his… More
Mark Walker
Tim Burton has occasionally been involved in animated movies throughout his career, having served as producer on "The Nightmare Before Christmas",… More
Cynthia S.
I am not the biggest Tim Burton fan...and I thought that this was just ok. Nothing to brag about...
Chris Weber
In the mid- 80s, Tim Burton (while still working for Disney as an animator) created for them a live action made for TV short called Frankenweenie about a boy… More