Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
  • PG-13
  • 1h 53m
  • 2012
Rotten36%
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Continuing their creative and commercially incandescent partnership (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sleepy Hollow, Edward Scissorhands), superstar Johnny Depp and macabre movie master Tim Burton reunite yet again in this silver screen adaptation of the cult classic supernatural soap opera that follows the life and loves of New England vampire Barnabas Collins. Also starring Michelle Pfeiffer (Batman Returns), Eva Green (Camelot), Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter) and Australian newcomer Bella Heathcote as a young woman who finds herself inexplicably entwined in the vampire's fated love story two centuries earlier, DARK SHADOWS brings to light Depp's vampire from 1752 into the lava lamped vamp camp of 1972!

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten36%
Critics 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.
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The New Republic
David Thomson
Rotten

The only reason to see Dark Shadows is to discover how dire and pointless-how flat-out dreadful-a...

June 22, 2017
New Yorker
Anthony Lane
Rotten

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

June 22, 2017
Denver Post
Lisa Kennedy
Fresh

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

November 4, 2018
Newark Star-Ledger
Stephen Whitty
Rotten

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

November 4, 2018
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Mixed-up Depp/Burton vampire comedy has blood, innuendo.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dark Shadows is Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's big-screen adaptation of the cult '60s TV vampire soap opera, with a generous helping of silliness added. There's plenty of vampire violence and blood, though the blood is deliberately fake-looking, and the killings largely take place off screen. A flashback sequence involves a young girl's parents shipping her off to an asylum, where she's locked in a cell and receives electroshock therapy. While there's no nudity, there's lots of sexual innuendo and passionate kissing -- and a 15-year-old girl is disturbingly sexualized, often posing, dancing, or speaking in sexy ways. Language includes several uses of words like "s--t," "bitch," and "bastard"; the main character smokes pot in one scene, and supporting characters are shown drinking to excess. This isn't swoon-worthy vampire cinema a la Twilight, but Burton and Depp fans should enjoy the duo's always-quirky pairing.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Horror, Fantasy
  • Release Date:May 11, 2012
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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