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'Dark Shadows' Movie Review Round-Up

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Published on May 11, 2012

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Johnny Depp and Tim Burton reunite this weekend with the adaptation of the 1960's gothic soap opera Dark Shadows. It's the first film to take on the might of The Avengers, but will it be worth your hard earned money or should you just go see The Avengers again for the 10th time? Before you head out to the theater, check out what the critics are saying about it in our Review Round-Up.

Dark Shadows reunites director Tim Burton with Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter in a film about Barnabus Collins, a 1770's playboy who is turned into a vampire and buried alive by a jilted witch. He is freed two hundred years later and finds himself in the 1970's, trying to assimilate to his new surroundings and help his descendants return the Collins name to its former glory.

Owen Gleiberman from Entertainment Weekly was a fan of the film and specifically Depp's performance saying, "Depp's performance is more than just funny — it's ghoulishly endearing. He caresses each line with great care, as if it were a piece of candy he's unwrapping, and he gives Barnabas, in his very ''demonic'' intensity, a quality of almost elfin innocence that recalls the characters Depp has most memorably played for Burton."

Manohla Dargis from the New York Times agreed writing, "Dark Shadows isn't among Mr. Burton's most richly realized works, but it's very enjoyable, visually sumptuous and, despite its lugubrious source material and a sporadic tremor of violence, surprisingly effervescent."

The review weren't all positive with Roger Ebert declaring, "Depp seems to inhabit a world of his own, perhaps in self-defense. The others seem to be performing parodies of their characters. Dark Shadows begins with great promise, but then the energy drains out."

Claudia Puig from USA Today was also not a fan saying, "Burton's offbeat montages are amusing, but the story's slow start and overblown conclusion make Dark Shadows half a good movie."

Pretty mixed reviews for Tim Burton's latest with it receiving a 40% on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite the reviews are you still planning to check out Johnny Depp on screen this weekend? If so, be sure to let us know what you thought of the film, because after all, you are our favorite critics. Until next time, I'm Misty Kingma, thanks for watching.

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