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Rated PG-13 · 112 minutes · 2012

Comedy, Fantasy
After the boring tragedy that was Alice in Wonderland, the normally reliable Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team up once again to induce nap time with this plodding adaptation of the cult-fave vampire soap opera. Depp plays Barnabas Collins, who was cursed by an evil witch (Eva Green) two centuries ago and buried. Somebody digs up his coffin to make way for a McDonald’s, and boom, Barnabas is strutting around in the ’70s. Or at least he should be. Instead, he spends most of his time moping around his mansion while droning his lines. This could have been something funny and weird, but Burton actually goes for a soap-opera feel, and it does not work. I would like to see Depp do a real drama or a smart comedy without burying himself under makeup and wigs. Having seen what he looks like in The Lone Ranger, I know I won’t be getting my wish anytime soon.


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Official Site: darkshadowsmovie.warnerbros.com/index.html
Director: Tim Burton
Producer: Tim Burton, Richard Zanuck, Graham King, Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, David Kennedy, Chris Lebenzon, Nigel Gostelow, Tim Headington and Bruce Berman
Cast: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Haley, Jonny Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz, Gulliver McGrath, Ray Shirley, Christopher Lee, Alice Cooper, Ivan Kaye, Susanna Capellaro and Josephine Butler

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Portland Mercury Team Barnabas Dark Shadows: Go Team Barnabas. Forget Team Burton. by Wm. Steven Humphrey 05/10/2012
Creative Loafing Atlanta Hollywood Product: Dark Shadows Tim Burton and Johnny Depp put their unique spin on the ghouish serial by Edward Adams 05/10/2012
Colorado Springs Independent Bad marriage: Dark Shadows The Burton-Depp creative marriage has grown less and less creative with every passing reunion. by Scott Renshaw 05/09/2012
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Memphis Flyer Dark Shadows Redux Tim Burton's comic revival of the cult, macabre soap opera. by Chris Herrington 05/10/2012
Arkansas Times Full-blooded, but frail 'Dark Shadows,' like much of Tim Burton's recent work, doesn't gel. by Sam Eifling 05/16/2012
Style Weekly Tale from the Crypt "Dark Shadows" resurrects an old TV show into a visually stunning comic thriller. by Wayne Melton 05/15/2012
East Bay Express Dark Shadows Female trouble. by Kelly Vance 05/16/2012

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