Frankenweenie

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  • Summary: After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor's fellow students, teachers and the entire town allAfter unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor's fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new "leash on life" can be monstrous. (Walt Disney Pictures)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Oct 4, 2012
    100
    It is pure, retro-cinematic joy.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Oct 4, 2012
    90
    Frankenweenie has that youthful verve and the ghoulishness of strange kids who will some day be eccentric creators. This movie is an attic experiment for its makers to be proud of and for audiences to cherish.
  3. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Oct 5, 2012
    88
    This delightfully twisted story about a boy and his (dead) dog showcases precisely what Burton excels at: blending the macabre and the heartfelt in a perfect, if oddball, union.
  4. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Oct 4, 2012
    75
    This is a more personal movie for Burton than one might initially suspect. The very fact that he elected to re-tell this story after 28 years is an indication of how much it means to him. And I wouldn't be surprised to learn that, as a kid, he had a dog named Sparky.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Oct 5, 2012
    75
    While the big-headed, spindly puppets don't evoke enough emotion to make the movie a must-see, Burton's 3-D design team pours its heart into the monochrome surroundings, from the suburban décor to Victor's laboratory to the carnival midway.
  6. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Oct 4, 2012
    70
    While Frankenweenie is fun, it is not nearly strange or original enough to join the undead, monstrous ranks of the classics it adores.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 29, 2012
    38
    Tim Burton's sense of playfulness feels forced throughout, and as the film progresses, any humor or inventiveness takes a backseat to tumultuous set pieces that reference Frankenstein.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
  1. Oct 6, 2012
    10
    Yeah,the old Tim Burton is back with his best movie since Sweeney Todd.Frankenweenie is visually beautiful and very emotional,I have to sayYeah,the old Tim Burton is back with his best movie since Sweeney Todd.Frankenweenie is visually beautiful and very emotional,I have to say that what he done in Dark Shadows is forgiven here Expand
  2. Oct 15, 2012
    10
    Frankenweenie is just in time for the Halloween season! I absolutely adored the animation, the storyline, and the outcome. T. Burton is hasFrankenweenie is just in time for the Halloween season! I absolutely adored the animation, the storyline, and the outcome. T. Burton is has definitely made a rebound from Dark Shadows!! Frankenweenie is probably going to be the first animated movie I'll purchase on Bluray once it's available for purchase. Expand
  3. Oct 14, 2012
    9
    Great film! It has the tenderness of Manostijeras, is than macabe like Bitelchús and than original like Nightmare. GreatGreat film! It has the tenderness of Manostijeras, is than macabe like Bitelchús and than original like Nightmare. Great autorreferencial work, is full of tributes to the movies that comprise of the imaginarium of this genial author. Expand
  4. Feb 23, 2013
    8
    A fast paced creepy delight. Tim Burton and Danny Elfman do wonders together. The movie is neither complicated nor boring and is somethingA fast paced creepy delight. Tim Burton and Danny Elfman do wonders together. The movie is neither complicated nor boring and is something that everyone can enjoy. Collapse
  5. Aug 13, 2013
    7
    While the film does not offer much in terms of characters and story it’s a nice film to show your kids. While I wish the film had offeredWhile the film does not offer much in terms of characters and story it’s a nice film to show your kids. While I wish the film had offered something a bit more unique we still got a decent flick. Where the film lacks in characters and story it makes up for it with a creepy tone and awesome character designs. If you want something cute and creepy to show your kids then I’d say check this movie out. If you want something more original I’d say skip and go check out Paranorman which has a more original story. While this film has a fantastic presentation its characters and story are not very original. Expand
  6. Oct 15, 2012
    7
    Burton's best film since 1994's Ed Wood or even 1990's Edward Scissorhands. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carrie-2013-has-hemorrhoids-/154149308058300
  7. Mar 9, 2013
    0
    Several counts of animal cruelty, malformed-looking characters and a storyline that is unsuitable for kids yet "designed" for them regardlessSeveral counts of animal cruelty, malformed-looking characters and a storyline that is unsuitable for kids yet "designed" for them regardless makes Frankenweenie a terrible movie, one that never should have seen the light of day. Shooting it in black and white doesn't help and the voice-acting feels unnatural. I'm kind of surprised Disney put its name under it. Expand

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