Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 30, 2012
    63
    It's juvenile from start to finish, which is fine if you're young, but not so great if your sole purpose in a theater is to accompany someone who's young.
  2. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sep 26, 2012
    67
    It's the parental mush about trusting one's kid to make her own discoveries and blah blah blah (spoken in a Sandlerized version of a Dracula voice) that drains the movie of blood. What's left are platitudes, and Sandler singing a novelty song in a Transylvanian-accented falsetto.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sep 27, 2012
    63
    While it's an energetic romp, there is more slapstick humor than wit at work here, and a good deal of borrowing from the far more clever "Monsters, Inc."
  4. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Sep 27, 2012
    75
    There's enough here to entertain - and gross out - the kiddie crowd, and parental units, too
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Sep 26, 2012
    11
    As for Hotel Transylvania,, no need to put a stake in it, it's deadly dull already.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Sep 27, 2012
    25
    Dominated by Adam Sandler's D-minus Bela Lugosi impression, the 3-D animated feature Hotel Transylvania illustrates the difference between engaging a young movie audience and agitating it, with snark and noise and everything but the funny.
  7. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Sep 28, 2012
    38
    After six years in development, this comedy starring and produced by Adam Sandler feels as slapped together one of the comedian's live-action buddy movies.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 27, 2012
    60
    As a vampire might say, "Be- vaaare , all who enter here above the age of 7! What lies on the screen ... is not for you !"
  9. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 28, 2012
    50
    Entertaining enough for the trick-or-treat crowd, but a bit more bite wouldn't kill it.
  10. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 27, 2012
    50
    Has a big-name cast, a cute premise and... and... hang on, thinking here. Nope. That's about it.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Sep 28, 2012
    20
    It features predictable humor and an underdeveloped story.
  12. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Sep 27, 2012
    40
    There are some crowd-pleasers - but Hotel Transylvania never becomes the great monster mash that seemed in the offing.
  13. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Sep 26, 2012
    75
    Hotel Transylvania doesn't raise the bar for animation or comedy but it's fun, and nice for once to have a different reason to say "boo" after an Adam Sandler flick.
  14. 40
    Hotel Transylvania checks in as an anemic example of pure concept over precious little content.
  15. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Sep 25, 2012
    40
    So why does this animated kids' film fail to come together? Bursts of manic pacing steamroll over most of the wit, a little of Sandler's thick-accent shtick goes a looong way, and by the time the requisite life lessons about letting your offspring leave the nest get rolled out, the undead-on-arrival jokes are outnumbered by anemic sitcom gags.
  16. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Sep 26, 2012
    58
    Hotel Transylvania is occasionally the kind of fast-moving, gag-a-second film that relies on quantity of humor rather than quality.
  17. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Oct 12, 2012
    40
    Comedy gothic isn't exactly novel, and frankly there is a sense here of a movie coasting along on Halloween hype-marketing, without providing as many laughs and ideas as it really could have done.
  18. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Sep 27, 2012
    60
    For the first half of the film, amusing monster humor keeps things interesting; some monsters, it turns out, are better at party games than others.
  19. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Sep 25, 2012
    70
    Although it doesn't worry itself with dialectic complexities, Hotel Transylvania succeeds on the level of entertainment.
  20. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Sep 27, 2012
    40
    Hotel Transylvania isn't a complete stinker. Sandler, speaking in a pitch close to his Opera Man routine from his days on Saturday Night Live, is less obnoxious than usual. The visuals are consistently enticing - the castle/hotel is artfully rendered...And there are some bright and funny lines.
  21. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Sep 27, 2012
    75
    The cutest darn thing in Hotel Transylvania is the way Count Dracula spazzes into a brilliant red devil-face when provoked. The second-cutest thing is his annoyed response to being misquoted by idiot humans.
  22. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Sep 28, 2012
    63
    A serviceable animated movie about a soft-hearted Dracula.
  23. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Sep 25, 2012
    75
    Hotel Transylvania is very different from its contemporaries. You just wish that, with so much emphasis on chaos, they could have spent a little more time on character.
  24. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Sep 27, 2012
    63
    Some might say there isn't enough that's fresh here to recommend the movie in a big way, except that every generation of trick-or-treaters deserves its monster mash.
  25. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Sep 28, 2012
    40
    The problem is that Jonathan is possibly the most annoying romantic lead in any film in recent memory. His gnarly, X-Games-loving, righteous-dude shtick is so grating that my frustration with the lack of ferocity in the movie's monsters may be largely because I kept wishing one of them would act like a proper monster and tear him limb from limb.
  26. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Oct 8, 2012
    40
    An animation that never drags itself out of mediocrity despite the best efforts of gifted animator Tartakovsky.
  27. Reviewed by: Paul Bradshaw
    Oct 1, 2012
    60
    Despite the all-star talent, an overload of sight gags and an always-amiable vibe, Genndy Tartakovsky's monster house is a bit too loony for its own good.
  28. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Sep 30, 2012
    70
    The pleasantly disposable animated flick Hotel Transylvania, which gathers all the monsters in the world under one roof, is better than it should be, if not quite as good as it could be.
  29. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Sep 28, 2012
    25
    The only reliable smiles come courtesy of Steve Buscemi, a frequent presence in Sandler movies, here voicing an exasperated, over-extended werewolf dad.
  30. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Sep 26, 2012
    50
    No surprises or major laughs here, but as far as Sandler family fare goes, it's inoffensive enough.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 169 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 46
  2. Negative: 5 out of 46
  1. dpc
    Oct 3, 2012
    10
    Loved it. Took my 6 year old and we both laughed a lot. Being a fan of Tartakovsky from his Dexter's Laboratory days (and others), I thoughtLoved it. Took my 6 year old and we both laughed a lot. Being a fan of Tartakovsky from his Dexter's Laboratory days (and others), I thought the animation was incredible, yet warm unlike other recent computer animated films. The director actually uses the method to its fullest. Plus, I LOVED that they didn't throw in pop culture jokes for the adults, instead they found humor within the art style and situations. Yes, the story's kind of just ok. And, yes, there's a few gaps in the character development. The voice acting is great, even Sandler who is NOT over the top as some critics have pointed out. Got kids? Go see it, get the stick out of your butt and just have fun! (Not everything has to be Pixar, you know...) Full Review »
  2. Mar 7, 2013
    10
    This is an animated movie from Adam Sandler. Reviewing it is really simple: if you think you will like it, you will. It is goofy, funny, kindaThis is an animated movie from Adam Sandler. Reviewing it is really simple: if you think you will like it, you will. It is goofy, funny, kinda dumb and really fun. Don't expect anything more, but if that appeals to you, you'll really enjoy this movie a lot. Our family sure did. Full Review »
  3. Mar 7, 2013
    8
    I liked the movie, despite what most may say. Good voice acting, plenty of laughs and action, and a great family movie. Adam Sandler did aI liked the movie, despite what most may say. Good voice acting, plenty of laughs and action, and a great family movie. Adam Sandler did a great job for this role. Full Review »