Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
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  1. 90
    Gorgeous filmmaking that brims over with funhouse thrills and ravishing romance.
  2. 88
    This is the best-looking horror film since Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula."
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    This is a very bloody fantasy (reds do eke their way into the black-and-blues), but it's hard to think of another film with as many severed heads whose overall tone is so sweet.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    An entertainingly eccentric horror tale that envelopes the audience in a dreamy and bloody nightmare.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    Sleepy Hollow may be late for Halloween, but this trick is a real treat.
  6. 80
    There isn't a bankable Hollywood director with a flintier sense of aesthetic integrity.
  7. Reviewed by: Jeff Giles
    80
    At its best it's a marvel: bold, exciting and full of visions.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    80
    It is thrilling to look at, and that's more than one can say for the majority of pictures out there.
  9. 75
    It has a dickens of a time telling a story.
  10. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    75
    Visually sumptuous and playfully creepy.
  11. As a horror movie, even one inspired by the kitschy Hammer horror films of the 1950s, it's disappointing.
  12. Lots of brilliant filmmaking and high-spirited acting, at least until the story turns repetitious and formulaic in the last 30 minutes.
  13. There must be nine or 10 thwacks to the neck throughout Sleepy Hollow, and Burton finds a different way to make the resulting severed noggin fall as though you'd forgotten the last one.
  14. 70
    There's so little going on with either the film's story or its characters, however, that there is plenty of time to get lost in cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki's eerily beautiful visuals.
  15. In between all this head-scratching nonsense, Sleepy Hollow can be fun, usually whenever the Headless Horseman shows up for swordplay that's better than anything in "The Phantom Menace."
  16. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    70
    A triumph of genre filmmaking.
  17. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    70
    Even though it delivers on frights and special effects, and is well-acted and gorgeous to look at, never really surprises us.
  18. 70
    The look of Burton's Gothic dream landscape, both lulling and energizing, is vested with so much power that it could almost substitute for narrative drive.
  19. More creepy and flesh-crawling than overwhelmingly gory, it nevertheless takes pride in characters who get splattered with blood as often as take-out fries get doused with catsup.
  20. Little more than a lavish, art-directed slasher movie.
  21. 63
    Burton's films are endearing and impassioned despite the fact that they generally fail to tell a whole story, create a single rounded character, or inspire even mild laughs or chills.
  22. 63
    An uneven, if lively, diversion.
  23. The film, though seldom sleepy, is often hollow.
  24. Your body's sitting there in the theater, but it feels as if your head is someplace else.
  25. 63
    Despite its flaws, Sleepy Hollow stays with you, the dark beauty of its images powerful enough to invade your dreams.
  26. 60
    In Burton's hands, Washington Irving's spooky classic is reincarnated as an overripe, grisly Goth cartoon.
  27. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    60
    Turns the tale of the Headless Horseman into the pre-tabloid story of a rampaging serial killer.
  28. Hasty pacing makes for a rich and exciting movie, but not an especially spooky or spellbinding one.
  29. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    A ferocious yet lyrical piece of filmmaking--an enchanted bloodbath.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 212 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Jul 13, 2014
    10
    Sleepy Hollow has great effects and acting in a creepily effective tale. The whole movie is exciting,
    refreshing and every moment is
    Sleepy Hollow has great effects and acting in a creepily effective tale. The whole movie is exciting,
    refreshing and every moment is enjoyable. If you're looking for a epic horror thriller, Sleepy Hollow
    will satisfy your palate.
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  2. Dec 4, 2012
    10
    The best movie with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp working together (except for possibly Edward Scissorhands). This puts a modern and dark spin onThe best movie with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp working together (except for possibly Edward Scissorhands). This puts a modern and dark spin on the old Hallowe'en tale. The aesthetics are creepy and the performances of the actors and actresses are great. The story is great. Johnny Depp is absolutely excellent in his role as Ichabod. This movie was an instant classic the day it was released. Full Review »
  3. Sep 20, 2013
    9
    Fresh spin on the classic story. Love the contemporary twist. After watching the pilot episode, I am now intrigued and committed to watchingFresh spin on the classic story. Love the contemporary twist. After watching the pilot episode, I am now intrigued and committed to watching the next few episodes. Good writing, good acting, great imagination, all the ingredients for potential greatness. Hopefully, the series lives up to this great pilot. Full Review »