Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Reviews

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September 14, 2019
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is an atmospheric adventure film, with nostalgic fear to remind children that not all fairy tales have happy endings.
September 12, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is worth watching because... there's a terror that represents a certain humanism that combines social realism with a gloomy iconography. [Full Review in Spanish]
September 10, 2019
'Scary Stories' is a celebration of writing and storytelling.
September 8, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark effectively captures the primal horror of campfire stories while doing justice by Schwartz's creepy designs in a marriage of old-fashioned practical thrills and sleek modern effects.
September 6, 2019
... the film's greatest failing, which made this sugary confection leave a bad taste in my mouth, is that it utterly lacks the books' ill intentions.
September 5, 2019
A great premise which is frustratingly underutilised, Scary Stories isn't really a great scary story - it's just pretty good.
September 3, 2019
There were some creepy visuals and moments but nothing that really had me on edge.
August 30, 2019
The film... is a loving and faithful adaptation, even if it gets lost in its attempt to wrap the whole thing up in a neat metaphor.
August 30, 2019
It's slightly baggy, and could deal with some reigning in, but the characters are well-done, and you like the writes itself into the fiction, and it's good filmmaking...
August 29, 2019
The genre tropes are all alive and well and Scary Stories delivers them with élan but the dispiriting ending hangs over everything like a pall.
August 27, 2019
Much of it plays like IT, Junior Edition, and I do mean that as a compliment. It is definitely PG-13 horror, but it really puts its proverbial back into it.
August 26, 2019
Building to a gratifying finale, the tale seems to end at a natural point before a very uninspired final scene tries to set up a sequel that this story definitely doesn't need.
August 26, 2019
Proof, once again, that a creaky floorboard, judiciously used, is worth more than any expensive digital trickery.
August 26, 2019
Atmospheric, beautifully designed, with a charming storybook quality, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is the kind of horror you hope teenagers would be into, rather than the latest slasher flick or bit of torture porn.
August 26, 2019
[T]he director André Øvredal reveals too much, and the ghoulish atmosphere just drains away.
August 26, 2019
There's never much of a question about where it's heading, but there's a lot of gruesome fun to be had along the way.
August 26, 2019
An atmospheric world surrounds thoughtful but half-hearted horrors. As The Shape of Water also suggested, del Toro is sometimes too soft-hearted to equal the horror traditions he loves.
August 26, 2019
Genuinely spooky and shiver inducing, this is far more than just a welcome respite from the formulaic Blumhouse horror hegemony. Something tells me we haven't seen the last of this lot.
August 26, 2019
Beyond the monsters, the film doesn't have a whole to offer.
August 25, 2019
It looks great and the cast gives it their all, but Scary Stories is neither scary nor fun enough to be anything more than a passing, easily forgotten carnival of (mild) horrors.
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