Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Reviews

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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.
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 26, 2019
[T]he director André Øvredal reveals too much, and the ghoulish atmosphere just drains away.
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
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.
August 25, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark gets so caught up in its plot that the scares end up feeling like an afterthought.
August 25, 2019
This uneven film can't decide who it's trying to scare.
August 25, 2019
...would've been better off had it been structured as a traditional horror anthology.
August 24, 2019
A slight fright night.
August 18, 2019
Should've gone the anthology route, or a route that doesn't deliberately rip off "It" and "Stranger Things."
August 16, 2019
Honestly, I would have preferred a Netflix mini-series.
August 16, 2019
Øvredal's sense of horror is neither notably stark nor significantly ornamental; it's nearly textureless, as if it had been squeezed from a tube.
August 14, 2019
Not scary enough; not dark enough. Don't think the franchise is going to happen.
August 13, 2019
It's like the Lucky Charms of horror tropes.
August 12, 2019
The movie tries to do too much, ultimately failing to do any of it well. If you'll excuse the pun, it just can't seem to find a happy medium.
August 10, 2019
The teen monster fest starts slow and drags throughout, failing to generate any sustained suspense.
August 10, 2019
The creatures are skillfully crafted, but the rest feels very bland, generic, predictable and pedestrian. Not scary enough for adults and probably too slow for youngsters. [Full review in Spanish]
August 10, 2019
New elements like a car chase and a Stephen King-esque psychotic bully are unable to meld with the existing material.
August 9, 2019
This adaptation of stories from Alvin Schwartz's early eighties book series (co-produced by Guillermo del Toro and bearing his cinematic thumbprint) is thin plot-wise but with some great visuals and jump scares.
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