Parents' Guide to

Dark Shadows

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Mixed-up Depp/Burton vampire comedy has blood, innuendo.

Movie PG-13 2012 113 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 29 parent reviews

age 18+

P. C bottoms

I think it has TO MUCH SEX! Children at 14 should not see that. Too much Rowling around and... Moaning. It's an OK movie just a bit scary

This title has:

Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.
age 15+

A bloody mess

While there is no nudity in Dark Shadows there are many awkwardly implied sex scenes, as well as extremely sexual innuendos. The fight at the end is all over the place in all honesty, the witch/snake thing (Angie) has bones cracking and rightening, as well as somehow shattering like porcelain all over the place, the paintings end up "crying" blood, somehow a ghost kills the witch, a werewolf enters - I mean it's just all over the place.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (29):
Kids say (73):

In certain ways, this movie comes closest to celebrated director Tim Burton's best and most personal work. He brings many of his unique touches to DARK SHADOWS, including a dazzling, intricate, gothic design; heavy, crazy makeup (and blonde wigs) for his characters; and a penchant for high operatic style.

But while Burton should have been comfortable with the story's large-scale passions and soap opera emotions -- as evidenced by movies like Edward Scissorhands -- he seems unwilling to take the risk. Instead, he retreats to silly, fish-out-of-water comedy, as written by Seth Grahame-Smith (author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), that's filled with jokes about and references to the 1970s. With stronger material, Burton's films are capable of great verbal wit (Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Ed Wood), but Dark Shadows was more suited to a purely visual treatment.

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