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Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violent detective/horror/comedy combo wastes a good idea.

Movie PG-13 2011 107 minutes
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It kicks off with a great idea -- combining the old-style detective genre with popular monsters -- but for having such an inspired start, the movie feels oddly uninspired. The mystery isn't very hard to figure out, the comedy isn't very funny, and the monsters aren't very scary; even the visual effects show little imagination. Munroe never conjures up anything remotely scary, and his action scenes are lumpy and sluggish.

Routh is slowly beginning to demonstrate some of the personality he was lacking in Superman Returns, and his character is mostly interesting, despite some bumps in logic; Dylan begins the movie as a slob but quickly changes over to a sleek, black wardrobe once he takes on the new mystery. Perhaps a better movie could have done some justice to this potentially appealing character, but this isn't it.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 29, 2011
  • On DVD or streaming: June 21, 2011
  • Cast: Anita Briem , Brandon Routh , Sam Huntington , Taye Diggs
  • Director: Kevin Munroe
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors
  • Studio: Freestyle Releasing
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 107 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sequences of creature violence and action, language including some sexual references, and some drug material
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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