Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

critic Reviews

78% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score78%
  • Like the bestselling series of books that inspired it, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark opens a creepy gateway into horror for younger genre enthusiasts.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Joe FriarThe Victoria Advocate
    The tension builds, the special effects are gruesome, and most of all the film is fun for both young and old moviegoers.
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    Federico FurzanCinelipsis
    Blame the high expectations, but this adaptation feels bland and vague. Trailers should never be better than the actual movie. In this case they were. [Full review in Spanish].
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    Tessa SmithMama's Geeky
    The plot is fun, the stories are creepy, and I enjoyed every minute of it. But just as is often true, the books were better than the movie.
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    Jeff YorkCreative Screenwriting
    By couching all of the original shorts in the over-arching small-town kids' story, this adaptation short-shrifts the shorts. There's not enough of them here, and that makes them feel sketchy.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    John McDonaldAustralian Financial Review
    If you're thinking this seems to be a list of horror clichés and stereotypes, that's not an uncharitable suspicion. The filmmakers' skill rests in the way these stereotypes are reanimated in a narrative that contains a surprising number of layers.
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    Jim Schembri3AW
    You'd have to be part of that treasured horror movie demographic who jumps with fright whenever somebody spills a box of popcorn to get much spook value out of this slice of sub-Stephen King schlock.
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    Ezequiel BoettiOtroscines.com
    A gothic horror story made with trade and knowledge, with the ability to scare through the noblest tools of cinema. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Damien StrakerImpulse Gamer
    The content feels too meek and derivative of other shows and movies and doesn't justify the criticism of the books.
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    Stephen RomeiThe Australian
    This is a solid horror movie, thanks to its source material, its freakish monsters, its definite jump scares and good performances by Colletti and Garza.
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    Vicky RoachDaily Telegraph (Australia)
    Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark gets under your skin like a good campfire story should.
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