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.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    The plot takes many twists with an ingeniously designed set of monsters creating havoc at regular intervals.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    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.
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    James BerardinelliReelViews
    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.
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    Larushka Ivan-ZadehTimes (UK)
    Proof, once again, that a creaky floorboard, judiciously used, is worth more than any expensive digital trickery.
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    Tim RobeyDaily Telegraph (UK)
    Scary Stories hits with the scares as much as it misses with the storytelling, levelling out to a glass half full.
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    Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    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.
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    Laura Di GirolamoExclaim!
    Format-wise, the film may have benefited from being a more straightforward anthology of shorts based on the stories, which were effective because they were so brutally concise.
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    M.V. MoorheadPhoenix Magazine
    These and other spooky specters are memorably incarnated, to be sure. But I'm pretty easy to scare, and I can't say I found the movie, directed by Norway's Andre Ovredal of 2010's excellent Trollhunter, all that scary.
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    Alison ForemanMashable
    Scary Stories struggles to get around to making whatever additional point it had, instead using a wealth of in-between scenes to justify its feature-length format.
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    Chris McCoyMemphis Flyer
    Good bones are what keep Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark upright.
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