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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark


Rated R for violence and terror.

R In Theaters 08/26/2011 , 100min.
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Viewer score based on 296 ratings
Critic score based on 35 reviews

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March 26, 2012
January 14, 2012
not even scary
October 21, 2011
Failed attempt at a horror movie, or thriller, or much of anything else !
October 07, 2011
That was no horror movie.
September 30, 2011
Average. Could have been a lot scarier.

Critic Reviews powered by Metacritic ™

Washington Post
Feels retro in all the right ways; it's a bump-in-the-night tale that, if not for the occasional glimpse of a cellphone or reference to Adderall, could have been told decades ago. Full Review
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
All of this amounts to so much stylish nostalgia - not half as repulsive as the splatterific torture porn currently dominating the horror genre, and not half as cynical, either. Full Review
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
Really, truly, very scary … At least until about 30 minutes in, when you start to be distracted by the lack of logic in the storytelling and the fact that the nasty little gremlins responsible for all the bumps in the night can be offed pretty easily. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
This insipid wannabe frightener features a checklist of derivative conventions. Full Review
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
Does Katie Holmes's hubby get script-doctoring rights even on her own film projects? That would explain why Troy Nixey's inane Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro, at times suggests an anti-Rx PSA. Full Review
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