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Sleepy Hollow

Horror . Mystery . Thriller . Fantasy . Drama

New York detective Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of mysterious deaths in which the victims are found beheaded. But the locals believe the culprit to be none other than the ghost of the legendary Headless Horseman.

Actors: Michael Gambon , Miranda Richardson , Christopher Lee , Steven Waddington , Lisa Marie , Christopher Walken , Michael Gough , Casper Van Dien , Christina Ricci , Ian McDiarmid , Johnny Depp
Directors: Tim Burton
Country: USA , GERMANY
Release: 1999-11-19
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  • Roger Ebert

    This is the best-looking horror film since Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula."

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    This is a very bloody fantasy (reds do eke their way into the black-and-blues), but it's hard to think of another film with as many severed heads whose overall tone is so sweet.

    USA Today Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    There isn't a bankable Hollywood director with a flintier sense of aesthetic integrity.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Robert Horton

    It is thrilling to look at, and that's more than one can say for the majority of pictures out there. Full Review
  • Jeff Giles

    At its best it's a marvel: bold, exciting and full of visions.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Sleepy Hollow may be late for Halloween, but this trick is a real treat.

    Time Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    An entertainingly eccentric horror tale that envelopes the audience in a dreamy and bloody nightmare.

    Variety Full Review
  • Marc Caro

    Visually sumptuous and playfully creepy.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Lots of brilliant filmmaking and high-spirited acting, at least until the story turns repetitious and formulaic in the last 30 minutes.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Jonathan Foreman

    As a horror movie, even one inspired by the kitschy Hammer horror films of the 1950s, it's disappointing.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    There must be nine or 10 thwacks to the neck throughout Sleepy Hollow, and Burton finds a different way to make the resulting severed noggin fall as though you'd forgotten the last one.

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    It has a dickens of a time telling a story.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Steve Simels

    A triumph of genre filmmaking.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The look of Burton's Gothic dream landscape, both lulling and energizing, is vested with so much power that it could almost substitute for narrative drive. Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    There's so little going on with either the film's story or its characters, however, that there is plenty of time to get lost in cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki's eerily beautiful visuals.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Ernest Hardy

    Even though it delivers on frights and special effects, and is well-acted and gorgeous to look at, never really surprises us. Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    More creepy and flesh-crawling than overwhelmingly gory, it nevertheless takes pride in characters who get splattered with blood as often as take-out fries get doused with catsup.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Little more than a lavish, art-directed slasher movie.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    Burton's films are endearing and impassioned despite the fact that they generally fail to tell a whole story, create a single rounded character, or inspire even mild laughs or chills.

    Mr. Showbiz Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Despite its flaws, Sleepy Hollow stays with you, the dark beauty of its images powerful enough to invade your dreams.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    A feast of imagery.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Your body's sitting there in the theater, but it feels as if your head is someplace else.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    An uneven, if lively, diversion.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The film, though seldom sleepy, is often hollow.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    Hasty pacing makes for a rich and exciting movie, but not an especially spooky or spellbinding one.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Janet Maslin

    Turns the tale of the Headless Horseman into the pre-tabloid story of a rampaging serial killer.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    A ferocious yet lyrical piece of filmmaking--an enchanted bloodbath.

    Slate Full Review
  • Rita Kempley

    In Burton's hands, Washington Irving's spooky classic is reincarnated as an overripe, grisly Goth cartoon.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • William Arnold

    It all comes together to be a remarkably dull movie.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Jay Carr

    A gorgeous screenful of period eye candy.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Flawed at its core but stunning nonetheless.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    Tim Burton's new movie is gorgeous -- shot by shot it may be the most impressive thing he's done.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    A film with no theatrical core and no integrity in the writing, acting or storytelling.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Gorgeous filmmaking that brims over with funhouse thrills and ravishing romance.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
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