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Family . Comedy . Animation

Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.

Actors: Tom Kenny , Conchata Ferrell , Glenn Shadix , Robert Capron , Atticus Shaffer , Martin Landau , Martin Short , Catherine O'Hara , Winona Ryder , Charlie Tahan
Directors: Tim Burton
Country: USA
Release: 2012-10-05
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  • Amy Biancolli

    It is pure, retro-cinematic joy.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The movie, a simple yet immensely pleasurable tale of a little boy and his undead dog, is good enough on its own. If you know the back story, it's even better.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Frankenweenie is a cool little flipbook of historical Burtonian style. It even brings back old friends, including "Beetlejuice's" Winona Ryder and Catherine O'Hara.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    It says something, then, that Burton's best, most enjoyable, and most emotionally resonate film in years is actually an adaptation of one of his very first projects: Frankenweenie.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Frankenweenie has that youthful verve and the ghoulishness of strange kids who will some day be eccentric creators. This movie is an attic experiment for its makers to be proud of and for audiences to cherish.

    Time Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    This magnificent stop-motion cartoon is alive - "it's alive! - with laughs and heart.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Frankenweenie is that rare film that's both kid- and adult-friendly.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Frankenweenie is a love story between a boy and his dog. It is also a beautifully crafted homage to classic horror films, a study of grief and a commentary on the mysteries of science and those who narrow-mindedly fear its advances.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    This delightfully twisted story about a boy and his (dead) dog showcases precisely what Burton excels at: blending the macabre and the heartfelt in a perfect, if oddball, union.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Tim Burton's best film in years.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Getting creeped out has never seemed this totally cool.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    It's probably too early to peg Frankenweenie as Burton's comeback vehicle, but it's certainly the director's best movie in twenty years.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Frankenweenie is stitched together with love and a bit raggedy, like Sparky the dog in question.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Burton's id explodes onto the screen with a plethora of demonic mutated critters.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    Very sweet, very funny, really quite touching and exquisitely handmade, by a film lover with humour and a heart, for a like-minded audience.

    Empire Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Filmmaking is a product of the heart and the head, at least when it's at its best.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Burton's extraordinary powers of imagination are in dazzling bloom, from the gorgeous stop-motion animation to the goofy, homemade horror movies the children direct.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Chris Packham

    Frankenweenie, scripted by John August, and based on a screenplay by Lenny Ripps from Burton's original story, is tight and brief, hitting all the marks you'd expect from an animated kid's film, and enlivened by Burton's visual style. The man should make more small movies like this one.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kevin Harley

    Burton's finest, freshest film in ages is a welcome homecoming. You'd call it patchwork pastiche, if it weren't so zapped with energy, feeling and imagination. It's alive!

    Total Film Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    You have to feel pleased just for the existence of a film like Tim Burton's Frankenweenie. A 3-D, black-and-white, stop-motion animated film, it's a one-man blow for cinematic biodiversity.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    While the big-headed, spindly puppets don't evoke enough emotion to make the movie a must-see, Burton's 3-D design team pours its heart into the monochrome surroundings, from the suburban décor to Victor's laboratory to the carnival midway.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    It's great fun.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    Frankenweenie seems like a genuine effort to pass along this love to the next generation, and if one kid who sees it goes home and demands to watch another movie featuring a giant turtle, it will have done its job.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    This is a more personal movie for Burton than one might initially suspect. The very fact that he elected to re-tell this story after 28 years is an indication of how much it means to him. And I wouldn't be surprised to learn that, as a kid, he had a dog named Sparky.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    This isn't one of Burton's best, but it has zealous energy. It might have been too macabre for kids in past, but kids these days, they've seen it all, and the charm of a boy and his dog retains its appeal.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The picture is frustrating not because it's bad, but because of how almost-good it is.

    NPR Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    He (Burton) has used that tonality deftly here, it keeps Frankenweenie visually stunning and the sensibility light. It's too bad the tale, like Sparky's wagging appendage, keeps falling off.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    While Frankenweenie is fun, it is not nearly strange or original enough to join the undead, monstrous ranks of the classics it adores.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    This beautifully designed canine-resurrection saga feels, somewhat fittingly, stitched together from stray narrative parts, but nonetheless evinces a level of discipline and artistic coherence missing from the director's recent live-action efforts.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The entire project is carefully wrought in visual terms and more than a little familiar. Sometimes even a well-applied pair of jumper cables can't do the trick.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Nothing in the longer Frankenweenie is new.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    It's a likable film, though not a sensational development in Tim Burton's career.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Kerry Lengel

    There's no question it looks fantastic...As for the story, well, much like the original Frankenstein's monster, it is a haphazard assemblage of well-aged source materials jolted back to life with new technology, but it isn't quite as sophisticated as one might hope.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Though the tale demands a darker outcome, the director disappointingly goes the Mouse House happy-ending route with a reprise of the original short film's finale - one that somehow plays with even more cringeworthy sentimentality.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    It's not so much a miscalculation of his audience by Burton as it is a disregard. What lingers after Frankenweenie, far more than its stunning technique, is a sad suggestion of solipsism.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    While Frankenweenie is pleasant enough as a curated tour through horror's past, it doesn't add much to its present.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    It is nonetheless imaginative in a highly familiar and ultimately tedious way.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Tim Burton's sense of playfulness feels forced throughout, and as the film progresses, any humor or inventiveness takes a backseat to tumultuous set pieces that reference Frankenstein.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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