This Friday, Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" hits theaters.
Adding to his spooky, wide-eyed oeuvre, the stop-motion animated adventure that plays off the classic "Frankenstein" and follows Vincent Frankenstein, a grade-school youth with a knack for science. But, instead of bringing a monster to life, Vincent works his magic on his departed pooch, Sparky.
Can Burton resurrect the creepy classic? Take a look at what the critics think about "Frankenweenie."
A movie that's just as enjoyable for the parents as it is the kids, <a href="http://www.moviefone.com/movie/frankenweenie/1380988/reviews">Tim Burton is back on top because "Frankenweenie" is a <em>weener</em>. I'm in!</a>
Elizabeth Weitzman (New York Daily News)
Burton's extraordinary powers of imagination are in dazzling bloom, from the gorgeous stop-motion animation to the goofy, <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/movie-review-frankenweenie-article-1.1174986">homemade horror movies the children direct</a>.
Tasha Robinson (AV Club)
While Frankenweenie is pleasant enough as a curated tour through horror's past, it doesn't add much to its present.
Moira MacDonald (Seattle Times)
Older kids, horror-movie buffs and <a href="http://seattletimes.com/html/movies/2019334938_mr05frankenweenie.html">Burton fans will likely enjoy this oddly gentle tale of a boy and his dog</a>.
Ty Burr (Boston Globe)
"Frankenweenie" is a mere 87 minutes long, <a href="http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/2012/10/04/tim-burton-reinvented-frankenweenie-marvel-behold/qde2pmUtNAAMY5LH9Nu8MK/story.html">which turns out to be just the right length; there's not enough time for Burton to go off the rails as he does in so many of his films</a>.
Glenn Kenny (MSN Movies)
I was nagged by the feeling that the main motivating force behind the film is to convey that its makers <a href="http://movies.msn.com/movies/movie-critic-reviews/frankenweenie.1/">really, really, really love old-school horror movies.</a>
Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)
This isn't one of Burton's best, <a href="http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121003/REVIEWS/121009987">but it has zealous energy</a>.
Katey Rich (CinemaBlend.com)
As energetic children's entertainment with a twist it works fine, <a href="http://www.cinemablend.com/reviews/Frankenweenie-2012-6073.html">but Frankenweenie has the elements to go further before it settles for something that feels too familiar</a>.
Christy Lemire (Associated Press)
Revisiting the past - his own, and that of the masters who came before him - <a href="http://seattletimes.com/html/entertainment/2019324140_apusfilmreviewfrankenweenie.html?syndication=rss">seems to have brought this filmmaker's boyish enthusiasm back to life, as well</a>.
Keith Uhlich (Time Out New York)
What still eludes Burton is the ability to <a href="http://www.timeout.com/us/film/frankenweenie">deepen the superficial allure of his visions</a>.
Chris Packham (Village Voice)
Tight and brief, hitting all the marks you'd expect from an animated kid's film, and enlivened by Burton's visual style. <a href="http://www.villagevoice.com/2012-10-03/film/frankenweenie-awakens-the-pleasures-of-reanimation/">The man should make more small movies like this one</a>.