- Acting: B (A great cast is at the mercy of the script, but Depp and Green shine.)
- Direction: B- (Not Burton's most groundbreaking or visionary work, but lush, attractive and, in classic Burton form, enjoyably quirky.)
- Script: D (The comedic approach is likable, but the jokes are uneven and the plot goes in too many directions, leaving some storylines neglected.)
- Gore/Effects: C+ (Modest, PG-13 gore; solid CGI effects.)
- Overall: C+ (A pretty mess that wins us over with the cast's charm and the concept more so than the execution.)
Dark Shadows is directed by Tim Burton and is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for comic horror violence, sexual content, some drug use, language and smoking. Release date: May 11, 2012.