Tim Burton's most enjoyable movie in a long time.
- Tom Charity, CNN.com, January 07, 2013
Burton's best film since 1994's Ed Wood or even 1990's Edward Scissorhands.
- Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, October 10, 2012
This is a Tim Burton film with something to say. And that's a rare and precious thing.
- Dave Calhoun, Time Out, October 10, 2012
The stop-motion animation - a favorite tool of Burton's - is given loving attention, and the character design is full of terrific touches, such as the hulking flat-topped schoolmate who looks a bit like a certain man-made monster.
- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, October 05, 2012
The best thing about an animated monster movie with this much heart is: It's alive. In the best possible way.
- Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, October 05, 2012
This 3-D, black-and-white "family" comedy is the year's most inventive, endearing animated feature.
- Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, October 05, 2012
Designed to appeal to both discriminating adults and older kids, the gorgeous, black-and-white stop-motion film is a fresh, clever and affectionate love letter to classic horror movies.
- Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, October 05, 2012
The most Tim Burton-y of the director's films, and not just because it contains a vast catalog of references to his own movies - everything from "Edward Scissorhands'' to the underrated 1989 "Batman.''
- Lou Lumenick, New York Post, October 05, 2012
"Frankenweenie" may just be a wacky horror cartoon, but it's an awfully good wacky horror cartoon. Frighteningly good, you might say.
- Tom Long, Detroit News, October 05, 2012
It's a quintessential Burton film, but also more Disney than a lot of Disney films.
- Rafer Guzman, Newsday, October 05, 2012
A 3-D, black-and-white, stop-motion animated film, it's a one-man blow for cinematic biodiversity.
- Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, October 05, 2012
The overall effect is great cinema, good fun, a visual feast for pie-eyed Burton fans - and a terrifically warped reminder of just how freaky a PG film can be.
- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, October 04, 2012
Some audiences might feel that "Frankenweenie" is creaky, but those on the same wavelength as Burton will gratefully declare it's alive.
- Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 04, 2012
While "Frankenweenie" is fun, it is not nearly strange or original enough to join the undead, monstrous ranks of the classics it adores.
- A.O. Scott, New York Times, October 04, 2012
There are so many horror auteurs Burton wants to thank that the film is absolutely bursting at the seams with knowing nods.
- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, October 04, 2012
Burton half succeeds in making this revamped Frankenweenie its own distinctive creature, pieced together from the essential bits of the 29-minute original. But he just doesn't know when to stop, and his overgrown creation gets the better of him.
- Stephanie Zacharek, NPR, October 04, 2012
Frankenweenie is the apotheosis of goth director Tim Burton's oeuvre: artistic yet sterile, incredibly meticulous and totally misbegotten.
- David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer, October 04, 2012
The story brims with self-parody, social satire, horror, nostalgia, wit and emotional insight, with Burton keeping all the plates spinning.
- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 04, 2012
Only Tim Burton could envision this Frankenstein-inspired tale, and it's a honey, a dark and dazzling spellbinder that scares up laughs and surprising emotion.
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, October 04, 2012
"Frankenweenie" is a mere 87 minutes long, 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.
- Ty Burr, Boston Globe, October 04, 2012