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Hotel Transylvania Review

Movies.com Critics

3.0

Dave White Profile

The mad monsters, they party. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    47

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Hotel Transylvania checks in as an anemic example of pure concept over precious little content.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    While it's an energetic romp, there is more slapstick humor than wit at work here, and a good deal of borrowing from the far more clever "Monsters, Inc."

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It's juvenile from start to finish, which is fine if you're young, but not so great if your sole purpose in a theater is to accompany someone who's young.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    It's the parental mush about trusting one's kid to make her own discoveries and blah blah blah (spoken in a Sandlerized version of a Dracula voice) that drains the movie of blood. What's left are platitudes, and Sandler singing a novelty song in a Transylvanian-accented falsetto.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Father-daughter comedy works as intro to monster movies.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Hotel Transylvania is a good introductory "monster movie" for little kids -- the monsters are tame, and the story focuses on Dracula and his daughter as she comes of age (118!). The only potentially frightening elements are Dracula's "angry face," which he flashes when he can't control his rage (it only lasts a few seconds, but it's a bit demonic looking), and a mob scene that puts a central character in danger. There's also a backstory that involves humans killing the main character's mother, but it's handled delicately. Language includes insults/rude words like "stupid" and "shut up," and there's some innuendo, flirting, and a quick kiss between a 118-year-old vampire hybrid and a 21-year-old guy (hey, it worked in Twilight!).

  • Families can talk about who Hotel Transylvania is intended for. It's about monsters that have been in many horror movies, but it's not as scary as some other animated movies. How are the monsters kid-friendly?
  • Can you think of other movies that feature an overprotective father? How does Hotel Transylvania compare?
  • Why are monster movies popular? Why is it sometimes fun to be scared?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: Kids just being introduced to "horror" movies will meet some iconic genre characters.

  • message true3

    Messages: Sweet messages about a father's love for his daughter and his promise to her (and his deceased wife) that he'll keep her safe at all costs. The idea that parents need to eventually step back and let their kids grow up, take risks, and find adventure is the main theme of the story.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Jonathan is an adventurous spirit who learns to see beyond the monsters' freaky/creepy exteriors and discover that they're pretty cool. He encourages Mavis to travel and find her own way in the world. The monsters -- with the exception of Dracula -- can see that Jonathan's a great guy. Mavis, despite being holed up at the hotel, is a well-loved daughter and "niece" to all of her parents' dearest associates. Dracula is a protective, loving father who just wants to keep Mavis safe.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: Dracula has a frightening face that he flashes whenever he can't control his anger. It's definitely the scariest thing in the movie except for the mob scene when the zombies dressed as humans try to torch Mavis. Instead, they catch fire, but the audience knows it's not really humans. The monsters at the hotel aren't really scary. There is a flashback to when humans attacked Dracula and his wife, which resulted in her death. The mother's absence is mentioned frequently, but handled delicately.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Lots of googly eyes and flirtation between Mavis and Jonathan, who eventually kiss. Some mild innuendo.

  • language false1

    Language: Insults like "idiot," "shut up," "jerk," "stupid," plus scatological jokes about all of the "poop"/"waste"/"filth" that Wanda and Wayne's werewolf kids make.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: No product placements in the movie, but McDonald's is selling movie-tie-in Happy Meals.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable

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