Hotel Transylvania

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Adam Sandler is the voice of Dracula, owner of the finest 'five stake' monster resort outside of the human world in this animated family comedy. The hotel lets monsters and their families be themselves without the interference of pesky humans.

To celebrate his daughter Mavis' (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday, Dracula organises a monster bash at the resort. On the invite list: Frankenstein (Kevin James), the Mummy (Cee-Lo Green), the Invisible Man (David Spade). But when ordinary human fellow Jonathan (Andy Samberg) stumbles into the party and finds a soulmate in Mavis, Dracula won't let it stand.

Hotel Transylvania is the big-screen debut of Genndy Tartakovsky, the Emmy-winning visionary behind Dexter’s LaboratorySamurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars series.

Starring
Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Kevin James, David Spade, Andy Samberg, Fran Drescher, Cee-Lo Green, David Koechner, Molly Shannon

Directed by
Genndy Tartakovsky (feature debut, TV's 'Dexter's Laboratory', 'Samurai Jack', 'Star Wars: Clone Wars')

Written by
Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, David I. Stern

Studio
Sony Pictures Animation

(PG) some scenes may scare very young children | Animated, Comedy, Family | USA | Official Website


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4 Stars out of a possible 5 Stars

It's a really cool movie!!! :)

Reviewed by Lola Robinson
Funniest movie in a long time
4 Stars out of a possible 5 Stars

Well worth a look. Adam Sandler as Dracula and Selena Gomez as his curvy daughter make a great team. Be sure to watch the end credits for additional cartoon humor. I forgot to watch the mini-movie on the DVD and returned it without seeing it. So don't be like me and forget!

Reviewed by Bukster
Great
4 Stars out of a possible 5 Stars

this was a great funny family movie for all ages.

Reviewed by Charklet

PRESS REVIEWS

Average rating 2 Stars out of a possible 5 Stars


AV Club (USA)

A story about the difficult balance between protecting loved ones and controlling them is discarded so the cast can monomaniacally pursue a trite cliché summed up with a silly noise.

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Hollywood Reporter

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

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New York Times

For the first half of the film, amusing monster humor keeps things interesting; some monsters, it turns out, are better at party games than others.

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Slant Magazine

Yet another instance of a decent, potentially thorny premise bogged down in a mess of treacly sentiment and tedious moralizing.

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Time Out New York

So why does this animated kids' film fail to come together? Bursts of manic pacing steamroll over most of the wit, a little of Sandler's thick-accent shtick goes a looong way, and by the time the requisite life lessons about letting your offspring leave the nest get rolled out, the undead-on-arrival jokes are outnumbered by anemic sitcom gags.

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Variety (USA)

A stale overprotective-dad story set within a location that could easily house a more inspired mix of characters and events.

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Flicks.co.nz "Hotel Transylvania" Movie Review

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Aaron Yap, Flicks.co.nz

Genndy Tartakovsky’s name might not be immediately familiar, but for anyone who has tuned into the Cartoon Network in the last decade or so, the guy’s a vital presence, producing such staples such as Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack.  His debut foray into feature-length animation, Hotel Transylvania is a mildly diverting piece of Tim Burton-esque Gothic comedy, though it clearly suffers from being passed through too many hands.

Peter Baynham and Robert Smigel’s screenplay (from a story by three other writers!) is actually an uncredited rewrite by Tartakovsky, so what we’re left with is the work of a director with just enough imagination to energise an awfully routine story that appears to have been gestating for ages while films like Monsters Inc., Despicable Me and Brave got made and covered similar territory.

It definitely doesn’t lack for a variety of motley character designs, with Tartakovsky going whole hog on his liberally-exaggerated versions of classic Universal monsters, featuring everything from cuddly werewolf pups to zombie bellhops. The father-daughter spat between Adam Sandler’s smothering, old-fashioned Dracula and his just-turned-118 daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) can’t feel anything but a little musty, but every once in the while, the film surprises with its touching whimsy.

Dracula’s bond with goofy, chilled-out backpacker Jonathan (Andy Samberg), played out over levitating ghost tables, is a neat little set-piece, while in a late sequence where Dracula gets a helping hand from his human counterparts, Tartakovsky shows a genuine fondness for these icons. Such moments make Hotel Transylvania a passable ride, hoary clichés, flat jokes and all.


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