"Dark Shadows" isn't exactly working its supernatural powers on film critics. The latest collaboration between director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp is receiving lukewarm reviews in its opening weekend.
Based on the TV soap opera from the late 1960s and early `70s, "Dark Shadows" features Depp as a vampire who returns to his stately home after being buried for the past two centuries and tries to restore his family's good name. AP Movie Critic Christy Lemire gave it just one and half stars out of four, saying: "`Dark Shadows'" feels too languid, bogged down as it is with an obsessive eye for costumes and period detail rather than offering anything resembling an engaging story."
Also opening this week, in limited release, is the dark comedy "God Bless America" from writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait. Joel Murray plays a divorced, recently fired man who's so fed up with the deterioration of modern society that he goes on a killing spree. Lemire gave it three stars out of four, writing: "Goldthwait's targets are many and easy and obvious in this satire of everything that's wrong with the world today, but he hits them squarely and in bold fashion."
Here's a look at how these movies and others fared on the top review websites as of Friday afternoon. Each score is the percentage of positive reviews for the film:
_ "The Road": Metacritic, 71; Movie Review Intelligence, 70.5; Rotten Tomatoes, 80. Average: 73.8.
_ "God Bless America": Metacritic, 53; Movie Review Intelligence, 57; Rotten Tomatoes, 63. Average: 57.7.
_ "Where Do We Go Now?": Metacritic, 56; Movie Review Intelligence, 67; Rotten Tomatoes, 48. Average: 57.
_ "Dark Shadows": Metacritic, 56; Movie Review Intelligence, 58.8; Rotten Tomatoes, 41. Average: 52.
_ "Girl in Progress": Metacritic, 48; Movie Review Intelligence, 40.3; Rotten Tomatoes, 29. Average: 39.1.
_ "Hick": Metacritic, 27; Movie Review Intelligence, 31.5; Rotten Tomatoes, 0. Average: 19.5.