Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania


Even monsters need a vacation.

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.... More

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.Hide

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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.... More

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.Hide

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BY Red superstar

Few laughs, nothing on Pixar, Disney or even DreamWorks' output.

BY Malpak nobody

Loved watching this movie with my son. Awesome movie, and it made me laugh. Would recommend to all that don't mind a little vampire!!!!

BY Aidan1 superstar

This was an awesome movie so much fun to watch and the cast of actors were awesome would recommend it to anyone.

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44% of critics recommend.
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  • 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. Full Review

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

  • 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. Full Review

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

  • 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. Full Review

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

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