“Dark Shadows”: Sophomoric Yet Winning

The early reviews of “Dark Shadows,” the latest Tim Burton weird-a-thon starring too-cool-to-play-normal Johnny Depp, are mixed, but that won’t derail the box office. Todd McCarthy writes: ‘The humor slithers between the clever and the sophomoric and the film too often seems willing to settle for mild humor at the expense of hippie-era mores instead of pursuing the palpable temptation to become genuinely twisted. Still, with its central bloodsucker vs. witch rivalry and Depp in one of his patented bizarre roles, this has all the ear and tooth marks of an early summer winner for Warner Bros.’

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