Action Adventure Comedy - While this effects-heavy comedy/adventure based on the popular kids'
horror novel series is aimed at the whole family, and most families
will find it appropriate viewing, the horror elements and some
intense action sequences may be too scary for very young kids. Fans
of Jack Black of all ages should enjoy.
Roger EbertFull Review Good ...the movie is breezy and fun, offering thrills for kids and a nicely nostalgic matinee vibe for adults. ...the live-action cast is always engaging and often very funny. ...a lot of good creepy fun in spite of some dubious construction.
NY PostFull Review Average What everyone will remember about "Goosebumps” is . . . nothing. Except that it was kinda like "Gremlins.” a special-effects extravaganza that skips over basics like coming up with an interesting origination myth for the creepy creatures who bring havoc to a sleepy suburb.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 47 moviegoers:
CHILDREN: They all LOVED "GOOSEBUMPS."
TEENS: Two males loved it and two felt it was just "average." The females enjoyed it more with 70% loving "Goosebumps" and another 20% enjoying it very much.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The one male rated it "above average."
ADULTS: GREAT REVIEWS from both the males and females! A full 85% loved "GOOSEBUMPS" with the remaining 15% indicating they enjoyed it very much.
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan
Minnette) finds a sliver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya
Rush), living right next door.
But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach's comes when he learns that Hannah
has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R.L. Stine (Jack Black), the author
of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why
Stine is so strange...
He is a prisoner of his own imagination - the monsters that his books made
famous are rea, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in
their books. When Zach unintentionally unleases the monsters from their
manuscrips and they begin to terroize the town, it's suddenly up to Stine, Zach,
and Hannah to get all of them back in the books whee they belong.