General consensus: about three
stars. Ebert 3.5/4, Maltin 2.5/4, Berardinelli 3.5/4
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- With their
dollars ... it wasn't a smash, hit, but
it took in $38 million domestic in its theatrical
release, and has generated $19 million since from rental
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, I say B-, a good enough musical with crossover
appeal due to a love story, a horror element, a history (the
Corman Version), great puppeteering, and lots of humor.