"Goosebumps" is a curio in that it doesn't even attempt to capture the mood or flavor of the beloved Nineties book series, and in that regard could easily be considered a failure - but it does serve as a loving and self-aware homage to creator R. L. Stine. A game Jack Black and charming teen cast help make this more entertaining than you'd expect, even if in practice it feels like "Jumanji" with Halloween monsters.
OK mix of horror and kid flick which may whet the appetite for your future horror hounds. Nothing special here with some run of the mill effects and a few chuckles that pay some service to Stine's works but certainly not homage. One could do worse in finding a suitable Halloween movie for the tykes (though we'll stick with 'Nightmare before Xmas' here).
Relatively fun family horror adventure in the vein of Monster Squad, but it's neither humor, scares and adventure are not as satisfying and sophisticated. The scares in particular become so muted with CG effects, and their conception rarely goes beyond having a horde of creatures running. More thoughtful setpieces around the specifics of the monsters would have worked beautifully. Still, this vein is always pleasant.
Far too few kiddie horror films nowadays. Granted the genre doesn't bank a lot, but most of these films are fun and this reminded me how much we need another Monster House (or at least more Jack Black).
Meh. A string of bald fanservice set pieces that don't share the spirit of the books. Has an affable sense of humor, though. And the insights into R.L. Stein's relationship with his own work showed promise. If his character had been the focus of the movie, it could have been a lot better, I think.