Box art for Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania

anime & animation, children & family, comedy


The last thing Simon Van Helsing, the youngest in a line of monster hunters, wants to do is fall in love with Dracula's daughter, Mavis.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    45%
  • Audience Score
    72%

common sense

ON for kids age 7
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
0 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Father-daughter comedy works as intro to monster movies.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hotel Transylvania is a good introductory "monster movie" for little kids -- the monsters are tame, and the story focuses on Dracula and his daughter as she comes of age (118!). The only potentially frightening elements are Dracula's "angry face," which he flashes when he can't control his rage (it only lasts a few seconds, but it's a bit demonic looking), and a mob scene that puts a central character in danger. There's also a backstory that involves humans killing the main character's mother, but it's handled delicately. Language includes insults/rude words like "stupid" and "shut up," and there's some innuendo, flirting, and a quick kiss between a 118-year-old vampire hybrid and a 21-year-old guy (hey, it worked in Twilight!).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about who Hotel Transylvania is intended for. It's about monsters that have been in many horror movies, but it's not as scary as some other animated movies. How are the monsters kid-friendly?
  • Can you think of other movies that feature an overprotective father? How does Hotel Transylvania compare?
  • Why are monster movies popular? Why is it sometimes fun to be scared?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Although it does still have the lame jokes and bland story that Adam Sandler films usually do, "Hotel Transylvania" is thankfully not a part of that trend. It does have it's fart jokes and isn't without a couple racist & offensive gags, but at it's core, it is really just a heartwarming story about Count Dracula and his daughter becoming old enough to explore the world, being safe. It is very by the numbers and plays it very safe, but it is effective and the animation is great. I enjoyed watching this film one time around, but I can't see myself going out of the way to watch it again, unless it's on tv or one of my friends rented it. I laughed and I felt a little tingle in my heart by the end, so it at least accomplished that. It's average, and even though it is effective at times, it is very very generic and dull. Still I give it credit for having heart!

- fb733768972, Saturday, October 6, 2012

3 stars

A fun, funny and sentimental family film that has a good amount of low brow gags and cleverness to entertain a family for an hour and a half. I love when movies cleverly use the horror element and make it funny (Good example: Beetlejuice). It's just a very fun time for families and animation-lovers alike.

- drcamyo, Saturday, September 29, 2012

3 stars

Attention to detail is all important in animated films and the makers of Hotel Transylvania know this while many other animated films forget. The story is fun, not too preachy or cliched even when you expect it to be. It's not too schmaltzy either, another pit fall that seems rife in the world of animation. I thought the voices were good too, the cast picked for how they sound rather than who they are but with some well known names just the same. The biggest let down for me, and it is a bit of a animation cliche, is the bloody awful music. All that attention to the visual detail just to let themselves down with the sound seems like such a shame. http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/hotel-transylvania-dir-genndy.html

- SirPant, Wednesday, September 24, 2014