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®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Hotel Transylvania may lack the emotional oomph of Pixar's best efforts, but it makes up for it with rapid-fire gags and an unflagging pace that makes this a rare all-ages treat.

- Alonso Duralde, The Wrap, Friday, September 28, 2012

Fresh: The film is good goofy fun, even as the plot uncorks a whole lotta nothing.

- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, September 28, 2012

Rotten: "Hotel Transylvania" never becomes the great monster mash that seemed in the offing.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, September 27, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I love universal monster movies, and I love Adam Sandler movies. Mix the two together and you have this very funny animated movie. "Hotel Transylvania" is the story of Dracula(Sandler) who owns a hotel for monsters that no human can get to. He is throwing a massive party for his daughters(Selena Gomez) 118 year birthday and all their monster friends are coming. Invisible Man(David Spade), Frankenstein(Kevin James), Wolf Man(Steve Buscemi), Mummy(Ce Lo Green), among many others, when a human, Johnathon, wanders into the hotel. Dracula must then get the human out before the other monsters realize he is there, all the while Jonathon is developing a relationship with Dracula's daughter. I thought this movie was very funny, and a great way to introduce these classic characters to smaller children. Is it the best animated movie? No, but it is very entertaining, and one that adults will find a lot of humor in. All the Sandler regulars are here, and it is perfect for his fans, especially for the ones with kids. I'm sure some people will think this is dumb, and to them I'd say they take themselves way too seriously. Good fun Halloween movie for families with kids that may not be ready for actual scary movies.

- fb100000145236770, Sunday, October 14, 2012

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