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
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5
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

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

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

1 star

Took me longer than I thought it would, but I finally saw Hotel Transylvania. Hard to believe it was a Genndy Tartakovsky film. Maybe if he helped write it it would have been funnier and less dull. Other than a few decent jokes, it wasn't very fun. For a movie with many fast-paced jokes, quick editing, and fluid animation, it felt a bit sluggish. Jon Lovitz does an unrecognizably well job as Quasimodo which was most likely the best side] character in the whole movie.

- aSpaceCowboy, Monday, November 12, 2012