This delectably ghoulish fairy tale, conceived by Mr. Burton as a full-length film made in stop-motion animation (think of the California Raisins on a dark and stormy night), has a clever visual format that keeps it streamlined and sharp.
—Janet Maslin New York Times
Viewing this big-screen re-release of the 1993 feature is by far superior to experiencing the film on video, which can't hold a candle to the way Burton, Selick and Elfman have crowded the big screen with weird little delights.
—F. X. Feeney LA Weekly
...a feast for the eyes and the imagination.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
...has been resurrected in all its tactile glory.
—Scott Brown Entertainment Weekly
The result, though refreshingly different from mainstream animated fare, is ultimately more trick than treat.
— TV Guide
...a veritable bounty of visual delights...
—Nick Schager Slant Magazine