It is pure, retro-cinematic joy.
—Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle
Frankenweenie is a cool little flipbook of historical Burtonian style. It even brings back old friends, including "Beetlejuice's" Winona Ryder and Catherine O'Hara.
—Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
This isn't one of Burton's best, but it has zealous energy. It might have been too macabre for kids in past, but kids these days, they've seen it all, and the charm of a boy and his dog retains its appeal.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun Times
It is nonetheless imaginative in a highly familiar and ultimately tedious way.
—Todd McCarthy Hollywood Reporter
Tim Burton's sense of playfulness feels forced throughout, and as the film progresses, any humor or inventiveness takes a backseat to tumultuous set pieces that reference Frankenstein.
—Nick Schager Slant Magazine