The cutest darn thing in Hotel Transylvania is the way Count Dracula spazzes into a brilliant red devil-face when provoked. The second-cutest thing is his annoyed response to being misquoted by idiot humans.
—Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle
It's the parental mush about trusting one's kid to make her own discoveries and blah blah blah (spoken in a Sandlerized version of a Dracula voice) that drains the movie of blood. What's left are platitudes, and Sandler singing a novelty song in a Transylvanian-accented falsetto.
—Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly
A serviceable animated movie about a soft-hearted Dracula.
—Sara Stewart New York Post
Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, where you can check out any time you like, but you will never laugh. With apologies to The Eagles, "almost never."
—Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service
The main reason I'm giving this a more favorable rating than my actual opinion of the movie would seem to call for is because the screening I attended also had a lot of kids in the audience, and most of them were relatively delighted.
—Glenn Kenny MSN Movies