More goofy fun than such a blatant cash-in ought to be.
Tom Huddleston, Time Out, 2016-02-01
It gently mocks the traditions of the genre -- giant preying mantis rips roof off high school -- while never getting too frightening.
Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail, 2015-10-16
Jack Black fires up a stampede of comic terrors ready made for Halloween. Sure it's exhausting. But Goosebumps, knowing its audience, lets it rip.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2015-10-16
It's a cheerful, nasty delight.
Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture, 2015-10-16
Goosebumps isn't detached or ironic, nor does it pretend to be something it's not. It's a bonus for fans who pored over the books and it celebrates the fun side of things going bump in the night.
Adam Graham, Detroit News, 2015-10-16
The film goes too wide and gets a little soft at the end, but not fatally so. It's the rare horror film - well, sort of horror - that you and your children can enjoy together.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2015-10-15
"Goosebumps" would seem to yield the serial pleasures a voracious Stineophile might desire.
Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, 2015-10-15
It's the best treat we've gotten this Halloween, and definitely not just a bigger-budgeted version of the "Goosebumps" seen on TV.
Tom Russo, Boston Globe, 2015-10-15
Goosebumps fulfills its purpose, and that's what matters.
Molly Eichel, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2015-10-15
A tongue-in-cheek love note to spook stories of yesteryear, "Goosebumps" is a kid-friendly crowd pleaser adults can love, too.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2015-10-15
This Goosebumps ride may be bumpy, but it works and it is worthwhile.
Bruce Kirkland, Toronto Sun, 2015-10-15
Goosebumps is chock full of fun moments whether they're all logical or not, and it's an adventure that should appeal to both young viewers new the series and older readers who devoured them as kids.
Britton Peele, Dallas Morning News, 2015-10-15
The pace is great, with the last hour being an all-out monster attack, as all of Stine's creatures - a werewolf, zombies, a mummy, murderous garden trolls and a particularly sarcastic ventriloquist's dummy - go on the rampage.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2015-10-15
Jillian Bell's brief scenes as Zach's Bedazzling-obsessed singleton aunt are fun. So is Darren Lemke's solid script, which leans heavily on groaners and bad jokes to balance scares.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, 2015-10-15
Black gets to show us his ability to play nasty, distant and angry -- all in a way we really have never seen from him before. The bottom line is: It works perfectly.
Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times, 2015-10-14
The film doesn't try hard to make the case that Hannah's as "real" as anyone else despite being from a book, though it easily could have. That's Goosebumps's implicit premise when it comes to the monsters, after all.
Lenika Cruz, The Atlantic, 2016-01-21
At a guess, I'd say that Goosebumps will satisfy its core audience - fans of R.L. Stine's popular children's books - and bore pretty much everyone else.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2015-10-16
Maybe it's for the best; maybe a truly scary story would have alienated the target demographic, or their parents.
Matthew Lickona, San Diego Reader, 2015-10-15
The production values are better suited for a television movie, and the music, by Danny Elfman, is distractingly intrusive.
Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, 2015-10-15
As effects-heavy time-wasters go, Goosebumps is mostly harmless, even sporadically amusing. But it isn't likely to keep anyone up at night, out of fear or excitement.
A.A. Dowd, AV Club, 2015-10-15