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"Hotel Transylvania": Critics weigh in

(CBS News) The new animated comedy starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, "Hotel Transylvania," hits theaters today and critics are on the fence about the vampire flick.

The film stars a slew of celebrity voices including Sandler, Samberg, Kevin James, David Spade, Molly Shannon, Fran Drescher and Selena Gomez.

The hotel in the title  is a five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can relax without being bothered by humans. When Dracula (Sandler) is throwing a party for his daughter Mavis' (Gomez) 118th birthday, everything is destroyed when a human (Samberg) finds his way into the hotel.

The film received a 44 percent on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, with some critics saying the story lacked originality and laughs.

Here's what selected critics had to say:

Michael O'Sullivan of The Washington Post:" 'Hotel Transylvania' may offer a perfectly fine Halloween-themed getaway for young kids, but there aren't many amenities for Mom and Dad."

Amy Biancolli of the San Francisco Chronicle: The film is good goofy fun, even as the plot uncorks a whole lotta nothing.

Claudia Puig of USA Today: "While it's an energetic romp, there is more slapstick humor than wit at work here, and a good deal of borrowing from the far more clever 'Monsters, Inc.'"

Betsy Sharkey of Los Angeles Times: "There are some crowd-pleasers -- a chase that has Dracula and Jonathan riding linen-draped banquet tables like magic carpets, for one -- but "Hotel Transylvania" never becomes the great monster mash that seemed in the offing."

Ian Buckwalter of NPR:"At its core, this movie is little more than Twilight told from the other side of the tracks, only with far more fart jokes."

Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter: "A scarily unfunny animated monster movie that goes awry right off the bat."

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