Cinematic Releases: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
I can't say that this is a great horror film and I can't say it's bad either. It's a mediocre entry that might have been much better if Del Toro had taken the directing reigns himself. His signature is apparent but stronger direction would have made this a much better film.
The strongest part of the movie was the child actor, Bailee Madison. She flexes some dramatic skill while Katie Holmes seems typically tired and wooden. Guy Pearce doesn't really fit but does a fair job with the material he's been given.
Overall, this is a good movie but not great. I enjoyed a few jump out of your seat scares and the unique story. I would recommend this as a rental.